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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