Shoe Review: Saucony Kinvara

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.

Saucony Kinvara
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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About Sheryl

New mama, runner on the mend, crafter, DIYer, Harry Potter fanatic, dreamer, coffee guzzler, rescue mom to 3 crazy pups.

4 thoughts on “Shoe Review: Saucony Kinvara

  1. I just found your blog, and after reading your About Me section I think we could be running BFFs. Your running story is so very similar to mine – waking up one day saying, “I’m gonna be a runner”, committing yourself to a race that you may or may not be able to do when it rolls around, not being the fastest runner on the block (I myself am a “slow and steady”, 12 minute/mile pace, kind of girl). It’s so refreshing to know that not everyone is crazy fast marathon runner and that there are people out there like me who like to run just to run, not to win. I will definitely be checking back in!! :)

    – Kerry

  2. @Melissa – LOL I can’t either! =) I always say it wrong!

    @Kerry – awww thank you so much, Kerry! I totally agree with you. It seems that most blogs I read are people who are speedy runners. Sometimes it can feel a bit lonely being one of the few tortoises. I’ll def be following you, too! Us tortoises gotta stick togher (=

  3. YAY! Soon you shall be running in Frodo shoes (aka Vibram Five Fingers). Glad you liked running in them. Just remember to take it easy in these shoes as they do not have the sort of “support” that other shoes offer; i.e., you actually have to land correctly and pay attention to your gait with these shoes :)

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