I have an obsession with shoes. Not your typical high heels and boots obsession (although those are nice too!) I’m talking running shoes. You should see all the pairs I own right now. It’s almost embarrassing. The thing about it though, is I am also PICKY about my shoes. I may own a lot of pairs, but most of them end up being cross training shoes. There are only a few I will actually RUN in. From the moment I put on my new Virrata’s from Saucony, I knew these were going to be “running shoes.” I was actually out of town when they came in mail. My husband texted me a photo of them and I instantly told him to put them in his suitcase and bring them with him! (He was meeting me a couple days later).
The Virrata is Saucony’s lightest and most flexible training shoe. This shoe is super light (6 ounces!) Amazingly flexible, but also cushioned to protect you from the road. This shoe has a 0mm heel drop, and is very breathable and quick drying.
So all of that stuff is of course great to know (and important!) But let’s talk about these cool colors. I LOVE brightly colored running shoes. Who says you have to look boring when you are running? I would definitely call these shoes a “touch of sass” to add to your running gear.
I have not been running in zero drop shoes, so I wanted to make sure I safety transitioned. I started out just walking around in them, and then took them on a two mile run. Not going to lie, my calves were very sore after and during the run, but it got much better with each run. Now I can run three miles in them with no tightness or soreness.
Something I really love about these shoes is how I can “feel the road” underneath me when I am running, while still having some cushion. I have very high arches and I overpronate, so I never wanted to go into barefoot running, so the virrata is the perfect mix of flexibility and cushion for this girl. My feet feel so light and like I really am flying, it’s a great speed shoe for sure.
I haven’t taken them on anything longer than 3 miles yet, but I am hoping to build up my mileage in them, but I can definitely attest to the fact that they are an amazing short distance shoe! If you are looking for something with a 0mm drop but don’t want to go totally minimalist, this is the shoe for you.
Be sure to follow the hashtags #Virrata and #FindYourStrong on Twitter to hear more about these shoes.
Disclosure: I was provided this product for review from Fitfluential and Saucony. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
QOTD: Have you ever run in zero drop shoes? What are your thoughts on such a light flexible shoe?