I have been looking at showcasing a minimalistic running shoe on my channel. The folks at SKORA make some really cool and innovative shoes and they were nice enough to send me a pair of their Phase X shoes to review. I am not a runner per say but I love the idea of minimalistic footwear and I own several pairs of UL minimal footwear like Vibram 5 Fingers and some UL minimal sandals too.
What makes SKORA unique is a few things. The idea behind “Real Running” is running how nature intended — efficient, effective and with ease. As the foot strikes the ground, contact is made in the middle of the foot, not at the heel. Running with a whole-foot gait results in less impact energy and force shock transmitted through the body than compared to the heel strike gait favored by conventional running shoes (built with large amounts of cushioning, support and a thicker heel).
SKORA has what they call their RealFit™ design and that means that the shoe mirrors the foot for maximum comfort.
Encourages natural movement
Here is a little more information from the website:
From treadmill training to strength training, PHASE helps you take your workout to the next level. A breathable mesh upper and low-profile outsole combine for a shoe that’s incredibly lightweight and flexible. PHASE offers unmatched ground feel, without sacrificing protection and durability. Maximum performance with minimum weight.
- Lightweight, minimal and breathable
- Seamless (no-sew) upper reduces weight and minimizes hot-spots
- Antimicrobial insole helps fight odor
- Zero-drop construction lets the foot move naturally
- Asymmetric, no-tongue design reduces pressures on top of foot
- IBR outsole provides incredible ground feel without sacrificing protection
- Amazing reflective technology