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Light, Fast, Free: 2011 Racing Shoe Review

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jul. 28, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM UTC

Today’s racing flats cater to what the minimalist and barefoot movements preach: rapid turnover, forefoot emphasis and minimal weight. And because these lightweight speed shoes have been around for so long and are hardly a trend, they are relatively affordable. Remember that your racing flats or lightweight trainers are for shorter races; these shoes typically have a closer fit and are less plush than high-mileage, everyday training footwear.

To help you find the perfect shoe, we enlisted a panel of speedy racer types to offer their feedback on the FIT, FEEL and RIDE of the latest racing flats. Once you have narrowed your choices down, head to your local running store to dial it all in for the final selection. Check ‘em out below!

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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