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NEO VIVOBAREFOOT, £85, www.vivobarefoot.com "I built up to these shoes and did lots of drills on grass to strengthen my lower limbs. Neos are the 'daddy' of barefoot


shoes. A wide toe-box makes me feel like I'm in touch with the ground – but the Evo outsole is puncture-resistance and the upper is breathable, lightweight and water resistant."


MERRELL MEN'S TRAIL GLOVE, £84, www.merrell.com "A completely minimalist shoe designed to engage your feet efficiently, avoid injury and strengthen your body core, from your feet up. The Merrell Barefoot Collection is all about giving you the freedom to feel the terrain underfoot, while also providing maximum protection for your foot soles."


MERRELL WOMEN'S BAREFOOT PACE GLOVE, £82, www.merrell.com


"The outsole has 0mm ball to heel drop – so not for beginners. The 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate maintains flexibility, and protects too. Comes with Merrell Omni-Fit lacing system for a glove-like fit."


INOV-8 ROAD X 238, £95, www.inov-8.com "Categorised according to the difference in height between


heel and forefoot (these are 21mm heel, 12mm forefoot), using Shoc-Zone™ 1 to 4 Arrow system (this is 3). 'Innovative' design


that helps you make a gradual transition to natural running. A comfortable female specific shoe, with narrow/soft heel cuff."


NEWTON, £135, www.newtonrunning.co.uk


"With its unique 'lug' system that pushes you forward, these are best for forefoot, biomechanically efficient runners. These shoes weigh just 290g (UK size 8) and have Newton’s Action/


Reaction™ technology in the forefoot and an advanced rear foot design aimed at maximising forward propulsion."


NIKE FREE RUN+ 2, £70, www.nikerunning.com


"Replaces Nike Free 5.0 and delivers a more barefoot-like ride than its predecessor. The unique multi-layered upper design features minimal overlays that allow for a much wider range- of-motion – inspired by the bones/ligaments in the foot. The waffle pistons in the outsole help absorb impact."


SAUCONY PROGRID KINVARA, £85, www.saucony.com "A neutral, lightweight, cushioned, flexible shoe – great transition to the lightest Hattori 'zero drop' shoe. The difference between the height of the heel and the height of the forefoot is just 4mm, possible because of ProGrid Lite cushioning."


K SWISS BLADE LIGHT, £85, www.kswiss.co.uk


"This great-looking, lightweight shoe (240.9g) includes enough support to offer a great start for those wanting to try out an


everyday lightweight shoe. Feet are kept cool by a synthetic leather support and cool mesh upper."


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