Dark sneakers with colorful accents are in! Just look at our stylish picks. Plus the thinner soles of lightweight running shoes give your feet a chance to truly experience contact with the ground, possibly teaching you a thing or two about efficient running patterns. How's that for adult education? Here are three shoes working the minimalist angle so there is less foam between you and whatever path you choose to take.
- The Puma Faas 300 ($85) is designed for speed with a bit of comfy cushioning. The upper is mesh to enhance breathability, so your fast feet won't get so sweaty.
- Designed for trails and constructed with Vibram soles, the Minimus 20 ($100), by New Balance, is durable without weighing you down. Designed to be worn with or without socks, the thin sole helps you keep in touch with the ground and work the muscles in your feet, making this a great shoe for transitioning to barefoot running.
- Nike's Free Run +2 ($90) is designed to protect your feet while helping them work correctly. This shoe bends in all directions — just like your feet.