Monday, December 29, 2014

Part III: A Skora Fit Review Thingy

I've had these shoes since September now, and I've logged 141 miles in them so far. They're still looking almost brand new. I did step in some mud this week and hose them off, so they're long free of the dust from Ladybird Lake.

Here's a list of pros and cons:

  • Zero-drop. I've been running in zero drop shoes for a while now, and I didn't want to go back. These are great, and my achilles didn't have any issues at all.
  • Durable sole. The wear on these is pretty minimal. Most shoes I've owned have been about the same, though, since I'm on the lighter side weight-wise.

Right toe

Right heel

Left toe

Left heel
  • Snug heel. This is a big one for me. I have really narrow heels. Almost every pair of normal shoes I've ever owned slide around in the heel, but with the right lacing, these haven't.
  • Removable insole. For shorter runs, it is nice to be able to take out the insole and get more of the "ground feel" other reviewers have rave about. As opposed to other shoes I've owned that have a removable insole, these actually still look like they're designed to be run in without the insole.
  • Stack height. The 16mm padding is exactly what I was looking for. It's not too squishy, and, the combo of the insole and the sole is a great ride.
  • Not ventilated. Luckily I have been running during our "winter" here in Austin, so my feet haven't been super sweaty. But I am getting lots of blisters in places I've never gotten them before -- and I think that's b/c my feet are pretty, um (ew) moist. Between my toes, and all around the metatarsals of my big toes. Blisters.  
    • Edit: Not true about the ventilation. I went out on a chill, windy day, and when I turned out from under a bridge up into big gust of wind, I felt it hit my feet. Kind of crazy!
  • Loose fit. I tried both the 7 and 7.5. Normally I wear a 7 in running shoes, and Skora's website suggested that I get a 6.5. I was skeptical and ordered the 7, but it didn't have enough room (failed the thumnail-big-toe test, and also hurt my toes on a small test run) so I exchanged for a 7.5. I also feel like my foot manages to slide around in the shoes, despite the fact that my heel and arch seem snug and in place. I tried lacing them a little more tightly, but I ended up with my very first black toenail on my left (smaller) foot. I had also been getting very strange blisters on the front of both my 2nd toes, and they callused over. This is just not something I've ever experienced. I've run in lots of brands of shoes, and never had an issue with the tips of my toes. The room seems to be at the top of the shoe. Too much stretch?
  • Dots on insoles. I don't like these. I feel like they're tiny little abrasion points under my feet. I can feel them through my socks. They don't keep my feet from sliding, so what are they there for? Maybe they're keeping the sliding from being worse?
Raised dots
Raised dots
All in all, they're really well-made shoes. They've held up very well. I'm on the fence about them, though. I think if my feet were maybe a bit wider they would be better. Since I have narrow feet, I think I should probably try another brand of shoe next.

4/19/15 Update: The more I think about these shoes, the more I wonder if I got too big of a size. Maybe the issue with my left toes bumping into the front of the shoe when I had the first pair (size 7) was because they were too big, and I should have sized down, not up? This is why we should all shop at running stores with paid shoe experts. But no stores carry these kinds of shoes here in the ATX.

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