Minimalist shoes are shoes that most closely approximates the barefoot running condition. They have lessened cushioning, thin soles and lighter weight, which allows for more sensory contacts for the foot on the ground.
Generally, there are two types of minimalist shoes: Barefoot Running Shoes are characterized by their zero drop from heel to toe. In other words, the heel has minimal cushioning and is at the same height level as the toe. The Vibram FiveFingers belongs to this category.
Minimalist Running Shoes are in-between traditional running shoes and barefoot running shoes. They have a minimum heel height of about 4–8 mm. The Nike Free has a 17 mm heel and is marketed as minimalist running shoe, though this designation is disputed by some.
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