It’s no secret that I’m, ahem, a bit of an Imelda when it comes to natural running shoes. You name the brand and I’ve probably tried it (note–it’s good to be a blogger!). The latest shoe I was fortunate enough to try is the Form, by Skora Running.
I like what Skora is doing with running shoes. Their philosophy: At SKORA, we look at things differently. We believe that running shoes should be built to encourage running performance that is as biomechanically correct as possible, with minimal interference. Our footwear lets people run naturally. Run Real is our philosophy and we stand by it.
From my experience with the Form, I’d say they’re hitting the nail on the head. The shoes are different than anything I’ve tried before, beginning with the materials–the shoes are made of leather, which is so different from what any of us are used to these days. Then there’s the lacing–it’s asymmetrical, something Skora does for comfort. I liked this and do think it’s more comfortable.
Unlike many shoe companies that look for things to add to their shoes, Skora looked for things to take out, which I appreciate. The shoe is just simple: zero drop, wide toe box, a contoured last–in short, it is built like a foot. As for the ride itself: I felt that I could find and maintain good form quite easily with the shoes, something I can’t say about all of the “natural” shoes I have tried. I like that there is so little between my foot and the ground with these.
I’m going to say that the only drawback I can see with these shoes is the price tag: $180 for this model, although they have a less expensive model available as well. I’m betting, however, that the shoes last much longer than a mesh pair, and with little cushioning to worry about wearing out, the shoes can probably go well beyond what many people are used to getting out of their normal kicks.
Want to read more about Skora or other natural running shoes? Check out the newly released Minimalist Shoe Buying Guide #1–Fall/Winter. It’s a great way to compare and contrast the ever growing variety of shoes in this category.
Have you tried Skora Running shoes? Thoughts?
Disclaimer: Skora Running gave me these shoes for free. All opinions expressed are my own.
Interested in a pair? Skora is offering a discount now through Nov. 24: