Minimalist running shoes are now in their third generation and benefiting all runners whether they have transitioned to minimalist shoes or not. Prices have also dropped although not drastically as new technologies are still being introduced. But the choices now available have been both confusing and numerous to the uninformed consumer.
To help your holiday shopping, we have compiled our top five list of the best minimalist road shoes for running on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. These shoes are all zero drop and designed for road running. All of them have breathable and soft uppers, is lightweight and flexible, but also have wide toe boxes for your toes to splay.
The Altra ONE is designed for road running and racing, both as a training shoe and a racing shoe. The midsole is made of blended EVA/AltraBound while the outsole consists of blown rubber SpeedPod. The uppers is made of a lightweight quick-dry air mesh with traditional lacing. The tongue is made of a felt-like material and extra comfortable.
Read the full Altra ONE review here.
Available on Zappos online store.
Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas
Lightweight and low to the ground, the Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas captures the essence of natural running. A zero drop platform and low toe spring encourage a mid-to-forefoot landing, and Wave technology in the midfoot provides a touch of impact protection and added spring during toe-off for a responsive ride. A wide forefoot allows your toes to splay, while the use of few overlays in the upper keeps it flexible to move effortlessly with your foot.
Read the full Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas review here.
At a mere 5.2 ounces, the Newton MV3 is the lightest Newton Running shoe they have ever produced and is a lightweight performance shoe crafted for fast-paced running. Ultra-lightweight and designed for speed, the MV3 is a racing shoe with a zero-drop profile. It's designed for short- or mid-distance racing and weekly speed workouts.
Read the full Newton MV3 review here.
Puma FAAS 100 R
Strengthen your feet and enhance speed with the FAAS 100 R. It's built for runners who want to feel light and fast as well as get the most out of the ground beneath their feet. Ideal for training, this shoe has the least amount of cushioning in the FAAS line with a 0mm heel to toe drop that helps strengthen feet and lower extremities over time.
Read the full Puma FAAS 100R review here.
The VIVOBAREFOOT ONE is the ultimate on-road or in-gym barefoot performance shoe. The uppers feature a lightweight and breathable hex mesh with V-Web lamination for stitch-less lateral support. It is also lined with a soft fit performance lining containing environmentally friendly Aegis to provide active moisture management, anti-stink, and a pure barefoot experience.
Read the full VIVOBAREFOOT ONE review here.
Available on VIVOBAREFOOT online store.