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Light, Fast, Free: 2011 Racing Shoe Review

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Today’s racing flats cater to what the minimalist and barefoot movements preach: rapid turnover, forefoot emphasis and minimal weight. And because these lightweight speed shoes have been around for so long and are hardly a trend, they are relatively affordable. Remember that your racing flats or lightweight trainers are for shorter races; these shoes typically have a closer fit and are less plush than high-mileage, everyday training footwear.

To help you find the perfect shoe, we enlisted a panel of speedy racer types to offer their feedback on the FIT, FEEL and RIDE of the latest racing flats. Once you have narrowed your choices down, head to your local running store to dial it all in for the final selection. Check ’em out below!