Lightweight Running Shoes

Saucony's ProGrid Kinvara II gives you wings

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara II

Running, as we know it, is under attack. A barrage of recent studies show we may not be jogging correctly. We're too heavy on our feet, and our shoes may be partially to blame.

That's why we checked out the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara II, a minimalist training shoe that helps you return to a healthy, natural stride. This award-winning sneaker is wowing testers as a great mix of "barefoot" and traditional footwear technology.

At roughly 30 percent lighter than the kicks stinking up your closet, the Kinvara II keeps you quick on your feet. Yet they're packed with the squishy foam cushioning and rubber tread you need when pounding the pavement. And since Saucony shaved down the heel, you'll be stable on your feet, tread more softly and step faster into your next stride.

Unlike most footwear in the minimalist category, these babies fit like, well, real shoes. The upper hugs the foot and locks the heel in place. And since the Kinvara II takes its style cues from the Jazz Originals, these puppies look retro cool -- which is more than we can say for those barefoot runners and their hobbit slippers.

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara II; $90

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