In what has to be the ultimate in “MINIMALIST” footwear, these little numbers promise just that. In fact, “Freeheel Running pads” are designed and produced in Bavaria and won the ISPO 2012 product award. Supposedly improving lower muscle and coordination, it is essentially heeless, and keeps water and gravel out. Like most shoes, no? One size fits all with adjustable straps too. Interesting but…the idea of running barefoot through mud, ice and straw as displayed on the site is one stride too far, at least for me. What is next, toe pads? We’ll see….

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