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WR00 Minimus Running Shoe - Women's

New Balance WR00 Minimus Running Shoe - Women's

$109.95

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XA Pro 3D Ultra CS WP Trail Running Shoe - Women's

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra CS WP Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$86.97 $144.95 40% Off

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Helios Trail Running Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Helios Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$95.96 $119.95 20% Off

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Wildcat 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$154.95

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XR Crossmax 2 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

Salomon XR Crossmax 2 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$76.97 $139.95 45% Off

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Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$129.95

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Mix Master Move Glide Running Shoe - Women's

Merrell Mix Master Move Glide Running Shoe - Women's

$94.95

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Vapor Glove Running Shoe - Women's

Merrell Vapor Glove Running Shoe - Women's

$79.95

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WO80 Minimus Running Shoe - Women's

New Balance WO80 Minimus Running Shoe - Women's

$119.95

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MTR 201 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

Mammut MTR 201 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$128.95

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Pendulum Trail Running Shoe - Women's

Vasque Pendulum Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$95.96 $119.95 20% Off

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Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe - Women's

Salomon Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$59.98 $119.95 50% Off

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WT110 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

New Balance WT110 Trail Running Shoe - Women's

$31.48 $89.95 65% Off

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Evo Lite Running Shoe - Women's

VIVOBAREFOOT Evo Lite Running Shoe - Women's

$58.48 $129.95 55% Off

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How to Buy Women's Minimalist Shoes

Women's minimalist running shoes, both road and trail running shoes, use lightweight materials and minimal cushioning or support so your foot flexes and absorbs impact naturally. Barefoot shoes are an extreme example of a minimalist shoe, and they serve as little more than a protective skin for your foot. Determine the amount of cushioning and support you need and go from there.

Trail
Focus protection and cushioning, and ease into minimalist-style trail running shoes by slowly adding mileage. Trail running with minimal cushioning and support requires strong feet and joints. Consider shoes with toe guards or added cushioning if you run particularly rugged trails.
Road
Cushioning and drop are you primary concerns. The more cushioning you have the less impact your foot and joints will have to absorb and (depending on how you run) the lower the 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.