Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 3 Running Shoe - Men's - $79.96

Saucony's Men's ProGrid Kinvara 3 Running Shoe embraces the idea of minimalist design without shorting you on cushioning or comfort. At just 7.7, ounces this shoe feels feathery light underfoot so you have less shoe to contend with and everything from the uppers to the outsole were designed with enough flexibility to encourage your foot to move with utter freedom. Seamless uppers feel buttery smooth against your foot whether you decide to go barefoot (as some do) or rock a thin pair of synthetic socks. A mere four millimeters of heel-forefoot offset (drop) allows you to more easily adopt a midfoot or forefoot striking style, but there's enough cushioning to allow you to revert to a heel strike if you need to relax a little late in your run. Saucony has a range of minimalist-style road shoes under ten ounces, including the Mirage 3 and the Virrata. Compared to the Kinavara, the Mirage offers additional midsole support and a HRC Strobel board to improve cushioning while the Virrata features a zero-drop offset and ultralight build (just 6.5 ounces). A healthy balance between these two options, the Kinavara is for the 5k runner looking for a reduced-drop shoe or the marathoner who wants to go light without sacrificing cushioning or flex. - $79.96