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How to Buy Men's Minimalist Shoes

Guide

Trail

Focus on cushioning and foot protection and ease into minimalist-style trail running shoes by building up your mileage slowly. Off-road running with minimal cushioning and support requires strong feet and joints. Minimalist trail shoes offer less protection but you'll still find some with toe guards or extra-protective outsoles.

Road

Consider cushioning and drop. The more cushioning you have the less impact your foot and joints will have to absorb and some argue that the lower your shoe's drop, the easier it is to mid or forefoot strike. Ease into low drop, zero drop, and barefoot running shoes-your feet need time to adapt.