Barefoot, or nearly barefoot, running is a hot trend, with more and more shoe companies targeting "barefooters" with minimalist shoe designs. If you're eager to try a pair, here is a roundup of the summer's latest lightweight running upgrades, all of which encourage midfoot striking yet with other features, such as cushioning or stablility.
Mizuno Wave Rider 15, $115
men: 10.6 oz. | women: 8.7 oz.
This shoe features midsole technology that helps cushion the blow of your landing. If you're a fan of the Rider series, this upgrade isn't as roomy in the toebox, so wider feet might not be as comfortable.
Nike Lunar Eclipse +2, $135
men: 11.6 oz. | women: 9.5 oz.
These plush, lightweight stability shoes allow the feet to respond naturally to the road and expand slightly after a few repeat wears.
Altra Provision, $105
men: 9.5 oz. | women: 8.5 oz.
This minimalist style offers a more rigid sole and arch support than your standard barefoot-runner options.
Karhu Stable, $120
men: 11.7 oz. | women: 10.3 oz.
Best suited for mild overpronators who are light on their feet, the Karhu Stable offers minimal cushioning for a bulk-free ride.
Under Armour Charge RC, $120
men: 9.25 oz. | women: 8.5 oz.
The two-piece upper encourages your foot to flex naturally. This shoe is best suited for neutral runners on shorter, faster runs.
Inov-8 Road-X Lite 155, $120
men: 5.47 oz. | women: 5 oz.
The Road-X Lite is a snug, flexible, and uber-lightweight minimalist shoe that almost molds to your foot, making it great for faster runs.
Reebok Zignano Fly II, $100
men: 10.2 oz. | women: 8.5 oz.
Reebok's Zignano is ideal for heel strikers and features a large midfoot geared for wide-footed runners.
Saucony Hurricane 14, $140
men: 11.2 oz. | women: 9.7 oz.
Great for runners looking for supportive cushioning, the Hurricane 14 offers plushy softness without losing too much stability along the way.
Skechers Go Run, $80
men: 6.9 oz. | women: 4.9 oz.
Targeted at heel strikers hoping to improve their strides, this shoe encourages a natural midfoot strike and a springy, responsive transition. Ideal for your first minimalist runner shoe.
New Balance 860v2, $110
men: 9 oz. | women: 7.2 oz.
This shoe offers just the right amount of cushioning for overpronators without too much bulk.
Adidas adizero Boston, $110
men: 9.5 oz. | women: 8.2 oz.
Lightweight, flexible, and flat, the Boston is the shoe to wear for faster workouts and races.