The 10 Best Barefoot Running Shoes For Men

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in November of 2018. In recent years, many runners have begun transitioning away from traditional sneakers, instead opting for minimalist footwear. Many believe that the excessive cushioning and bulk of standard shoes is biomechanically detrimental, whereas these barefoot models engage more muscles, improve posture and running gait, and enhance one's tactile connection with the terrain.. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Merrell Trail Glove 4

2. Vibram V Trail Runner

3. New Balance MT 10v1 Minimus

Editor's Notes

December 12, 2018:

A few of our picks straddle the line between barefoot runners and minimalist trail runners, but in reality, there is very little difference between the two. For instance, the Merrell Trail Glove 4 are barefoot-inspired, but it hardly matters, because they are essentially the same thing with a slightly different aesthetic and profile. Regardless, for those set on the Vibram 5-Finger style models, we have included a fair share, because in truth, they are still among the best on the market, even after the initial hype and novelty has died down.

4. Vibram Cross-Trainer KSO Evo

5. Xero TerraFlex

6. Vibram V-Run

7. Xero Prio

8. Vibram KSO-M

9. Troadlop Mesh

10. TSLA BK30

Daniel Goldstein
Last updated by Daniel Goldstein

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.

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