Shoe: Barefoot Running

Photograph by Vibram FiveFingers

Barefoot running, the biggest trend in the sport in decades, mostly isn’t—barefoot, that is. But Vibram’s unconventional FiveFingers come closest while still protecting your feet, and the recent model, the Bikila, is the most directly oriented toward running. The sock liner is more comfortable, the 3mm insole more protective, and the 4mm outsole better girded with thin plating. If you can get over your feet becoming a conversation piece wherever you run, there’s no better way to adopt “barefoot” fitness ($99; www.vibramfivefingers.com).

 

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