Experience the benefits of running barefoot, while enjoying the protection of shoes designed for the road. These lightweight shoes promote a natural, neutral stride while giving your feet greater protection from hard asphalt surfaces. If you find yourself swayed by the enthusiasm of barefoot running proponents, but you’re not quite ready for road-to-skin contact, these are your shoes.
- Uppers are synthetic mesh with overlays, for breathable, quick-drying shoes that secure your feet in place.
- Low-profile midsoles are extremely lightweight, made with Acteva Lite® foam, which is 24% lighter than standard EVA midsole foams. Combined with Dupont Engage® and Dupont Elvaloy®, it lends exceptional durability and compression set resistance to the shoe.
- Outsoles are low-profile blown rubber for grip and further lightweight cushioning.
Some shoes include added motion control or stability features to help minimize pronation or supination, where the foot tends to roll inward or outward in a biomechanically imbalanced running position.
The approximate thickness of the midsole cushioning under the heel and the forefoot. A thicker heel and greater difference between heel and toe height tends to suit heel-strike runners, while forefoot and midfoot strikers may prefer a minimal drop between heel and toe cushioning.
|11 - 7mm|
The drop is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot midsole cushioning. Traditional running shoes tend to have a 10mm drop or higher while minimalist style shoes are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Waterproof shoes and boots feature a waterproof-breathable membrane and a gusseted tongue to help keep your feet dry in wet conditions.