For the last year+, I’ve been on a quest. For what? The perfect running shoe.
When I started wearing minimalist shoes, I found that I run too heavy and on too much pavement to run major mileage with little or no cushion. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Vibrams and my Pace Gloves, but my feet and calves were not at all enamored of them once I started half marathon training. My trashed feet at the end of last spring’s half convinced me I needed to find a new solution.
I decided I needed a cushioned, zero drop shoe.
Apparently Saucony was listening and designed the Virrata with me in mind.
From the Saucony website:
The Virrata is our lightest and most flexible training shoe and allows your foot to move naturally. We removed everything that isn’t helping your run improve. What remains is a feather-light, ultra flexible shoe with advanced cushioning that promotes a powerful stride and allows your foot to move the way it was meant to. Built on a 0mm offset, this shoe lets your feet do the work while providing plenty of protection from the road. The breathable mesh upper makes the shoe incredible lightweight and quick-drying to run in wet weather conditions.
I gave these shoes a run for their money. I wore them for three of the five half marathons: the first day on packed dirt/gravel, the third day on asphalt, and the fifth day on trails. I’ve continued to wear them at home where I train almost exclusively on pavement.
Verdict? I love them!
They are super light weight, but still cushiony. They performed well on all of the surfaces. I had zero issues with them in any of the races. Considering I’d only run a few 5-7 mile runs in them before the trip, I’d say that’s pretty impressive. Now my biggest problem is deciding which color to buy next.
Disclaimer: I bought these shoes because I wanted them. All opinions are my own. (And I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t commit to just one shoe. Stay tuned for reviews of some of the other shoes in my stable.)