New Balance MR00 Minimus Running Shoe - Men's - $54.98

Featherlight and minimalist in design, the New Balance Men's MR00 Minimus Running Shoe delivers the benefits of barefoot running with the protection of an ultralight trainer. This shoe cuts out all the added junk you'll find in a more traditional running shoe. Instead of a thick, elevated heel and midsole, the MR00 keeps the heel low and the heel and forefoot heights level. Hefty cushioning is replaced by thin, lightweight foam and a flexible outsole. Soft, breathable mesh takes the place of the thick, stifling upper of yesteryear, and the liner is designed not those who prefer socks, but for runners who prefer to go barefoot inside their shoe--what a concept. Barefoot-style running with a minimalist shoe like the MR00 has a few advantages, one of which is the strengthening of the muscles in your foot and ankle and another is the ability to transition more easily between foot strike styles. Without the thick cushioning and extensive support structure found in a more traditional running shoe, your body is forced to strengthen the muscles in your foot as your foot flexes with newly found freedom. And as your foot grows stronger and your technique improves, the MR00's zero-drop design allows you to choose the foot strike style that works best for you, from heel to midfoot to forefoot. Suddenly you're given the tools to reconnect with the terrain, practice your running form, and free your foot--all thanks to this minimalist, performance trainer. - $54.98