I am all for a nice minimalist shoe. As a relatively new runner (3 years with a marathon under my belt so not new but newer than some) I have been experimenting with shoes. My first running shoe I was wearing New Balance and it was definitely not a show that most people would wear for long distance running.
When I took them in after my first marathon to a specialty running store so that I could show the salesperson how my stride is and where I land. He was honestly… appalled so now I know! (Plus I certainly did NOT follow the 400-mile rule on them. But let’s not tell any of my future doctors or running friends about that okay?)
I have shopped around and tried a few more pairs since then but seeing as how I didn’t know how shoes were “Supposed” to feel I had to do some trial and error (Saucony, Brooks, Nike). I tried to do something with cushion and couldn’t take it (foot cramps 2 miles in) and I really prefer the connection to the ground. I have very strong feet, high arches and zero problems that I know about.
The Toposhoe was developed by a man who worked for Vibram (you know the monkey tow shoes) and eventually moved to his own company since he wanted to do more of a road shoe that was still minimalist. You really couldn’t get any more minimalist than that.
I have been running in them for about two months and I really wish that I liked them more. They are lightweight, breathable and its supporting one of the smaller running shoe companies.
Alas, they are a bit too lightweight for distance running. Anything higher than five miles and I really start to feel a cramping in my heal and arch. Forget about long runs that you get into with marathon training. For 3- 4 miles I might still wear them but for longer distances and the repetitive motion of running, even on the flat road that they are designed for, is just a bit too much.
- Independent company
- Short distance running (5-10ks)
- Lack of support
- Wears quickly on rubber outer heel.
- Zero drop makes long distance running painfully with cushion
Note: If you are not used to a zero drop show this might take some getting used to. I personally have never had a high drop or a high cushioned.
Conclusion: I have run about 200 miles on this shoe, but as I get into higher mileage during formal marathon training, I find that for my long runs I have needed to switch back to Brooks Pureflow 6s and will most likely stick with those for anything over 6 miles just because my running economy is better in them.
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Nylon mesh upper/printed polyurethane
1 lb. 0.6 oz.