In 2009, Chris McDougal published Born to Run. I’m assuming you have read Born to Run. If you haven’t, it’s worth the price of admission. It’s a story about running woven into chapters dealing with minimal footwear and a background of the running shoe industry.

And, if you know my geeky tendencies, I was more interested in the shoe conversation that the story.

Born to Run was the catalyst for the minimal shoe trend. While minimal shoes had been around since the dawn of running shoes, Born to Run brought natural running and minimal running to the forefront of conversation.

Out of that conversation came Vibrams. Yes, those toe shoes. No matter where you went, you saw Vibrams. At the gym, at the movies, they were everywhere.

They were the poster child for minimal footwear.

Fast forward to 2015. Do you see many Vibrams now? No. You see Hoka’s. Shoes with MASSIVE amounts of cushion.

But, did you know, Hoka’s and Vibrams have some things in common? And Hoka’s can still be considered minimal shoes?

Let’s take a look at how shoes differ and can be both minimal and maximal at the same time.

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