Vibram continues to lead the minimalist shoe market with its novel FiveFingers KSO EVO - Women's shoe design. These shoes may look funny to some, intriguing to others, and judging from their growth and the spread of casual models available, some even view them as stylish and cool. Whatever your reason for wearing them, the benefits to foot strength and running efficiency can be real if you build up gradually and thoughtfully, with careful attention to your movement, muscles, and overall health. This shoe wins our Editors' Choice Award for trumping the competition in overall performance, natural barefoot feeling and accuracy, and weight without truly disappointing in any other test metric.
We loved these shoes, but not the first time around. Years ago, we tried these shoes, along with many others, and when we got foot pain, we blamed it on the shoes and sold them. With much more awareness around minimal footwear, it is now possible to find ample information on how to properly strengthen your feet and run efficiently and safely in these shoes. We spent a lot of time building up the appropriate strength in our feet and lower legs, and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute in these shoes—as many others, we found they could impart the joy of being barefoot with the benefit of having a little protection for our pads.