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April 19 2011 12:00 AM

Today's hottest footwear trends are leaning toward minimalism, according to an expert presenting today at the American College of Sports Medicine's 15th-annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

Matt Werd, D.P.M., FACSM identified the five hottest trends in athletic footwear:

- Barefoot running. Some runners believe running sans shoes forces a more natural running pattern. Research shows that barefoot runners do land more on the midfoot and forefoot versus shod runners; however, it is unclear which foot-landing pattern, if any, is best for avoiding injuries.

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