The Shoe That Keeps On Running {Skora Review}

by TaylorR

Yesterday morning I did something I haven’t done in over 5 weeks.

Speed work at the track!

Katie and I took a hiatus from track workouts about two weeks out from Kiawah’s Half Marathon. With my foot recovering and with the holidays neither of us were able to make track training happen.

And boy could you tell! Watching us and listening to us complain, you would have thought we had never ran before. It was pretty comical really, but very humbling at the same time.

Back in November, we were rocking out 800s, 1200s, and even mile repeats. Today?

400s. Whomp whomp.

That’s all we had in our tanks. After each lap we put our hands on our thighs, take some crazy deep breaths and then ask each other what the heck were we doing out there. I think at one point there was even talk of changing to 200s. But luckily we managed to pull through and by the end of our run, we had covered just over 4 miles (that’s with the warm-up and cool-down runs).

Yup… humbling. I told Katie it’s the hard runs that make us stronger.

This was our first training session back after a long break so of course we shouldn’t have expected to just step out on that red track and feel at ease. In fact, we wanted to die.

Oh running…

The Shoe That Never Stops

Now that my running is picking up again (though still pretty light coming off an injury), I am finally able to share with you my newest running treat!

A pair of SKORAs!

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A few months back, I hopped on Twitter and asked for trail running shoe recommendations. I loved all the feedback and was just about to put an order in for a pair when SKORA reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying a pair of their shoes out.

I had never heard of SKORA before, so of couse I checked out their website…

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And read some reviews before agreeing. I read several reviews from people saying that their shoes lasted for over 1000 miles… with trail running!

There are several picts of long living shoes at their Facebook page, here’s just one (that has 1100 miles):

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I had to try out these shoes that apparently are the Energy Bunny of the running world!

Okay, so I will admit when I received my SKORA’s and pulled them out of the package I kind of felt like I was looking at a pair of futuristic shoes. Not quite what I was used to and I was a bit on edge. After all, I am a shoe lover and I believe that a person’s shoes make a statement.

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What statement were these making?

Pushing my hesitation aside, I slipped into them and immediately went “Wo, these are comfortable!”

The SKORA Test

Lightweight, minimal, yet supportive. The SKORA is considered a barefoot shoe brand, yet they are far more supportive than my New Balance Minimus. They have cushion for comfort which I have yet to really find in a barefoot shoe (which is why I continue to not use my others).

Now, I haven’t logged 1000 miles in them (hello recovery period) but I have had the chance to run short distances on a treadmill and outside.

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Because of the 0-drop, training smart is essential. Small runs to build-up millage is key to teach my body how to run barefoot.

On the trails, the support is enough to handle jumping, rock running and quick turns perfectly! The 13 mm stack height is the blessing for the comfort. Because of it, the cushioning is enough so that I don’t feel all those rocks, limbs, and branches as I pound my way over the tops. I love trails, but they can be pretty brutal on the feet and ankles.

So far, I am digging them! And I have learned what statement they make…

I am confident as a runner. I am a beast.

I am in love with this pair from their site:

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I am seriously contemplating these for my next pair of shoes. At $110, they’re just as much as any other running shoe on the market but so much more goal targeted with the runner in mind.

The Trail Run 12K

Next weekend is our first trail run of the year. I haven’t decided yet if I am ready for that distance in barefoot shoes since I am just getting back into training. But I really want to test these out in the competitive field.

What’s your favorite new running shoe/gear/tool?

 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

misszippy January 10, 2014 at 6:19 am

Skora has a great thing going with their shoes. I find that I am much happier on trails in as little shoe as possible. Feeling the ground there makes all the difference to me–very little falling b/c I am sure footed. I’m glad you are liking them!

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Kyle Kranz January 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I’ve also grown accustomed to being able to feel the trails, instead of blocking out all sensation with thick soles and rock plates. I feel it makes me more sure-footed and stable. Yes, it may slow me down a bit as I can’t throw my feet any which way, but that’s a “sacrifice” I’m willing to make.

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TaylorR January 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

True. Some sacrifices have to be made to train and run the way we prefer! I love the thick soles!

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TaylorR January 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

They really do! I love the smaller brand companies and what they stand for. Seems like they have a great passion!

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Aqiyl Aniys @ Plant Based Diet January 10, 2014 at 6:43 am

I love barefoot / minimalist running shoes. They help stabilize the alignment of my legs and help me build my arches.

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TaylorR January 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I am starting to love them! Baby steps.

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Erica January 10, 2014 at 7:06 am

Those look fun! Maybe I’ll give them a go after my next race! You know I’m usually Brooks loyal. Good luck next weekend!

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TaylorR January 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

You should! I am thinking about switching up my Mizunos for the roads actually!

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Kim January 10, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I’ve never tried Skora or anything even close to a minimalist shoe – not sure that I really want to – probably all mental but…

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TaylorR January 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Kim i am there with you! I was really nervous about it! Still trying to decide if I should wear them for my trail race! But I do love them so far!

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Amy Lauren January 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I want in on the track workouts now that you guys are starting back! Pretty much any morning works for me now, I just have to get the strength to get out of bed that early (the holidays changed my sleep schedule and it hasn’t changed back… I’m sleeping till 7:30 lately!).

How fun that a shoe company contacted you about trail shoes when you asked for recs (I love it when companies are proactive like that and reach out to bloggers- a lot of smaller companies are doing that now and getting the picture that it really is good for their marketing strategy). I’ve never heard of the Skora brand, but those shoes look really futuristic and cool. Being able to get that many miles on a shoe is just amazing. They are the same price too roughly (at least those orange ones are). Glad you are coming back from your injury even if it is slowly, and getting used to the shoes.

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TaylorR January 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm

We are back! Last week was a spur of the moment with the cold but next week we will be there normal time on Tuesday!

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Amy Lauren January 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Thanks for letting me know, I can probably make it on Tuesday morning this week! I am fine with keeping Tuesday as the day. That will actually work really well for me this week as I have plans Tuesday evening so have to work out in the morning.

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Karen January 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I wore aisics for years and recently switched to Brooks. Really liked them initially but for the past 2 months I have been nursing an injury and I am afraid its the sneakers… shame because they are only 5 months old. Not sure I would try something as innovative as Skora. Kind of afraid it would throw my body off. Keep us posted on how it goes & good luck recuperating !

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TaylorR January 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I definitely will! Good luck with your injury! It’s funny how companies can make a small tweak to a shoe and then throw it off completely for us! I kind of feel that way about my Mizunos right now as well.

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