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When It Comes to Your Sneakers—Is Less Really More?

Reebok RealFlex Transition

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$100; reebok.com
The multi-directional nodes on the bottom of this shoe promote the natural movement of your foot, while the polyester mesh upper offers durability and comfort.

Bonus: A removable sock liner adds extra cushioning to these slim-soled kicks.

New Balance WX20

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$85; newbalance.com
These insert-less sneakers and slight, 4mm heel-to-toe drop are designed to keep your feet as close to the ground as possible, helping you move naturally—all the better to execute your exercises with.

Zoot Swift FS

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$90; zootsports.com
Built from the inside out and sans laces, there is absolutely no extra bulk on this shoe. Plus, the UltraFit material that it's made from utilizes compression technology for the snuggest possible fit.

Helly Hansen

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$90; hellyhansen.com
These kicks will keep your feet sweat-free thanks to their breathable, quick-drying mesh fabric. And the sole is separated into different pods to help your feet bend and move naturally.

Nike Free Gym

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$110; nike.com
This shoe is designed with your bare foot in mind! The upper is comprised of a seamless mesh making blisters a thing of the past—even without socks. The split, thin, rubber outsole offers extreme flexibility.

Adidas Adipure

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$90; shopadidas.com
The separated-toe design of this slipper increases dexterity, so your foot can interact with the ground exactly as it would if bare. (Don't worry the rubber sole protects your toesies.) Mimicking the foot's anatomy allows for better balance and flexibility so you get more out of every move.

Altra Eve

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$80; altrazerodrop.com
The wide toebox of this sneaker is key if your digits consistently feel crushed or cramped. Plus, unlike some other slim shoes, the durable, fully cushioned outsole protects your feet during high impact activities, like box jumps.