I wasn’t asked to do a review or was I provided any compensation. I simply was lucky enough to get my hands on these awesome shoes and given their uniqueness I really felt they deserved a review. Let me explain a bit as to how I acquired these nifty running shoes in the first place.
So back in the beginning of April, I was notified by Angela from happyfitmama.com that I was one of the winners of her #happyfitmarch Instagram challenge! My prize was a pair of Topo Athletic shoes and I could choose any pair that I wanted! To say that I was excited is an understatement! I really am not the lucky type and certainly have never won anything as fun as a pair of amazing running shoes!
My first task was picking out the pair I wanted. They sell five different types of athletic shoes. How’s a girl to decide?!?
• W-ST these are their only non-split toe option and are best for speed work
•W-RR these are split toe, super light-weight and have a closure system instead of laces meant to be used
•W-RT these are split toe with traditional laces and a zero-drop design
•W-RXthese are also split toe but meant more for cross training type workouts
•W-MT these are meant to be used for outdoor trail/mountain training and as a road shoe
So after contemplating back and forth over the W-ST and the W-RR (I usually cross train shoeless indoors and I don’t run many trails), I went with the W-RR (as if it wasn’t obvious enough from the title of the post).
Here is why I chose the W-RR:
-I liked the idea of trying out a shoe with a split toe
-The laceless and unique closure system was really appealing
-I really needed a good pair of running shoes for longer distances since I am going to be training for a half marathon
My next decision was to figure out what size to buy that would fit me best given the split toe design. After attempting measure my foot on a printable Brannock’s Device (uh yeah that was a nightmare), I just tried on my current size 7 running shoes and since there was a considerable amount of room left at the toes I decided to go down a half size to a 6.5. This turned out to be the right decision. Once I received them in the mail and tried them on they literally fit perfectly…not too tight and not too loose. They actually felt a bit like heaven.
This is what they looked like when they arrived in the mail:
And this is what these beauties look like when I tried them on for the first time:
Now that I knew they fit right and felt like heaven, I was anxious to take them out for a run. Full disclosure here; I was told they would be coming with a pair of the split toe socks when I ordered them. When my order arrived though, no split toe socks were to be found. I thought maybe since I was going to dive head first into this running thing that I would just embrace the no sock idea. Wasn’t a terrible idea but maybe not the best idea to do that while breaking in a brand new shoe…we will get to that later.
So back to the part where I take these beauties out for their first run! I was so excited just to get outside and see what these shoes were made of.
The weather was warm and I was feeling happy and energetic. I didn’t have any real plan when I set out on the run, just that I was going to run until I didn’t want to run anymore. I did decide to go a new route (one that I had driven before but never ran) and let me tell you, I ran. As I started out my journey, I ran with intention but not so fast that I couldn’t take in my surroundings and enjoy this beautiful day. With these shoes I felt like I was floating on air and as I went I took it all in and felt like I was discovering this route for the first time. So much so, that I took pictures as I went along.
Before I knew it I had run three miles, and guess what? I ran three more miles after that! I was certain when I finished that I must have been going at a 10 or 11 min/mile pace but when I checked my running summary when I was done I was surprised to learn how fast my pace actually was!
I couldn’t believe my eyes! A 9:19 mile/minute pace for six whole miles?!? That was nuts to me! Not only because I didn’t feel like I was going that fast but because I had never even ran more than 3.1 miles in a single run before! I can’t say for sure if it was the cup of coffee I had prior to my run, the beautiful weather, or these amazing running shoes that contributed but I have a strong feeling these shoes were a big part of it. They were absolutely comfortable and the split toe didn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I didn’t notice it at all and if you read their website the whole design of the split toe is meant to feel seamless and integrate with the biomechanics of your body and I think that is exactly how it felt.
As far as the whole no sock thing- I wouldn’t recommend breaking in new shoes on a six mile run with no socks on unless of course, you’re used to running sock-less. I did acquire some blisters from my successful six miler but I think that was contributed more to by my stupidness and less from the shoes. I am actually running a 10k this weekend and I can’t wait to wear them and see how they perform. I will be sure to write up a post on it and update this post if I can think of anything valuable to add!
Thanks for reading my review and happy running! 🙂
Have you ever tried a Topo Athletic shoe? What design would you have picked?