Friday, September 21, 2012

Skora FORM

You know how people tell you that some things in life should just feel right? As clique as it may sound, that was my initial reaction to these shoes!

I was given the opportunity to review Skora's FORMS. Here's a little about the shoe from their website:

  "FORM is definition of premium performance. Featuring a full-leather upper made of Pittards Goatskin leather with WR100X leather lining, FORM is designed with asymmetric lacing and no-tongue construction to provide a glove-like fit in combination with stitch-down construction and an Ortholite sockliner."

The shoes really do fit like a glove. I like shoes that give my foot enough room but not so much room that my foot can't feel the shoe. The more I ran in them, the more my foot seemed to "mold" with the shoe.

The Ortholite sockliner was really comfortable. In other shoes I've tried the liners have sometimes dug into the side of my heel or felt too hard on my foot. This liner is shaped just right and never gave me any type of irritation. 

"FORM is built on the R01 platform composed of the REALFIT™ last. The R01 platform also features a zero-drop outsole/midsole with minimal cushioning and a curved section profile in both the forefoot and heel. This allows for optimal natural movement and performance."

REALFIT™ is designed to compliment the natural shape of the foot. I didn't have to "work these shoes in" whatsoever. The Goatskin leather really allowed my foot to move naturally and didn't "fight" my foot. I was also pleasantly surprised that I never got one blister! Like I said before, these shoes just feel right.

I like that the shoes were enhancing my running instead of changing my running. In other running shoes I've tried I felt like the shoe was separate from my foot which caused me to run and land in different ways (aka increased my likelihood of injury.) I didn't run into that problem with these shoes at all. I was able to land properly without fighting the shoe.

As stated above, these are zero-drop shoes. I was surprised at how easily my foot adjusted to the zero drop since I had never run in zero-drop shoes before. I really thought it would take a few runs to get used to them but I honestly only had to go a few miles before I felt normal.

The shoes are lightweight, have a good amount of flexibility and are very breathable. They are so breathable that you have the option to wear socks in them or not. I was unsure if I'd like wearing the shoes without socks but it was actually way more comfortable than I expected. I did the majority of my runs in them sock-less because it felt more natural that way.

One of my favorite parts about the shoe is the wide toe box. I do have wide feet in general but this was really the perfect amount of space for my toes. I hate when my toes are cramped especially when I'm running since my feet swell up. My toes could move freely without feeling cramped for the entire run. That has never happened in any other shoes I've worn before!

I am very honored to be reviewing these shoes because I'm not an elite athlete or an ultra marathoner, I'm just your average runner with a long road ahead. I think this is proof that these shoes are suitable for all levels of running. Overall, the shoe felt natural and comfortable to wear. The condition of the shoes has stayed very well so far. I think I've put about 40 miles on them. I plan on using them in my next half-marathon so I will update you on how a race goes in them. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to move into zero-drop. The adjustment process is fast and very doable in these shoes. If you have any other questions about the shoes please let me know! For further information about Skora and their products check out their website here. Thank you to Skora Running for this opportunity, I am so very grateful!

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