The Free Run gets about as close to barefoot running as most people will want to go, with an ultra-flexible, stripped-down design that strengthens your feet while inspiring an uninhibited, natural running gait. Our test team raved about the shoe's overall comfort—the minimal seams, anatomical yet roomy last, excellent breathability—and very low weight. "They feel like they're spray-painted on," said one tester. It takes time to develop the foot strength to run long distances in this shoe, but out of the box we loved it on runs under five miles. 8.2 oz; $85; nikerunning.com
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