Barefoot running is pretty awesome, and it’s picking up steam. Unfortunately, you’re likely to get some sideways glances (and gnarly callouses, and possibly foot fungus) if you take the to the treadmill unshod. But many runners (wrongfully) assume that to get the joys of a lightweight shoe, they have to opt for the newest trend in hideous, hideous workout apparel–the five-toed Vibram, shown above.
Much like toe-socks, or wearing flip-flops with socks, the Vibram is uncomfortable. But also, it’s unsightly. It makes people with otherwise normal feet look like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
So I’ve mined the internet to find adorable, wearable, ultra-light-weight alternatives to these five-toed travesties. Here they are.