Minimalist Sneakers: What's the Deal?

Photo by: Meredith Jenk
It's All About 'The Drop'

That's sneaker speak for the slope of the sole. In traditional running shoes, the heel is built up, so your heel is elevated inside the shoe. ... more 
Photo by: Meredith Jenk
It's All About 'The Drop'

That's sneaker speak for the slope of the sole. In traditional running shoes, the heel is built up, so your heel is elevated inside the shoe. Minimalists are more level, allowing your feet to sit parallel to the ground. Why You Care: Without a big ol' heel, you're more likely to intuitively adopt a natural forefoot strike, translating to less joint stress, says Lt. Col. Don Goss, Ph.D. In his U.S. Army Medical Department Journal study, minimalist runners were three times less likely to report injury. Study drop that! less 
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Mon, Feb 11, 2013 2:30 PM EST
Jaclyn Emerick, SELF



These pared-down shoes will have you high on running. Lace up a pair of minimalist sneaks, and you may also be less likely to get injured. Here are six styles to try.



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