When we have to choose a minimalist shoe we have to consider various factors. One of the most important is if we want a shoe with all minimalist properties «Pure Minimalist Shoe» or a shoe with some of it «Intermediate Minimalist Shoe».  In both categories you can find specific minimalist shoes for each terrain or situation:

  • Asphalt - City - On road
  • Mountain - Trail - Off road
  • Daily - Casual - Work
  • Sandals
  • Fitness - Crossfit - Gymn
  • Aquatic

To make the transition to a more efficient and less harmful racing style, you should choose a minimalist intermediate shoe, and depending on the situation in which you are going to use it, choose one of the categories listed above: asphalt, mountain,...

All ZaMi shoes that are categorized as a minimalist shoe: pure or intermediate will meet the following requirements:

  • They have a wide last for the part of the fingers, respecting the anatomy of the foot.
  • They have a light weight.
  • They have a drop (difference in height between the front and back of the shoe), never more than 4 mm.
  • They have a thickness or height of sole. Mountain or trail models tend to have more sole thickness, since more protection is often required on such terrain.
  • They do not have tread control systems.
  • They do not have stability systems.
  • They do not have lateral reinforcements.

On the other hand, we can find Natural Running Shoes that facilitate the middle or forefoot landing for a more natural running technique, but that do not have minimalist characteristics as such.

Next shoe we can find is «Natural Running Shoe». This kind of shoes help feet to land with the middle or advanced feet area for a more natural running technique but they do not have minimalist properties as we know.

If you have any questions or are interested in any particular model contact us!

For make the choise easier for you we made an » infographic help « where you just have to follow steps and click. 

In the following link you can read the frequently asked questions about running technique and minimalism.

In »Clínica del Corredor« as ZaMi collaborator in sharing information on sport shoes, has also provided information that can help us in making decision when purchasing a shoe.