I researched the shoe and found many favorable reviews plus you have to admit they are just different. It sounded like a cool company that is focused on the minimialist runner. I ordered the shoes and when they came I was so excited to try them out on a night run. First putting them on they felt great! Narrow in the back to lock in the heel and wide up front for splay. I decided to go on a night run and when I finished only about a mile I came to the concusion these shoes are awful. I am under and 8 min. mile runner. These shoes seemed to slow me down and just didn't get it for my stride. The soles made a loud smack because of the hard molded rubber. I started thinking to myself the shoes might be okay for a 10 min. + mi. runner. Maybe I had an off day so I gave them another try with the same result. I wanted to return them but doubted they could be returned since they had been worn. I decided to give them yet another try before retiring them to casual shoes but this time took the insert out of the shoe. The first thing I noticed with the insert was small little grip bumps which seemed very unusual. Well I went on a pavement and trail run and they felt awesome. Now I'm looking forward to more runs in these shoes. I probably won't use them in road races but definently for trail races. The grip and feel was excellent. Since the shoe is so thin on the upper heel area it seems to cause a little irritation but I'm taking will go away with breaking in.
I am a HUGE fan of the SKORA Phase. I currently own the Phase Ice and they are amazing. Not only are they absolutely stunning shoes with their beautiful bright colors, but they last much longer than your typical shoe brand's shoes do. I've lost many toe nails to other running shoes, but the fit of these shoes is unbeatable. Definitely order a half size smaller than you normally would. They are not too narrow or too wide, in fact they are noticeably comfortable in this regard. I highly recommend them to distance runners who typically do road running. They are very comfortable and durable, they will keep you going for the long haul!
I use these shoes for walking, averaging 250 miles a month at a fast pace with a long, heavy stride. Because the soles are relatively thin and I walk mostly on pavement, they wear out within two months. Thick-soled shoes would last perhaps three months, but the difference in how it feels to walk with this kind of shoe makes it more than worth it to me. I love the minimalist feel.
My new Skoras are comfortable and REALLY cool looking!
Born in Poland and reared in Calgary, founder David Sypniewski chose the brand name SKORA, which means "skin" or "leather" in Polish, depending on the context.
The name is quite fitting for the "second skin" shoes, a majority of which are crafted from performance goatskin leather.
The Portland-based minimalist brand offers a creative line of shoes designed to encourage running performance that is as biomechanically correct as possible, with minimal interference.
Run Real is the SKORA philosophy. Using a REALFIT™ last, the sleek, lightweight shoes offer runners a natural fit with minimal cushioning, a zero-drop heel and asymmetrical lacing for more security and comfort.
Less is definitely more when it comes to SKORA technology. Rather than load shoes with unnecessary features, SKORA keeps it simple, teaching runners to listen to their bodies with better ground feel and a curved heel/forefoot outsole that mimics the foot for a more natural gait.
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