Best Bet: Minimus Running Shoes


Remember being told to chuck your thick-soled cross-trainers and jump on the barefoot-running bandwagon with a pair of FiveFingers toe sneakers? Remember when you didn’t because, despite your dedication to the sport, they just looked too disconcertingly froglike? New Balance’s just-released Minimus MT10 running shoes ($100 at New Balance Experience Store, 150 Fifth Ave., at 20th St.; 212-727-2520 or online) provide the same gait-improving benefits with an ultraflexible mesh design that, thankfully, keeps your toes on the inside. They’re ideal for the kind of high-intensity routines (i.e., “30-Minute Marathons”) you’ll find detailed here. Plus, gadgets to keep your boots in shape, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and more in this week's issue. [NYM]