The trend is definitely getting stronger. All brands are taking a serious shot at the barefoot/minimalist running market. The New Balance Minimus Series ($100) is a collection of three running shoes for three different surfaces: Road, Life and Trail. The New Balance Minimus running shoes can be worn with socks or barefoot and are odor resistant. They provide just the right amount of cushioning, are extremely lightweight and bring extreme comfort to your feet during effort. While the Road and Trail editions are clearly designed for running, the Life model has been engineered for post-run recovery or anything else you feel confortable doing with them.