Soft Star Moc3 RunAmoc Review

 Posted by on August 29, 2013  No Responses »
Aug 292013
 
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Sandals, socks, and toe shoes are just some of the types of footwear I never thought I would go running in prior to our introduction to minimalist shoes (not to mention going completely barefoot).  Just two years later and I’m going out for runs in all of the above, and now I can add 2 mm thick running moccasins (Soft Star Moc3s to be exact) to the list.  Soft Star may look familiar to those of you who are long time Technically Running readers, since Meagan did a review of the RunAmoc Dash about a year and a half ago, but the Moc3, which is one of their newest models, has little in common with the Dash.  In fact, both models are so different that they could almost be confused as being made my different companies!  Point being, while moccasins might bring to mind some of the simplest shoes ever made, Soft Star does a remarkable job at making a wide variety of moccasin styles for many different uses!

Brand: Soft Star

Name: Moc3 RunAmoc

Color Options: Black, Red, White, Blue

Weight: 5oz

Drop: 0mm

Other: 2mm stack height

Price: $94


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Lems Primal 2 Review

 Posted by on July 24, 2013  No Responses »
Jul 242013
 
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Terminator 2, Aliens, X-Men 2, Evil Dead 2, and The Dark Knight. All films that are arguably better than their predecessors.  And yet, as most movie fans know, it is rare that the sequel lives up to (or exceeds) the hype of the original. Apparently this is not the case in the shoe world. This year has already seen the introduction of many solid (or improved) sequels from companies like Merrell (the Trail Glove 2/Road Glove 2) and Brooks (the Pure Flow 2/Pure Connect 2).  With this review, I’m happy to announce that Lems (AKA Stems/Lemings), has also come out with a sequel shoe, the Primal 2, that allows them to retain their title of King of the minimalist casual/easy hiking shoe arena.

Brand: Lems

Name: Primal 2

Color Options: Men’s – Black/Slate/Brown, Women’s – Black/Sky/Brown/Frost

Weight: 6.9oz

Drop: 0mm

Stack Height: 8mm

Price: $95


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SKORA PHASE Review

 Posted by on July 8, 2013  2 Responses »
Jul 082013
 
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I’d like to begin this review similar to my last SKORA review and talk about the brand as a whole.  In that post, I referred to the many awards and praises that SKORA has received, including a reference to SKORA being “the Apple of running shoes”.  At first, I thought that analogy was made based on the quality of the design and materials used in SKORA FORM (their higher-end model), but now that I’ve tried one of the entry-level models (the PHASE), I’ve realized that, like Apple, SKORA’s goal is to offer an experience to its customers, no matter what the price point.  From the well-designed box with a magnetized lid, to the artistic design of the shoes themselves, you are ready to hit the road and never look back the moment you open up your pair of SKORAs.

Brand: SKORA

Name: PHASE

Color Options: Men’s – Red/Black/White & Black/Black/White (pictured) Women’s – Blue/Pink/White & Purple/Black/Green

Weight: 7.20z

Drop: 0mm

Other: 8mm stack height

Price: $110


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Tune Footwear Loafer Review

 Posted by on June 14, 2013  4 Responses »
Jun 142013
 
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Today, we’re going to take a little detour from our normal “programming.” For those of you looking for running shoe reviews, I’ll direct you to our sidebar where we have all of our recent reviews listed, but, for those of you looking for a minimalist dress shoe designed by a team with fitness and health on their mind, you’ve come to the right place.  Mike, the brains behind Tune Footwear, first came up with the idea for these shoes because of his passion for running, as well as his interest in the minimalist shoe movement.  As his professional career progressed, he found there was a need for a minimalist dress shoe in the market, and took it upon himself to design a shoe that offers both style and versatility to the minimalist enthusiast. Thus, Tune Footwear was born.


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SKORA CORE Review

 Posted by on June 7, 2013  3 Responses »
Jun 072013
 
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It’s been almost a a year and a half since Skora burst onto the minimalist scene with the release of their original models, the Base and Form, becoming what can only be described as the “luxury car” of the minimalist shoe world. From their inspired “Run Real” campaign, to the beautiful design and quality construction of the shoes themselves, it wasn’t hard to see why people were willing to shell out almost $200 to get their hands on a pair, and the overwhelming consensus was that they were definitely worth the money. By the time the women’s models were finally released last August (about 7 months after the men’s), I was practically beside myself with excitement to get the chance to test out the Base model. Unfortunately, because my feet are quite narrow, the straps didn’t quite hold things in place well enough for me, and I struggled with uncomfortable rubbing on the balls of my feet.

Because I loved the overall fit, feel, and style of the Base, however, I wanted another shot at Skoras, and I thought a pair with laces would solve my rubbing problems by allowing me to better secure my feet. So, I was very happy to get the chance to test a pair of Skora’s new model, the Core, which is one of two new styles added to the Skora line this spring. Like the Form (reviewed by Steve), the Core’s upper is made of goat-leather, and it features similar design elements (e.g., asymmetrical lacing), but is somewhat less expensive ($155 relative to $185 for the Form). The $30 difference can be accounted for in several elements of the design, such as the lack of a velcro heel adjustment strap, simpler stitching/construction of the upper (in the Core), and differences in the material and structure of the soles. Despite being priced as a “lesser” shoe than the Form, though, the Core holds its own as a great (and in some ways better) minimalist running (and casual!) shoe, and it, along with the Phase, further solidify Skora’s position as one of the best minimalist shoe companies around today.


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Lems Boulder Boot Review

 Posted by on May 4, 2013  1 Response »
May 042013
 
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My Stem Primal Origins, which are the original shoes made by Lems (before they were even called Lems), remain one of my favorite shoes I have tested for Technically Running. They have held up remarkably well considering the hundreds of walking and running miles I’ve put on them. You can imagine, then, that when I heard Lems was going to be making a minimalist boot, I was over the moon. As a geologist, and as someone who just likes to be outdoors in general, I spend a lot of time camping and hiking, so a minimalist boot for hiking or just hanging out around camp has been on my wish-list for a while. Of course, there were a few options available that pre-dated the release of the Boulder Boot, but as soon as I heard Lems was making a boot, I just knew they would be the ones to do it right and make it worth the wait. Luckily, I was right! Much like my Stems, as soon as the Boulder Boots entered our apartment, they became one of my go-to shoes, and, despite being a boot, I expect to get a lot of mileage on them wearing them casually, as well as for hiking/camping. Continue reading »

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Merrell Trail Glove 2 Review

 Posted by on May 3, 2013  1 Response »
May 032013
 
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Before I start my review of the Trail Glove 2, I want to mention that when we are testing a shoe, we typically try to log between 30 and 50 miles on a pair before we write up our thoughts on it. I also want to admit that this has not been the case with the Trail Glove 2. In truth, these shoes have now been my close companions for over 100 miles of roads and trails. The only other shoe to get such a treatment was my Skora Forms. The problem (if you can call it that) is that I enjoy running in the Trail Glove 2s so much that I’ve had trouble taking them off to make time for my other shoes!  Of course, this is all for good reason. The Trail Glove 2 is a great shoe and has got to be one of the most talked about models in the minimalist market. Although I admit to not having any solid numbers or figures to back my previous statement up, I will note that nearly every minimalist runner I speak to who mentions the shoes they are running in brings up the Trail Glove (or Road Glove), either because they already own a pair or are interested in owning a pair, which clearly speaks to its popularity and quality. With that said, let’s start the review!

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