I’ve long been a fan of New Balance—their shoes are sturdy, reliable, and fit well. Now they have a trail runner that takes some cues from the minimalist running world. The Minimus 10 Trail ($105) is built with a light, airy upper that is connected to a grippy Vibram outsole for a great combination of superlight comfort and great feel for the trail. It’s low (4mm) drop from heel to toe helps encourage a neutral foot strike, and it can be worn with or without socks.
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