questionswhat are some good reasonably price minimalist…

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I'm not a crazy runner either but I'm trying to train for a 5k (almost there) and I wear my vibrams when running. I was able to catch a pair on sale at REI and I had a gift card so I got kind of lucky.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you find a pair you like and you start running in them:

1. Stay off cement for awhile - Cement is really hard to land on, especially when your feet probably haven't built up their strength for it. Stay on grass or dirt at first.

2. Go slow, very slow - Muscles that normally don't hurt from running will hurt. Primarily your calves, ankles, and potentially knees if you have bad form.

3. Train at first at an incline - This will make it easier to adapt to the proper form over time. Run up some hills, or turn the treadmill up to 2.0 or higher.

Good luck on your search, I hope you are able to find a pair at a good price.

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@portezbie: Those are anything but "minimalist" in the sense that the OP was asking. S/he is looking for a type of shoe that minimizes its impact on the natural movement of the foot. A minimalist shoe has very little cushioning, little to no platform (with little to no incline in said platform) and does not constrain the movement of the toes.

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whoops, I just read the title and posted a deal I saw.

My badness.

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"Run for Your Life" shoes?
Seems like those NB would count, if you've read the book.
Otherwise, more marketing poo to sell you overpriced things you don't need based on current fads?

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My niece will occasionally run in a 5K and she swears by her Vibrams.

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I run around 3.5 to 4 miles on average and i build up to more as I get more into it. So I do need a decent shoe which I know is gonna work and not just blow apart.

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Some of the older Saucony Hattori's are marked down to $19.98+$3 shipping at Footlocker stores (not online)
The catch is that most stores don't have them in stock, so they will have to order them for you from another store.
I recommend you search up a store that has the newer styles in stock, try them on to find your size because sometimes they run a little small, then ask an associate to find you a SKU for the older marked down models and order one for you.
The downside is that there are no pictures of them, so you'll have to guess at the colors or google them up to see them before you buy.