The wonders of barefoot running have gotten a lot of attention lately, and to celebrate their style, this week's best shoe deals are all about running sneakers. Included in our top picks are two pairs of Vibrams, as well as top running shoes from Nike, adidas, and New Balance.
- New Balance Men's 1010 Running Shoes
Store: Joe's New Balance Outlet
Price: $39.99 with $5.95 s&h
Lowest By: $22
Expires: May 21
Is It Worth It?: The NB 1010 running shoes combine the benefits of lightweight running with the company's innovative Rock Stop protection in the forefoot, a pivotal point considering the exceptionally thin (4mm) drop from heel to toe. These running sneakers are available for just $39.99 and are a part of the Get Set for Summer Sale, in which Joe's New Balance Outlet is cutting up to 68% off a selection of New Balance men's, women's, and kids' shoes — one of the best sales we've seen from Joe's New Balance Outlet.
- Vibram Men's FiveFingers Bikila Shoes
Price: $39.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $5
Is It Worth It?: As the pioneers of the "five-finger" running shoe concept, Vibram is the company that has benefited the most from the barefoot running revolution. Specializing in "skins" that allow the natural padding and architecture of an individual's foot, the Vibram Men's FiveFingers Bikila Shoes come in three colors (Blue/Grey pictured) and the Vibram Women's FiveFingers Bikila Shoes in Blue or Silver/Green and are both available for $39.99. If you're in the market for other Vibram models, check out 6pm's discounted selection of Vibram men's and women's FiveFingers shoes, marked 26% to 56% off.
- adidas Men's Crazy Fast Runner Shoes
Price: $72 via coupon code "QUICK" with free shipping
Lowest By: $3
Expires: June 1
Is It Worth It?: These adidas sneakers come in in five colors (Black/White pictured) get high ratings for comfort and support thanks to their air mesh upper; their stylish reflective detailing doesn't hurt, either. They're available in sizes 6.5 to 15 but run small. If you're looking for other adidas footwear, check out their current sale, where you'll save 50% off select men's, women's, and kids' clothing, shoes, and accessories, and coupon code "QUICK" takes an extra 10% off all orders. Note that sizes may be extremely limited for some styles and some exclusions apply.
- Nike Men's FREE Run+ 3 Shield Running Shoes
Price: $52.78 via coupon code "BANKSHOT" with $8 s&h
Lowest By: $19
Expires: May 21
Is It Worth It?: Nike was inspired to design the FREE Run+ 3 Shield shoe after learning that Stanford athletes were doing their training runs barefoot on the campus golf course; in fact, these sneakers are the product of eight years of extensive research on barefoot running. Get yourself a pair in one of four colors (Game Royal/Metallic Silver-Blue Tint pictured) and appreciate their lightweight design and highly reflective style. They're available in sizes 7.5 to 15, although not in all size/color combinations.
- New Balance Men's Minimus 20 Multi-Sport Outdoor Shoes
Store: Finish Line
Price: $39.98 with $5.49 s&h
Lowest By: $4
Is It Worth It?: The last lightweight pair of sneakers we love running in are these New Balances. They combine a Vibram outsole into a not-so-goofy style. Plus they encourage a foot strike for better running form. Get yourself a pair in Gray/Green (pictured) or Black/Brown in sizes 8 to 13.