Whether you are an aspiring barefoot runner or just want to get in touch with your own feet, "Barefoot" shoes are a great shoe for strengthening your legs and improving tactility. Here we introduce some of the best minimalist shoes.
There are many articles about why you should try barefoot shoes as a trail runner. But if you are not a runner, should you even care? Sure, of course!
Not only for trailrunners
We spoiled our feet with modern shoes. Due to the thick soles and the support of the arch of the foot, our feet have become soft and weak. We seem to believe that our feet can not touch the ground without being hurt. Modern footwear wraps our feet like armor.
Throughout most of human history, our ancestors wore simple shoes with minimal support, such as sandals or leather socks with some additional layers on the sole. They also wore things like kilts, tights and three-quarter pants. Why? Because they wanted to show the impressive calf muscles they had developed as they walked around and did not wear overbuilt shoes.
For us the change to minimal shoes means a certain learning curve. Without the cushioning of a thick heel, you'll need to take advantage of the natural shock absorption mechanisms: ankles, toes, and foot muscles, instead of just landing on the heel bone and letting the kick go up your knees and back.
But the challenge is the benefit. They will make more use of your feet, make your legs stronger and absorb the impact where it belongs (your muscles), rather than being absorbed now (by our shoes, bones and joints). Wearing barefoot shoes, even when traveling in the city, can strengthen your legs. You will also feel agile enough to jump over a candle holder and any other shoe will feel like a ski boot by comparison.
Everyone is different. If you have problems with your feet, contact someone who has spent seven years in the foot school before putting on minimalist shoes. You'll also find out what your dog already knows: sidewalks are not as fun as dirt and grass.
Would you like to try barefoot shoes? Here are some of the top applicants.
Best Premium Shoe: Merrell Vapor Glove 3 ($ 50- $ 1
Even though this is not the latest version of this line, the Merrell Vapor Glove 3 is perhaps the most popular upper-class barefoot single-mode shoe. It was successful enough to come up with different material options (cotton or mesh) and a low-profile Vibram sole that rises just too high at the front to keep your toes from sticking to a root, sidewalk, or other dreadful object.
Because they are top sellers, they are also available in different colors. This is great because athletic shoe manufacturers sometimes only offer a khaki or yellow safety vest, so you have to choose the lesser of two evils.
The disadvantage of this shoe (and most with minimal construction) is even the high-end brands tend to deviate from normal use. We're not sure how to fix it (making the web of spider silk?), But it's consistent with shoes that are not as overbuilt as the ones we're used to.
The Vapor Gloves 3 come in styles of men and women. There are also a lot of testimonials from users to help you decide if this shoe makes sense for you.
Best Affordable Shoe: FITKICKS (20 – 25 USD)
Are the Merrell's too fat? for your blood? Well, these FITKICKS cost a lot less. Instead of opting for the cross-trainer look, they are more like the Vans Old Skool robes of barefoot shoes. They are super simple and there is only one model, but there are a variety of colors and patterns.
They resemble a bit of water shoes or slippers that could carry spaceship crews into the artificial habitat in the near future.  But do not be fooled by its modest, simple design and low price: Garrett Busch of breakingmuscle.com says his first pair took 900 miles and he successfully used them for a half marathon. So these are serious running shoes when you need them. Bush also notes that these shoes force you to make mistakes in your walking or running patterns, as you can really feel the ground through them.
FITKICKS is also available in men's and women's sizes.
Best Five-Finger Shoe: Vibram KSO ($ 55- $ 90)
This list would be barefoot without stating a pair of the slightly fissures in the five-finger style. For the uninitiated, these strange-looking foot gloves are the poster shoes of the barefoot contemporary spirit.
When Vibram is not busy making soles for Merrell, he makes his own shoes. Her perhaps most iconic creation is the FiveFingers line. The KSO is one of the more modern FiveFingers models. It has the fit that you only find in shoes that lovingly enclose each toe of mesh and rubber. Why do not you give each of your toes some privacy?
FiveFingers, however, are a preferred thing. It's hard to quantify the benefits you get over a one-to-one shoe. Either you love the idea and the feeling, or you do not. If you love it then the Vibram KSOs are a good choice and they are available for both men and women.