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F-Lite 230 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Inov 8 F-Lite 230 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $82.46 Reg. $109.95 25% Off

5 5 (4)

  • black
  • blue

Road-X 255 Running Shoe - Men's

Inov 8 Road-X 255 Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $71.97 Reg. $119.95 40% Off

5 5 (7)

  • blue
  • yellow
  • green
  • white

MO80 Minimus Running Shoe - Men's

New Balance MO80 Minimus Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $44.98 Reg. $99.95 55% Off

5 5 (8)

  • orange
  • black

Vapor Glove Running Shoe - Men's

Merrell Vapor Glove Running Shoe - Men's

$79.95

4 5 (3)

MR00 Minimus Running Shoe - Men's

New Balance MR00 Minimus Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $87.96 Reg. $109.95 20% Off

5 5 (14)

  • purple
  • green
  • blue

Road Glove 2 Running Shoe - Men's

Merrell Road Glove 2 Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $74.96 Reg. $99.95 25% Off

3 5 (1)

  • black
  • gray
  • yellow
  • blue

Wave Evo Cursoris Running Shoe - Men's

Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $71.97 Reg. $119.95 40% Off

5 5 (2)

  • orange
  • white
  • green

Pendulum Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Vasque Pendulum Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $65.97 Reg. $109.95 40% Off

5 5 (3)

  • green
  • black
  • red
  • orange

Rogue Fly Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Montrail Rogue Fly Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $53.97 Reg. $89.95 40% Off

5 5 (4)

  • red
  • blue

ProGrid Mirage 3 Running Shoe - Men's

Saucony ProGrid Mirage 3 Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $65.97 Reg. $109.95 40% Off

4 5 (1)

  • red
  • gray
  • orange
  • more

Mix Master 2 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Merrell Mix Master 2 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $38.48 Reg. $109.95 65% Off

5 5 (10)

  • green
  • yellow
  • black

Virrata Running Shoe - Men's

Saucony Virrata Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $49.47 Reg. $89.95 45% Off

5 5 (2)

  • red
  • yellow
  • black
  • green

Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Salomon Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale $89.96 Reg. $119.95 25% Off

5 5 (12)

  • black
  • green

ProGrid Peregrine 3 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Saucony ProGrid Peregrine 3 Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale $71.47 Reg. $109.95 35% Off

5 5 (2)

  • orange
  • blue

Hyper-Track Guide Trail Running Shoe - Men's

The North Face Hyper-Track Guide Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $58.48 Reg. $119.95 55% Off

5 5 (3)

  • orange
  • white
  • red

Mix Master Tuff Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Merrell Mix Master Tuff Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale $71.97 Reg. $119.95 40% Off

4 5 (1)

  • green
  • gray

MS Feline Ghost Running Shoe - Men's

Dynafit MS Feline Ghost Running Shoe - Men's

Sale $58.48 Reg. $129.95 55% Off

5 5 (3)

  • black
  • orange

MT1010 Minimus Trail Running Shoe - Men's

New Balance MT1010 Minimus Trail Running Shoe - Men's

Sale from $65.97 Reg. $109.95 40% Off

4 5 (15)

  • yellow
  • red
  • blue

Evo Lite Running Shoe - Men's

VIVOBAREFOOT Evo Lite Running Shoe - Men's

Sale $77.97 Reg. $129.95 40% Off

5 5 (2)

  • gray
  • blue

How to Buy Men's Minimalist Shoes

Free Your Feet to Feel Light and Fast

Minimalist running shoes are a category of both road and trail running shoes designed with lightweight materials, simple construction, and minimal cushioning or support. Rather than wrap your foot in lots of cushioning and control its movement with tons of support, minimalist shoes allow your foot to flex and absorb impact naturally. Barefoot shoes are an extreme example of a minimalist shoe. With little more than laces, some synthetic material, and a thin coating of rubber to act as a sole, barefoot shoes simply act as a second skin for your feet—everything else is up to your feet. Determine the amount of cushioning you need and the amount of drop you prefer and go from there.

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.

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.