Sole Man: 12 Things We Learned About Minimalism

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Aug. 29, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM UTC
Skora's FIT shoe is one of several new minimalist models that will hit stores in 2014.

Minimalism Isn’t Going Away

Judging by the number of new low-profile shoes about to hit the market in 2014, minimalism is here to stay. Skora’s low-to-the-ground FIT ($95;, Saucony’s slightly updated Virrata 2 lightweight trainer ($90; and Altra’s new Reptition stability shoe ($125, are good examples of next-generation zero-drop minimalism shoes. At the very least, there is a modest following of runners who have become die-hard minimalist runners in the last few years. But more than that, there is a considerable chunk of runners who have benefitted from experimenting with key elements that came out of the minimalist revolution — namely, shoes that are lower to the ground or have a lower heel-toe drop. Sure, there are those who never went down that road and some who went down that road and turned back, but overall, we’ve all benefitted. Even if cooled, the trend has served its purpose and will have a lasting influence.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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