Minimal footwear is low profile - lower to the ground than the average running shoe - and has less heel to toe drop, even to zero drop. Many racing shoes work very well as minimal footwear because they are very low, light, and flexible. We recommend runners start slowly with minimal footwear, even going to a light-weight trainers, then lower profile shoes, then barefoot-like footwear if desired. Going too minimal too fast may cause more harm than good. It may take up to 90 days to allow your body to adapt to some minimal footwear. We recommend barefoot-like footwear for natural surfaces like grass, and then for occasional workouts to improve running form and efficiency. We all can adopt and use good/natural/barefoot running form in running shoes on the roads. We do not recommend barefoot-like footwear for paved surfaces.
We stock a variety of minimal footwear.
All Altra footwear has a 0mm Drop
Instinct, Provision, Torin, Paradigm, One, Impulse - Road Shoes
Lone Peak, Olympus, Superior - Trail Shoes
PureFlow - 4mm Drop - Light
PureCadence - 4mm Drop - Light & Stable
PureGrit - 4mm Drop - Trail
Kinvara - 4mm Drop - Very Light
Mirage - 4mm Drop - Very Mildly Stable