When it comes to running shoes, there’s no shortage of opportunity for geekery.
Minimal, maximal, stack height, heel-toe offset, arch structure, weight … to some people, it’s borderline obsession-worthy.
As a blogger who writes about running, I should be a shoe geek. But, alas, I just can’t get into it. I run for the simplicity of the sport — there’s a reason you don’t see me on a bike — and as long as my running shoes feel so good I forget I’m wearing them, I’m pretty happy.
My approach is a simple one, and questions I ask myself before buying a particular running shoe are few, but important:
- Does it feel good?
- Is it neutral and relatively low-drop?
- Is it vegan?
(For those even less geeky than I am, “neutral” in running-shoe lingo means that there’s no extra support built into the inside sole to prevent overpronation; a neutral shoe lets your foot move where it wants to. More on low- and zero-drop in a bit.)
I don’t write about running shoes often. I raved about the Brooks PureDrift and the Hoka One One back in 2013, but in the past few years, that’s really it. Most shoes that I try just aren’t remarkable enough to write about.
Today, though, it’s time to break a two-year shoe drought and tell you about a brand I’m absolutely loving.