Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS

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BEST FOR: True minimalists

Basically a muscled-up version of the classic five-toed slip-on, its multidimensional tread looks like a mountain-bike tire (great traction even on wet, leaf-covered trails), and its flexible nylon-mesh sheet in the midsole prevents your feet from the worst rock bruises. But let your soles toughen up before taking the Spyridons on long hikes or strapping on a heavy pack. At 6.9 ounces, they’re nearly half the weight of the Merrells and Salomons and offer roughly half the protection and support.

Brand: Vibram FiveFingers $120

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