When it comes to running, whether it is on pavement or a trail, you want your trail running shoes to be durable enough to handle your running style and the rigors of the terrain. You don't want a bulky shoe that is going to slow you down and inhibit your ability to be flexible and agile on your run. That is why barefoot shoes from Merrell are an invaluable tool when it comes to minimalist running. Don't let the name fool you, because your feet will still be protected with these durable shoes. The goal with barefoot running shoes is to create a natural, zero-drop experience, so that you can have full foot contact in a lightweight, but sturdy design. Running is about the freedom to engage with the outdoors, which is why the equipment is so crucial. No matter what type of runner you are, taking care of your feet is essential. That is why casual joggers and more serious trail runners really enjoy the minimalist approach to running shoes. As you prepare for the next phase of your running experience, think about going barefoot with Merrell. Don't let the wrong shoes be a deterrent to a great running experience. Check out a couple of our most popular barefoot collections, the Trail Glove and the Vapor Glove.