December 29, 2012 By Peter Larson 11 Comments Time for post #2 in my “Best of 2012” shoes series.
Barefoot-style shoes are my preferred choice for all-day casual wear (I wear them regularly at work), and I also use them for the occasional run (they are great for form work). Filed Under: Minimalist Running, running shoes, top shoes 2012 About Peter LarsonThis post was authored by Peter Larson. I suppose I could with enough training and buildup, but I prefer a cushioned shoe for longer distances.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor - opinions expressed on this blog are my own, and thus should not considered medical advice. Barefoot-style running shoes like these Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Shoes optimize your outdoor performance. A versatile, minimalist hiking shoe that fits in anywhere from creeks to crags, the Men's True Glove Barefoot Running Shoes from Merrell let you .
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The Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Running Shoe takes running back to nature with its minimalist design.
While some practice this exercise without any type of footwear, running with an alternative thin-soled and flexible shoe is now equated to barefoot running. Each season, Miz Mooz produces a unique, fun, and affordable collection of beautifully tailored leather shoes.

Running in this type of shoe requires a very gradual buildup to avoid transition injury, and you can expect to feel every pebble underfoot (so not the best choice for gravel or trails). The 180s have a more traditional shape and aren’t quite as roomy as the Altra Samson, but compared to most shoes on the market the 180s are plenty spacious. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. I'm a former college anatomy professor who gave up tenure to build a career around my passion for running.
You should assume that any link to an online retailer on Runblogger is an affiliate link, meaning that Runblogger Media, LLC receives a small commission for any sale made. These TrekSport Barefoot-style running shoes were designed with rugged, high-performance materials including abrasion-resistant Coconut Active Carbon in the upper for natural breathability, 4mm EVA in the midsole for plating protection, and a lightly cleated 4mm Vibram performance rubber outsole for extra traction on a variety of terrain. The Trail Glove provides protection from rocks, sticks, and debris, but does so with a snug-fitting sole-only style.
These funny looking barefoot running sneakers are made for fitness enthusiasts to really feel the ground when running and working out.
I define barefoot-style shoes as zero drop shoes with minimal cushion between the foot and the ground.
The Merrell Barefoot last is nearly a perfect match for my foot shape, and I like the snug, glove-like fit through the midfoot and heel (some may not like the support under the arch though). I now spend my days chasing around my three little kids, annoying my wife with endless talk about running, and writing this website.

By removing the angle of support shoes and all of the extra material Merrell's barefoot shoes give you better ground feel and control and more of a natural strike zone.
Vibram Fivefingers and Vivobarefoot pioneered this category, but these days my preferences have moved to offerings from other brands (toe pockets don’t work too well for me, and the Vivobarefoot sport shoe aesthetic is not my favorite).
On the side I also coach runners and perform running gait analysis at Performance Health Spine and Sport Therapy in Concord, NH. Plus, the TrekSport, like all FiveFingers models, allow your foot to flex and absorb terrain just like if you're barefoot.
Many say that running with naked feet is healthier and reduces the chance of injuries and “heel-striking” that often occurs when wearing typical sneakers.
On the other hand, some say that running properly is more important than the type of shoe a runner wears. Nevertheless, the minimalist footwear option has recently become more popular as it protects the foot while giving the feel of running with as little material surrounding the foot as possible.

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