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The Free 5.0 are a very unique minimalist running shoe. They have some wonderful attributes, being extremely comfortable, flexible, fashionable and all-around versatile. They also don't quite fit in with our expectations of what it takes to be a top minimalist running shoe. The heel-to-toe drop is much too high, they are heavy, not very durable, and we don't get the sensitive ground feeling we want. Though because of the Free 5.0's amazing flexibility, just walking around in the Free 5.0 will strengthen your feet, giving you time to adjust to minimalist footwear while not giving you the full barefoot feeling. We give them our Best Buy award because this pair presents an economical option for those transitioning to minimal footwear and they are one of the most versatile minimal shoes that we tested, meaning a wearer could get a lot of use from them. If you're looking for a comfortable shoe that can help you transition towards minimal running shoes or you have a job with a lot of walking and standing, we recommend giving the Free 5.0 a shot. We also love the look of the Free 5.0 and rate it as the most fashionable of the group. Sorry Fivefingers Treksport, you barely missed it.