Outdoors Magazine

Gear Closet: Skora Base Running Shoes

Posted on the 03 May 2012 by 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.Gear Closet: Skora Base Running ShoesGear Closet: Skora Base Running Shoes

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • 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
  • Gear Closet: CamelBak All Clear

    Travelers, hikers, and backpackers looking for an alternative method for purifying water while on the go have a fantastic new option from an unlikely source. Read more

    The 14 March 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: SeasonFive Phantom Paddling Shirt

    A quick glance at the calendar will tell you that spring is here and warm weather won't be far behind. That means its time to put away our cold weather gear... Read more

    The 20 March 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Osprey Atmos 50 Backpack

    It is difficult to improve on perfection. Especially in the world of outdoor gear. One of my all-time favorite pieces of gear is my Osprey Atmos 50 backpack. I... Read more

    The 23 March 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Danner Crater Rim Boots

    There are a lot of companies that make hiking boots these days, many of which have no business doing so. They stock their line-up with way too many options and... Read more

    The 04 May 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Hydrapak Jolla Backpack

    For my money, the hydration pack is amongst the greatest outdoor innovations of all time. The ability to conveniently and comfortably carry water while we... Read more

    The 25 May 2012 by   Kungfujedi
  • Gear Closet: Keen Turia Shoes

    One of my all time favorite pairs of shoes are a classic pair of sandals from Keen. I love them because they are comfortable, durable and versatile. Read more

    The 31 May 2012 by   Kungfujedi

Add a comment