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Product: Vibram FiveFingers Bikila
What It Is: Those trendy barefoot running shoes you've seen. You probably saw them on someone with a beard and/or very small shorts, and you possibly confused them for a monster's feet.
Why It's A Great Gift: See above: these are trendy. You don't want to wait until these become completely mainstream, do you? Oh, and then there's the added benefit of improved running with "a more natural, healthier, and more efficient forefoot strike." And while there have been many who have already converted to the barefoot running style, the Bikila is the first model from Vibram FiveFingers designed "for a more natural running experience."
Built on an entirely new platform, the Bikila features a Dri-Lex® covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating protection, and distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot strike running form.
In short: it helps your run the way many argue humans were meant to run (read: not in heavily padded sneakers).
Where You Can Buy It: Available at REI.com, as well as most running speciality stores.