We all know companies like Vibram and Terra Plana as firmly ensconced in the minimalist shoe movement. It appears as though the big companies are making some tentative attempts at producing minimalist shoes. I'd consider most of these attempts to be "reduced' running shoes, not true minimalist shoes. Still, it's a shift in the right direction. Here's a partial list:
- Nike- improving on the "Free" line with new models to be released in May.
- Saucony- rumor is they're producing a shoe with a zero heel-to-toe differential.
- Brooks- no details... but they have some stuff in the works (contrary to their CEO's comments.)
- K-Swiss- Making a VERY interesting reduced shoe akin to the Free.
- Adidas- Refining the Adizero
- Inov-8- Also making a shoe with minimal heel-to-toe differential, maybe a trail shoe.
- Newton- producing a lightweight shoe with zero heel-to-toe differntial.
- Avia- AVI Bolt II (to be reviewed soon)- lightweight reduced shoe
And the up-starts:
- Kigo- Shel (to be reviewed soon)- looks like a good VFF alternative.
- Sockwa- looks good, I'll be glad to get my hands on a pair.
- Softstar- producing a moccasin-like running shoe... should be a winner.
- Invisibleshoe.com huaraches- (testing now)- classic huaraches... very good.
- Terra Plana- We all know about the EVO... it's the Ferrari of minimalist shoes.