So, I really didn’t need a new pair of shoes. I still have the Nike Lunar Glides (the ones I won from Nike) and I have the Nike Vomeros, both of them are still well under 200 miles a piece. Unfortunately, I’m not entirely happy with either shoe. I really miss my Asics Gel Nimbus 9. They were my dream shoes! I loved how they fit my foot like a glove. I haven’t been able to find a shoe that has come close to them at all.
Enter the Saucony Kinvara.
Raciel ran the LA Marathon in the Kinvara this year and totally raved about them. I was definitely curious to try them out. And as luck would have it, the first gen went on sale around the time I started looking because the second gen was coming out. woo hoo!
So, a little bit about the Kinvara. They’re considered a minimalist shoe, but not quite a hard core minimalist shoe. There’s still a good amount of cushioning, just not as much as traditional running shoes. Because there isn’t a lot of “stuff” there, they’re uber light. Seriously… it feels like you’re wearing slippers! The only downside is that the toebox runs fairly narrow and I gots me some wide hobbit feet, so I ended up ordering the men’s version (per Raciel’s rec) and they ended up being just perfect =)
I took the Kinvara out for a set of speedwork last week, and I totally dug them! I love how there’s not much to the upper so it envelopes your feet like a pair of gloves. I love the squishy triangle blocks at the bottom. They grip the ground nicely and makes them pretty responsive. I give these shoes two thumbs up! I might be ordering another pair just cause they are such a great deal right now.
If you’re interested in trying out new shoes, you should check out the Saucony Kinvara, especially now that the first gen is on sale!
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