10 Best Running Shoes For Barefoot Style Running

Updated on: October 2021

Best Running Shoes For Barefoot Style Running in 2021


JOOMRA Womens Road Running Minimalist Barefoot Shoes All Black Trail Runner Treadmill Cross Training Athletic Female Wide Toes Box Gym Trekking Five Fingers Ladies Hiking Sneakers Size 8.5

JOOMRA Womens Road Running Minimalist Barefoot Shoes All Black Trail Runner Treadmill Cross Training Athletic Female Wide Toes Box Gym Trekking Five Fingers Ladies Hiking Sneakers Size 8.5
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Xero Shoes Genesis - Men's Barefoot Tarahumara Huarache Style Minimalist Lightweight Running Sandals Black

Xero Shoes Genesis - Men's Barefoot Tarahumara Huarache Style Minimalist Lightweight Running Sandals Black
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • All the fun, freedom, and benefits of being barefoot, but with the protection and comfort you want. Xero Shoes come with our 5,000 mile warranty.
  • Perfect if you hike, walk, run, jog, work out, Crossfit, yoga, raft, stand up paddle board, kayak, canoe, fly fish, even run ultra-marathons.
  • Better than a flip-flop, the easy-adjust lacing holds comfortably and securely around your foot without pressure points.
  • Super light weight. Flexible enough to roll up and fit in your pack or pocket. Zero-drop non-elevated heel for natural posture. 5.5mm non-marking sole.
  • NOTE: For the best chance of a correct fit, please measure your foot: 1) Place a piece of paper on the floor, against a wall; 2) Step on the paper, your heel against the wall; 3) Mark the paper in line with your longest toe; 4) Measure that length with a ruler; 5) Compare that length to the sizing chart (link, above). To REALLY ensure a correct fit, get printable templates of the exact sizes by contacting the Seller.

WHITIN Men's Trail Running Shoes Minimalist Barefoot 5 Five Fingers Wide Width Toe Box Gym Workout Fitness Low Zero Drop Male Lightweight Minimus Tennis Flat Comfort Black Size 9.5

WHITIN Men's Trail Running Shoes Minimalist Barefoot 5 Five Fingers Wide Width Toe Box Gym Workout Fitness Low Zero Drop Male Lightweight Minimus Tennis Flat Comfort Black Size 9.5
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax.
  • Produced using animal free products and processes.
  • Removable sockliner (insole) if you want a “more barefoot” feeling.
  • True rubber sole provides great protection while still getting the ground feedback.
  • Note, if between sizes, order next size down.

New Balance Men's 10v1 Minimus Running Shoe, Black/uv Blue, 12 M US

New Balance Men's 10v1 Minimus Running Shoe, Black/uv Blue, 12 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • Antimicrobial Treatment to Reduce Odor
  • Vibram Outsole
  • Acteva
  • 4 MM Drop

Merrell Women's Vapor Glove 2 Trail Running Shoe, Black/Castle Rock, 9 M US

Merrell Women's Vapor Glove 2 Trail Running Shoe, Black/Castle Rock, 9 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Barefoot-style trail runner in mesh and TPU with traditional lace closure, breathable mesh lining, and integrated microfiber soft footbed
  • 0mm cushioning with 0mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Wash as needed in cold water, gentle cycle and air dry

Nike Womens Free RN Flyknit 2018 Running Athletic, Black/White (Black Upper), 9

Nike Womens Free RN Flyknit 2018 Running Athletic, Black/White (Black Upper), 9
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Model Number: 942839001
  • Gender: womens
  • Color: BLACK/WHITE
  • Made In: Vietnam
  • Brand New With Original Box

SAGUARO Mens Womens Barefoot Minimalist Trail Running Shoes Outdoor Walking Jogging Gym Fitness Zero Drop Quick Dry Breathable Water Sneakers Black

SAGUARO Mens Womens Barefoot Minimalist Trail Running Shoes Outdoor Walking Jogging Gym Fitness Zero Drop Quick Dry Breathable Water Sneakers Black
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Upper: Upgrade flying knit fabric upper, good tensile strength, ligheweight, breathable. The minimalist design catches the eye.
  • EASY ON AND OFF: Low top with speedly elastic draw-string ties system, topline with pull tab, a barefoot shoe which is easy to put and take off.
  • INSIDE: Soft detachable insole, comfort lining, giving comfortable barefoot feeling.
  • OUTSOLE: Unique rubber sole, antislip, wear resistant, shock absorption, protect feet comprehensive.
  • SUITABLE FOR: running, hiking, walking, training, trail running, gym, climbing, camping, cycling, cruise, beach, boating, surfing, sailing, long-haul flight, driving car, trip etc.

Nike Men's Free RN 5.0 Running Shoe, Black/White/Anthracite, Size 10.5

Nike Men's Free RN 5.0 Running Shoe, Black/White/Anthracite, Size 10.5
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Brand: Nike
  • Style:
  • Materials: upper / outsole
  • Toe Style:
  • Closure Type:

Oranginer Men's Walking Zero-Drop Minimalist Shoes Flexible Barefoot Running Shoes Indoor Cross Training Shoes Slip-on Tennis Shoes Beige Size 11

Oranginer Men's Walking Zero-Drop Minimalist Shoes Flexible Barefoot Running Shoes Indoor Cross Training Shoes Slip-on Tennis Shoes Beige Size 11
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Wide Toe Box Design - Wide enough toe box allows your toes to relax and spread out naturally for more comfort and stability in uphill climbs and downhill descents, helping with balance and giving you better feedback from the ground.
  • Barefoot Inspired - Wearing this barefoot you’ll engage your feet more, and strengthen the muscle fibers that get neglected when you’re all laced up. With stronger accessory muscles in the foot, injury rates were expected to drop and running efficiency would improve.
  • Lightweight & Flexible - The flexible synthetic mesh upper provide breathability when you are doing workout or running, breathable mesh design and insoles can keep your feet away from damp conditions.
  • Various Activities - This trail running shoes are suitable for many occasions, such as walking,training, running, jogging, physical exercises, daily gym sports and so on. You can also wear it as a water shoe.
  • WARRANTEE & CUSTOMER SERVICE - We produce every pair of shoes responsibly. We trust that you will enjoy our shoes so all of our shoes come with a 12 months Warrantee. If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied, please contact us.

AMOCOCO Men's Women's Minimalist Trail Running Barefoot Shoes Wide Toe Box Cross-Trainer Zero Drop Sole

AMOCOCO Men's Women's Minimalist Trail Running Barefoot Shoes Wide Toe Box Cross-Trainer Zero Drop Sole
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax.
  • Produced using animal free products and processes.
  • Removable sockliner (insole) if you want a "more barefoot" feeling.
  • True rubber sole provides great protection while still getting the ground feedback.
  • MULTIPLE USES - These minimalist cross training shoes are suitable for casual walking, running, training, hiking, gym, pilates, jogging, biking, climbing, camping, yoga, driving, vacation etc. You can also wear it as a water shoes.

Form Drills for Natural Running

Improve your running mechanics so that you'll use less energy in every stride. Improving your running form by using running form drills can make you faster and less prone to overuse injuries.

One of the primary ways to improve your running technique is through running form drills. Form drills are easy to do and don't take a lot of time, but they're often overlooked, forgotten or ignored when a workout is completed. Taking an extra 5 to 15 minutes to do form drills a several times per week can make you more fluid, more efficient and even faster for both short and long distances.

Most drills take the aspects of good form - a compact arm swing, soft footstrikes with the midfoot under your center of mass, quick leg turnover, an upright posture with a slight forward lean at the ankles - and accentuate it in a repetitive motion that trains the body to be comfortable with that movement during your regular running mechanics. Some drills are aimed at building smaller muscles (such as the intrinsic group and lumbrical group in the foot), while others help your neuromuscular system fire quicker.

Do one set of each drill three to five times per week. You can do the drills before or after your regular workout, but doing them after a workout can be especially helpful in loosening muscular tightness brought on during your run.

1) Run in Place

This sounds simple, and it is, but it requires an adherence to good form in a semi-stationary setting while varying your cadence from high to very high. If you're following the aspects of good form, you should be moving forward slightly because your momentum and a slight lean from the ankles will carry you forward. While you're doing this drill, think about each element individually - a compact and consistent arm swing, light, mostly flat, midfoot/forefoot footstrikes, a steady but relaxed head, jaw, neck, shoulders and torso - and how each plays into the bigger picture of your running form. This drill is especially effective in teaching your body to increase leg cadence (optimally to 180 steps per minute) and learning how to lift your leg to start a stride instead of pushing off. Do three 15-second sessions per set.

2) Jump Rope

Jumping rope is simple, but as a drill it's not going to help your running unless you're doing it right. Jumping rope can instill the soft, midfoot/forefoot landings we aim for while running. Your body will naturally not let you land on your heel - especially if you're jumping rope barefoot - because landing on your heels would inflict too much force on the bones, muscles and other tissue in your heels, ankles and legs. It can also emphasize elastic recoil, as your heel settles on the ground before a new stride begins. Jumping rope also reinforces the notion that a new stride should begin by lifting your leg instead of pushing off. As you jump off the ground, focus on lightly lifting your feet off the ground instead of forcefully pushing off the ground. Alter your tempo between slow, medium and fast speeds, all while concentrating on the tenants of good running form. Each set should be 15-20 seconds in duration.

3) High Knees

Running in place with high knees is another drill that accentuates lifting your foot off the ground instead forcefully pushing off to begin a new stride. This is essentially jogging in place, alternately lifting your knees to a 90-degree angle with your thighs parallel to the ground. As with the jog in place drill, your slight forward lean and the momentum gained in this drill will gradually move you forward. Be sure to focus on soft, run midfoot and forefoot footstrikes, using your core to lower your leg down slowly instead of letting it crash to the ground. This drill requires and also helps instill a compact and consistent arm swing, even though your arms might cycle slightly slower to coincide with the longer hang time of your legs. The motion of your arms will actually help you lift a foot off the ground to start a new stride and keep you balanced. (Briefly try this drill with your arms stationary at your sides and you'll find yourself forcefully pushing your feet off the ground and you'll have a more difficult time keeping balanced.) Keep your torso, head and shoulders relaxed and fairly still during this drill and avoid too much vertical oscillation with your center of mass. Each set should consist of 20 high-knee thrusts or 10 elevations of each knee.

4) Butt Kicks

Butt Kicks accentuate the recovery portion of the running gait phase. Instead of using your hamstring to lift your leg off the ground, think about alternately flicking your lower leg backward with the use of your quadriceps and hamstring muscles then dropping it back down to the ground under the center of your mass. The movement should be quick and pronounced but relaxed so that you're able to return your foot to the ground softly at the midfoot. As with High Knees, a compact and consistent arm swing is crucial to keeping your balance and maintaining a high cadence. Each set should consist of 20 butt kick strides or 10 elevations of each leg.

5) Skipping 1 - Quick Skip

The goal of this drill is to quicken the timing of your neuromuscular system so you can increase your running cadence to 180 steps per minute or slightly faster. As you quickly pick up one leg off the ground with the start of a stride, the other foot skips off the ground with two small and quick hops before the legs alternate. There is a staccato sensation to this drill when it's done correctly, but the more you practice it the easier you'll fall into a consistent rhythm. A compact and very quick arm swing is crucial to keeping your balance and maintaining a high cadence. Each set should consist of about 15 to 20 seconds of skipping.

6) Skipping 2 - Slow Skip

Unlike the previous drill, this is a slow-action skipping drill that accentuates the high knee action of the lifted leg during a running stride. With this drill, you'll practice lifting your leg off the ground to being a new stride instead of pushing off the ground. To extend the duration of the lifted leg in the air, you'll skip with the opposite foot. The rhythm of this drill will also have a staccato effect, but it will be much slower in nature. A compact, slow arm swing will keep your balance and allow you to maintain a high cadence. Each set should consist of about 15 to 20 seconds of skipping.

7) Donkey Kicks

It seems like a silly name, but it looks just like it sounds like. Begin with a straight, slightly forward-leaning posture, a compact arm swing, level hips and flexed ankles and knees of the athletic "ready" position. Pull one leg backwards as if you're kicking something behind you. While balancing on the midfoot area of the stationary leg, repeatedly pull the kicking leg backward, then allowing it to recoil forward. This drill accentuates good hip extension and teaches your body to make footstrikes under your center of mass. Do 10 kicks with each leg per set.

8) Arm Pull Backs

This drill accentuates the proper motion of the arms during the gait cycle by highlighting the posterior portion of the compact arm swing. Begin with a level head and shoulders, keeping a straight spine with a slightly forward-leaning posture between the chin and hips. Alternate pushing your arms backwards as they are held at 90 degrees (or less). The key is keeping your arms swinging in a plane parallel to your torso and not rotating your body to assist the movement. Do a total of 20 alternating pull backs per set, 10 with each side.

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