Recommended Shoes

A perfect shoe is one that should protect the skin from lacerations and cold, while minimizing the interface between the foot and the ground. The better the shoe is at replicating a bare foot situation, the greater its neurophysiological response: an essential protective mechanism in the human body.


In other words, the less the shoe interferes with the foot's natural mechanism, the more the foot will solidify and the greater it will perform to attenuate the forces of impact brought on by racing dynamics. Moreover, the majority of stability and absorption technology are redundant; they are without scientific basis and are especially ineffective in reducing the impact on the skeleton, natural pronation and the incidence of injuries! It is essential when changing your shoes that you do it very gradually in order to aid the mechanical change and the requirements on the muscles of the foot and calf to adapt progressively. Moving towards a shoe less absorbent and more delicate like a racing flat shoes or a minimalist shoes can be done just a few months.


The three main qualities of running shoes are:

  • Dynamism (Do the absorbent qualities of the shoe create a loss of energy and stability?)
  • Flexibility (Does the stiffness of the shoe place additional restraint on the foot’s natural motion?)
  • Lightness (Do the weight and size of the shoe interfere with the proprioceptive qualities of the foot?)

Discover what The Running Clinic thinks about each shoe by comparing the (+) or (-) elements.

  • 9 + : Ultra-minimalist / 7 + : Minimalist / 5 + : Semi-minimalist / 3 + : Intermediate / 3 - : Intermediate / 5 - : Semi-maximalist / 7 - : Maximalist / 9 - : Ultra-maximalist

Recommended Shoes

Minimalist  Shoes

Minimalist  Shoes

This section presents so-called ‘minimalist’ shoes, some of which are truly minimalist and cause biomechanical behaviors that mimic barefoot running, others marketed as minimalist because of some particular qualities (highly flexible, lightweight, with a low heel-toe drop, etc.) Transitioning to one of the more reduced shoes from this section will require some time and care. In other words, the greater your change in shoe, the greater your need for progression.

Amuri Cloud

Xero Shoes
Amuri Cloud
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Evoskin

Inov8
Evoskin
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Ninja Split toe Low

Zemgear
Ninja Split toe Low
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Kuusaa

Feelmax
Kuusaa
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Amphibian

Sockwa
Amphibian
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Osma 4

Feelmax
Osma 4
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Premium

Leguano
Premium
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Five Fingers Seeya

Vibram
Five Fingers Seeya
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Drive

Kigo
Drive
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Achilles

Vivo Barefoot
Achilles
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Five Fingers Speed

Vibram
Five Fingers Speed
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Osma

Feelmax
Osma
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Ultra

Terra plana Vivo Barefoot
Ultra
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Minimus Hi-Rez

New Balance
Minimus Hi-Rez
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Vapor Glove

Merrell
Vapor Glove
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Five fingers KSO

Vibram
Five fingers KSO
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Five Fingers Bikila

Vibram
Five Fingers Bikila
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Nilch

Teva
Nilch
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Origins

Stem
Origins
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Adams

Altra
Adams
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
komodoSport

Vibram
komodoSport
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Bare X-lite 150

Inov8
Bare X-lite 150
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Adipur

Adidas
Adipur
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Shel

Kigo
Shel
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
One

VivoBarefoot
One
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Zilch

Teva
Zilch
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Stealth

VivoBarefoot
Stealth
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Evo Lite

VivoBarefoot
Evo Lite
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Minimus MR00

New Balance
Minimus MR00
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
The Original

Luna Sandals
The Original
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Samson

Altra
Samson
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
True Glove

Merrell
True Glove
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Hattori

Saucony
Hattori
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Trail glove 2

Merrell
Trail glove 2
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Neo

Terra plana Vivo Barefoot
Neo
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Breatho Trail

Vivo Barefoot
Breatho Trail
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Lithe Glove

Merrell
Lithe Glove
Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Sonic Glove

Merrell
Sonic Glove
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Kross Amphibious

Lizard
Kross Amphibious
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
RT

Topo Athletic
RT
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Road Glove

Merrell
Road Glove
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Pure Drift

Brooks
Pure Drift
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
EVO

Terra plana Vivo Barefoot
EVO
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Adipure Adapt

Adidas
Adipure Adapt
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Base

Skora
Base
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Speedster

Joe Nimble
Speedster
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
One

Altra
One
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MV3

Newton
MV3
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Lite 1.3

Ecco Biom
Lite 1.3
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Intuiton

Altra
Intuiton
Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Instinct 1.5

Altra
Instinct 1.5
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Instinct

Altra
Instinct
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Provision

Altra
Provision
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Skele-Toes

Fila
Skele-Toes
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Shucoon

Cushe
Shucoon
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Tivano

GlaGla
Tivano
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Volleys shoes

Dunlop
Volleys shoes
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness

The ratings and reviews of the shoes described above are fully borne by their analyst Blaise Dubois, Lee-Manuel Gagnon and collaborators. The analysis process has NOT been influenced by shoe companies. The comments are personal views and opinions.