Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2

Posted Sept. 14, 2011, at 3:48 p.m.

Price: $89.95

If you are a serious runner or running enthusiast chances are good you have heard some of the buzz about minimalist footwear. Perhaps you have even tried running in Vibram Five Fingers, or some form of Merrell Barefoot product.

While there are certainly benefits to having a little less bulk underfoot, barefoot running is not for everybody. With the minimalist model in mind Saucony has introduced a shoe that fits nicely into the minimalist category yet still provides a little support and absorption in the midsole.

The ProGrid Kinvara 2 weighs in at approximately 7 ounces. This shoe is both lightweight and flexible, allowing your foot to feel less inhibited. The Kinvara 2 has a low heel-to-toe ratio which aids in creating a more natural stride, perfect for those who are looking to reduce heel strike. In addition to shaving some weight off the midsole of this shoe Saucony has provided the Kinvara 2 with an extremely lightweight upper that is designed to keep road debris out while holding your foot securely in place.

— Merri-Beth Bumpus, buyer, Epic Sports