Outdoors Magazine

Gear Closet: Skora Base Running Shoes

Posted on the 03 May 2012 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Gear Closet: Skora Base Running Shoes If you're a runner of any type it has been nearly impossible to ignore the trend towards minimalism in footwear over the past few years. Thinner, lighter shoes have been all the rage as athletes focus on changing their running style to accommodate this unique - yet popular - approach to running longer distances without adding stress or damage to your feet, knees or hips.
As someone who runs nearly every day, I have to admit that I've been intrigued with the minimalist approach and I've tested some of the more well known and distinct styles of lightweight shoes. While I haven't quite become a convert, I have seen the benefits of "barefoot" running and how it can be a more enjoyable experience than I had thought possible. Still, I missed the protection that traditional shoes brought to my feet and when I sprained both ankles last fall, the minimalist shoes had to be put to the side. Still, as time passed, I started thinking about adopting the barefoot style more fully, although I had hoped to find running shoes that weren't quite so minimal to help with the transition.
Enter the new Base shoe from a company called Skora. Weighing in at just 225 grams (7.9 ounces) the shoes are plenty "minimal" and yet still have plenty of substance as well. Soft, flexible and streamlined, the Base offers much more support and cushioning than other "barefoot" shoes that I've tried without sacrificing too much weight. This approach to the design of the shoes puts them squarely in-between the other popular minimalist and traditional shoes.
Skora created the Base to offer a little something for all runners, although in doing so they run the risk of creating a shoe that doesn't appeal to the ether minimalist or traditional crowds. If you leaning towards the former, these may not be light enough for you, while if you're in the latter camp, they may not offer the support you're looking.
From my personal use of the shoes I can say that I'm quite impressed. I've been using them regularly over the past month or so, and I happen to like Skora's approach of making a shoe that bridges the gap between the two competing running ideologies. I found the Base shoes to be very comfortable to wear and provided a surprising amount of support for a package that feels feather-light on your feet. I also enjoyed the X-strap system that replaces the laces found on most other shoes, eschewing those old shoestrings in favor of a nylon and velcro option that holds the shoes in place exceedingly well.
The unique design doesn't end there either. Skora added reflective highlights that help make a runner more visible in low-light conditions and the interior of the shoe allows them to be worn with or without socks. In the warm Texas spring I've been running sans socks and have found the Base holds up well and are very comfortable, even on extended runs.
These shoes look a bit like something that was designed for a science fiction film, particularly the silver edition. But most runners are use to wearing brightly colored,  obnoxious footwear, so I doubt you'll be phased by the looks of the Base in any way.
If you're interested in joining the "minimalist revolution" but have been reluctant to try some of the other ultra-lightweight shoes, then you may want to give the Skora Base shoes a go. They provide a good fit, excellent comfort and a surprising amount of support for both the arches and ankles. With a price of just $125 they are competitive with other running shoes as well.
For more information and to order a pair for yourself, visit SkoraRunning.com.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Gear Closet: DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator

    There is little doubt that technology has made the world a smaller place. Between the Internet, smartphones, tablets and other devices it is now possible to sta... Read more

    The 24 October 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Solar Lighting Options From Energizer

    As we've learned recently, the options for charging our gadgets with solar energy have come a long way. Solar cells are becoming smaller and more efficient,... Read more

    The 30 October 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Wolverine Pulsar Boots

    For more than 125 years, Wolverine has been designing boots for the workplace. In fact, when I think of the company, thats what immediately comes to mind –... Read more

    The 02 February 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Hydrapak E-Lite Runners Vest

    Awhile back, I wrote a review of the new Marathoner hydration vest from Camelbak, which should be hitting stores about now. I found it to be a good option for... Read more

    The 16 February 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Keen Ambler Hiking Shoes

    Despite the fact that the calendar still reads winter, we all know spring is now just a few short weeks away. That means it is time to put away the thick... Read more

    The 02 March 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: OutThere MS-1 Backpack

    Back in October I wrote a review of the AS-1 backpack, calling it the best pack on the market for adventure racing and a damn great pack for backpackers and... Read more

    The 05 March 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Sports Science Graphic T-Shirt

    Over the past few years there have been some wonderful advances in the area of fabrics used in the clothing wear while on our active endeavors. Read more

    The 08 March 2012 by   Kungfujedi

Add a comment