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As close to barefoot as you'll care to get.
- Nearly nonexistent uppers use super-light mesh and a synthetic exoskeleton really cut down on weight
- XT-900 impact pads on the heels, balls, and toe-off points protect your feet from rough terrain and increase the life of these shoes
- The zero heel-to-forefoot drop creates virtually flat footbeds for barefoot-like feel and no pronation correction
- Wide toe boxes and flex grooves directly behind the metatarsals let your toes flex for a natural push off
- Note: Saucony cautions that it can take time (weeks) for your feet and legs to adapt to minimal footwear, so start off slow (1 day per week for short distances) if you're used to a more structured shoe
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Slip-on vs.Lace -up
I tried both this and the newer lace-up version of this super lightweight shoe, but sent this one back. These easily run a half size small, and are quite difficult to get on. I didn't feel like the heel tab adjust was of any use to me. They are comfortable enough without a sock, however the laced version runs true to size and allows room for that option. The laced version also has a roomier toebox and more width across the ball of the foot. If you have narrow feet and/or low-profile toes you might like the slip-on model better. Both are ridiculously light and compact, and I plan to take them backpacking for river crossing and camp shoes as well as general hiking and running.