April 15, 2011 10:13 pm

Kitbag: minimalist footwear

Light footwear

Clockwise from top: Vivo Barefoot Achilles, Inov-8 Road-X 255, Kigo Edge, Softstar RunAmoc , Vibram FiveFingers Speed

Vivo Barefoot Achilles

An open-air running sandal for multi-terrain adventures, the Achilles has adjustable straps and is designed to promote a more natural forefoot or midfoot strike, akin to barefoot running. £40, www.vivobarefoot.com/uk

Inov-8 Road-X 255

Barefoot running proponents recommend a slow transition from traditional padded trainers to something less substantial. The pared-down Road-X 255 is a good first step on the path to minimalism. £95, www.inov-8.com

Kigo Edge

This unisex slip-on shoe ticks all the minimalist boxes – a thin outsole, no heel lift, lightweight and flexible – and it is robust enough for concrete-free forays. A good everyday option. £49, www.lovethoseshoes.com

Softstar RunAmoc

Leather moccasins for running? Yes. These boast a perforated leather upper to keep feet cool, a wide toebox and an elastic ankle closure and lacing system to adjust fit. Choose between a 5mm or 2mm sole. From $87, www.softstarshoes.com

Vibram FiveFingers Speed

At a glance you’d think it was a common-or-garden trainer – then you notice the separate toes. A 3mm insole offers some cushioning without compromising “ground feel” for walkers and runners. £98.90, www.baselayer.co.uk

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