A running shoe revolution has been afoot for the past few years, but only recently have a wide variety of lighter, more minimally designed shoes hit the stores. Why the dramatic changes? Research has confirmed that lighter, more flexible, lower-to-the-ground shoes enable feet to move similarly to how they move when barefoot, and that allows the most natural and efficient form possible. We've found the best new road, trail, and "barefoot" shoes, plus the gadgets and apps to take your run to the next level. —Brian Metzler


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