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Toe a new line: barefoot shoes
Toe a new line: barefoot shoes

If you live in Los Angeles or other fashion-forward places where people are eager to try new things, you have seen them: people running around in shoes that look like gorilla feet, modern ninja footwear or high-tech surf booties. They are the newest twist on the oldest walking technology on Earth: feet. With major shoe companies releasing a slew of these so-called barefoot shoes onto the market this spring, what began as a small movement among hard-core runners is edging into the mainstream. People are buying the minimalist shoes to hike, walk, lift weights, cross-train and water their lawns. "It is like wearing little hobbit feet," said 42-year-old Hollywood screenwriter...