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Shoes: What you should know

  • This is list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome suggestions for including other models - from any manufacturer.
  • Our suggestions are based purely on the construction of the shoe.
  • For inclusion here the shoe must conform to the requirements we list in the book: Flat (no drop), Thin (Max 10mm), Flexible and preferably with a one-piece sole.


If you are changing technique or shoes (and they will change your technique) you will use a different range of muscles and your body needs sufficient time to adjust. While you undergo this body rebuilding you will need to greatly reduce the distance and intensity of your runs. Start with just one or two Kilometres, take at least a day off between runs and allow your muscles (especially your calf muscles) to adapt.

For more information read the book and especially the Foot Strengthening section (which also has videos).

How to choose a running shoe

Video based on American College of Sports Medicine advice

How footwear is detrimental to the foot

Running shoe

Prio by Xero Shoes - for men and women

Mens Prio from Xero Shoes

We love these shoes

Most of Keith's clients move into these.

They feel a little less flexible than some other minimalist shoes but once you have worn them for a few days they are perfect. Clients love them too!

If you run well, these should last for years - and being flat, thin and flexible they will not interfere with your running action.

Prio shoe review by Heidi

Prio shoe review by Keith

Here is a short video of us running in the Prio

Mens Prio running shoe

Ladies Prio running shoe

Xero Shoes on Facebook

Xero Shoes on YouTube

Trail-running shoe

TerraFlex lightweight minimalist trail shoe - from Xero Shoes

Terraflex shoe

This is basically the popular Prio with a grippy sole - perfect!

Terraflex trail shoe

See the review here

Running shoe

Primalevo by Tadeevo Shoes

Primalevo by Tadeevo Shoes

Well worth a look. Well constructed and very flexible.

Some less experienced runners might find that they feel a little thin on the road (5mm stack height).

In the book we suggest that running shoes should be between 5mm and 10mm depending on your skill level and the terrain.

Tadeevo website

Running shoe, fitness shoe

Merrell Vapour Glove

Merrell Vapour Gllove

This shoe is much less chunky than it looks.

I does fit me like a glove, and the sole plus the insole give me just about the right amount of cushioning on the road and plenty of protection on trails too.

The slightly rigid plastic under arch was annoying when I first wore them but I quickly became used to it.

This shoe would be excellent for dry cross-country courses and for those with good technique it makes a good road shoe. It is also very nice to walk in.

Running shoe


These are well worth a look - the seem to tick all the boxes.

We have not tried them personally but reports from our readers are good

Freet running and walking shoes

One of our readers (Glen Farrelly) says this dicount code ('GlenF') will give you a 25% discount.

Running, Fitness shoe


Vibrams - go for one-piece sole

Comment by Keith

Obviously, at first, these look a little odd but the concept and feel are great and I have worn them on and off for years.

Some of the soles are over-complicated in that they are made of multiple parts so if possible go for a model with a one-piece rubber-style sole.

Heidi and I wear these mostly in cold weather or where the ground is a little rough. I have raced well in them and they are just superb for trail running. The bulkier ones are thicker-soled and so are more comfortable if the trail is particularly stony but they tend to be a bit 'clunky' on the road.

So a great choice for trail walking, trail running, cold weather training and racing if your technique is good.

There are a wide range of models - too many to show here

Best to do a Google Search for'Vibram'

Casual shoe

Mens Hana by Xero Shoes

Mens Hana from Xero Shoes

Comment from Keith:

Simply superb. Ultra comfortable shoe that looks great.

When I had them on test I was stopped at the airport by another traveller who wanted to know where to get them!

No problem running for the bus in these - fast!

Here is the YouTube review I made

Here is the YouTube review Heidi made.

Check them out here:

Mens Hana casual shoe

Xero Shoes website

Xero Shoes on Facebook

Xero Shoes on YouTube

Shoes for Work, School, Casual, Hiking

Minimal shoes from Vivobarefoot

VivoBarefoot RA

Note that some styles come without insoles

Almost every patient of Heidi's and every running client of Keith's end up wearing VivoBarefoot shoes.

The Men's RA shown here are Keith's favourite but they also make trainers, walking boots and running shoes - we find the running shoes generally have a sole that's a little too hard and they don't hug the foot so well under the arch but we love them for day use.

One problem reported (and experienced by Keith) is that the shoe tends to split where the sole and the upper join after extended use.


Cross-country (okay for track too)

Nike Zoom Waffle Racer 2016

Nike Waffle

This is the only shoe in the Nike range that fits our requirements for a flat, thin, flexible shoe - flat meaning no drop, thin meaning 5mm to 10mm and felexible meaning it bends easily in all directions.

It only just meets the requirements and it is possibly a little narrow in the toe box. However, it's the best we have found so far.

Cross-country (okay for track too)

Saucony Carrera

Saucony Carrera

Like the Nike above, this could be a little narrow, and a little too chunky but it seems to be the best avaialable

Running shoe

Sole Runner Shoes (Germany)

Sole-runner shoes

These make a good running shoe

They are light and thin (2.5mm soles)

For me, they are perhaps a little over-size (I could wear a 43 instead of 44)

One downside is that the insoles provided have a piece of rubber stuck to the heel, which you will need to remove to keep the shoes flat

Sole Runner - Germany

A range of shoes from Germany


This company provides a wide range of shoes ZAQQ

  • Business
  • Sneakers
  • Boots
  • Sandals ...


A good alternative to barefoot when on cold or rough ground

Skinners - running sock

Socks are not enough and shoes are too much? The compact size and unique “second skin” feeling make Skinners perfect footwear for sports (short runs, workout, yoga, watersports) and they work equally well as backup shoes (traveling, camping, hiking).

Skinners website

A further selection of links

(You will need to join the Facebook group before you can see the list)

A comprehensive list prepared by Yediyde Yah Allen

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