Topo Athletic shoe review/giveaway

Toporeview 1024x512 Topo Athletic shoe review/giveawayIf you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my picture of those funny, split-toed shoes I was wearing last week. They are the RT model from Topo Athletic. What’s the deal with that toe design? According to Topo, it’s based on the Japanese Tabi shoe, and the design keeps the foot securely positioned inside an anatomically shaped toe box. The benefit: inside a roomy fit, you feel more secure, more agile, and ultimately more connected.

Never having run in anything like this other than Vibram 5-fingers, which I didn’t like, I was expecting a very different ride than what I am used to getting from shoes with a “normal” toe box (the founder of Topo, Tony Post, is a former Vibram team member, incidentally). I was surprised, then, to find them feel pretty much like a normal, minimalist running shoe, meaning that I was unaware of the shoe extending in between my first and second toes. That could be because I spend so much time barefoot and have a fairly decent toe splay anyhow, but I’m not sure.

What Topo claims the split-toe design will do for your running is “amplify” your natural gait rather than try to correct it in any way. Not sure if this is what it did for me, but I will say I could definitely feel my form, good, bad or otherwise. I think it made me more aware of how I was landing, which is always a good thing.

The RT model is very lightweight–just over five ounces for the female model and six ounces for the male model. It’s also flexible and has no differentiation from the heel to toe. The stack height is 16 mm across the board, making it nice and close to the ground. As to size, I could have gone down a half size, only because I found my foot slipping around a bit.

The split-toe models like the RT that Topo does have a pair of socks you can purchase that allow you to wear them (regular socks don’t work). I wore mine both with socks and without and probably preferred them without, but that’s not always practical in the winter! Topo also makes other models, including some without the split toe–its latest models will be debuting soon, as a matter of fact.

So–if you’d like a pair of natural running shoes, split toe or otherwise, the good news is that Topo is offering a pair in a giveaway. To enter, chime in on Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will end next Wednesday, Dec. 18. Good luck!

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  1. I have never like slip-slops, as I don’t really like things between my toes. That said I have no problem with 5-finger! I really wonder what a pair of those Topo would feel like? I see in your picture that you also get socks!
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  2. I’m looking for a mileage shoe, so I’d be interested most in the RT. :)

  3. That’s a cool looking shoe. I would love to give them a try.
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  4. RR, BABY!!!!!
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  5. OMG I have these in hot pink and I think they are just too cool. I get A LOT of compliments/questions on them. I feel the same as you as far as running in them. They are by far the most minimalist shoe I’ve ever had and I don’t think I could run more then 4-5 miles in them. I do, however, wear them just to run errands, etc and they are super comfy!!
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  6. I saw these on you a while back! I would totally love to try them!
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  7. Those look interesting! I would definitely try the purple ST’s!

  8. I would love to try these out! I LIVE in flip flops and get sad when it’s too cold to wear them anymore. What a fun review & giveaway. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!
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  9. I’d love to try these! I somehow messed up the answer the question part of the giveaway, hit enter too soon and it won’t let me back in. Oops! But very cool shoes!
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  10. I like the look of these shoes and want to try them out. I used to love my Vibrams Five Fingers but just don’t find myself wearing them anymore.
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  11. These look so comfortable. I hope I win!

  12. The Run RT! Obviously…. built for the mileage ;)
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  13. Thy asked me to review too but when I explained my bad feet to them, they said they would not be right for me.. :)
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  14. eager to check out Topo Athletics, especially the new ST!
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  15. Very interested in learning more about these. I think I’d like to try the RTs.
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  16. Those shoes look very interesting – glad that they also have socks because I was wondering how you use regular socks!!!
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  17. I love the look of the W-RT in green and gray. Very interesting concept!
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  18. Look very interesting – definitely the RT model is the one for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  19. Lay that RT model on me! Interesting shoe.
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  20. this is so interesting. I’d have to go for the RT model! How are they compared to skoras?
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  21. What an interesting pair of shoes!
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  22. Nice looking shoes – I like the 2 models without the obvious split toe the best from a design standpoint, but the RT sounds like the best overall for use.
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  23. It would be RT for me!
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  25. they look cute on your little feet…not sure how they’d be in a size 11 :( EEEK!

  26. These are quite unique. I’ve just started wearing minimalist shoes and would like to try these. I checked out their website and they have such fun colors!
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  28. Lurve the speed trainer model in lavender or grey. Cool shoes!!!

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