Barefoot shoes, or minimalist shoes as they're also known, were around before Born to Run was published, but they had a niche appeal. Today, however, a large proportion of running shoes on the market are barefoot shoes. The idea behind them is to allow your foot to land on the ground in the same motion Adidas Supestar Dames Wit as though you were running barefoot, but at the same time to provide some protection. They come in various guises, from those designed to help you transition slowly from heel-first running to barefoot-style running, to those that Nike Air Max Command Femme just provide a thin slither of rubber under your sole, leaving your foot as free as possible. Kate Carter and I decided to try some of the latest models out. I've been running in a barefoot style for about three years – I used to be a furious heel striker – while Kate is new to the whole concept. Here's what we thought:The 3.0 are my current running shoes of choice. They fit like a glove, are light and bouncy and allow easy barefoot-style running. After about 15 miles they start giving me sore feet, but to be fair, Nike doesn't recommend them for distances over 10K. Nike recommends that those new to Nike Roshe Run Womens barefoot running start off with the 5.0 model. I found these extremely comfortable and lightweight. They didn't feel like a massive difference from my normal running shoes, but then a lot of the change is in technique as well as shoe. Nike Blazer Dam These also seem to me like a great all-round exercise shoe: I'd wear them to the gym. Once I've built up some more miles in these, I think the switch to 3.0 would come pretty seamlessly. I used these shoes when I first started learning to run in a barefoot-style. Because they have no cushioning at all, they really force you to run properly, which is great. Maybe I'm just lazy, or soft, but once I felt I knew what I was doing, I switched to a shoe with a tiny bit more cushioning, although I still wear these sometimes for shorter runs. KC: I can see you would definitely need to change your running Nike Air Max 90 Dam Svarta style completely to find these comfortable. I struggled with them – but then I am a heel striker so that's unsurprising. I find the fit a bit strange – there's a lot of room around the toes, though this is a deliberate part of the design. Nike Air Presto MujerI would also detract points for the fact that the company refer to "men" and "ladies" – like a bad nightclub. Women will do fine, thanks. Again, these have virtually no padding – which of course is the point – but for me they're just too close to the ground. Also, I didn't love the toes thing, although they don't feel as strange as they perhaps look – while we were making Adidas Supestar Dames Zwart our video, a passerby asked if we were filming Planet of the Apes. KC: My main problem with these was getting them on! Putting each toe individually into the right bit was tricky. The sensation then takes some getting used to –Nike Air Max 90 Herr I'd recommend anyone buying these to wear them around the house a bit first, to get used to it. They felt odder to walk in than to run, which was actually quite comfortable. I felt I'd need to really perfect the barefoot style before Nike Air Max 90 Mens trying any kind of distance in them though. Definitely one for barefoot pros.These shoes are supposed to give you lots of cushioning when you land on the ground, but a barefoot takeoff. I'm not quite sure I experienced that, but the shoes did feel comfortable to run in. Because I tried the racing version, they were nice and light, but otherwise they felt more like conventional Nike Air Max Zero Womens trainers than minimalist ones. KC: Maybe it's precisely because they are more of a hybrid between barefoot and conventional, but I really love these shoes. They seem to give me more bounce, are really lightweight (even the Nike Air Max 1 Donne second-to-top model) and extremely comfortable. It's hard to analyse your own running gait, of course, but people at my running club have commented that my running form is actually noticeably different and better in these – and I've run a Nike Air Max 2016 Femme series of PBs in them too. These are now my running shoes of choice.