Not all minimalist shoes are the same. At the Minimalist Shoe Review we prefer our shoes to be as minimalist as possible. Zero drop is a must. A nice wide toe box is essential. And the less it weights, the better. But on top of that we appreciate good design and really appreciate good pricing.

With that in mind, these are our Editor’s Picks. You can disagree with us and that is fine. Again, we’ve said our preferences, and after trying different pairs of shoes out, we’ve made our pick for Best Minimalist Shoe as well as named three runner’s up.

Altra Instinct Minimalist Running Shoe

Editor’s Choice: Altra Instinct

What’s not to love about Altra? Winner of the “Best Debut” award from Runner’s World, this minimalist shoe is also our choice for best model. From its comfortable fit to its comfortable price, this really is one of the best minimalist running shoes out there.

1st Runner Up

Nike Free Run 3

Not quite as minimal as we prefer, but still a good shoe from a really great brand.

2nd Runner Up

Saucony Hattori

At an incredible 4.4 ounces it is one of the lightest minimalist shoes out there.

3rd Runner Up

Vivo Neo

All the same quality and performance of the Evo at a much better price.