Saucony Virrata Review

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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  1. No I haven’t. My physio has said to me that some of the main reason he gets so much business is from some of those lighter shoes really not giving people enough support so I’ve been reluctant to deviate from what I know works for me which is Brooks runners.

  2. I love the bright colors of shoes coming out lately! great review!

  3. I’d love to try a light flexible show like that. I’ve never ran in 0mm shoes, I switched from 12mm to 8mm about a year ago and my next round of running sneakers I’d like to go down to 4mm and see how that feels. I’m nervous about making the switch too quickly!

  4. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says

    i’ve read a lot of good things about these shoes. am definitely considering trying a pair. love how flexible and light they are!

  5. Those look awesome! I tried to do the minimalist thing with Nike Frees. I wasn’t aware that the numbers (Free 3.0, 5.0) were actually the level of cushion! I meant to go to a running store last time I was home, just to get fitted and find a good pair. For now I’m comfy in Nike Lunarglide 4 🙂 My THREE (sigh, don’t judge me haha) pairs of Frees are now cross training/ walking around DIsney park shoes 😀

  6. The shoes look great! I’ve been curious about the zero drop shoes and would love to give them a try for sure.

  7. I’ve never tried zero drop shoes but I must admit those are very pretty. I get fitted at the running store by the same person every time I buy new running shoes and he has never suggested any brand of zero drop shoes for me.

  8. I also have high arches and over-pronate, so I’m not interested in the minimal shoes at all. The ASICS line I wear has a very purple shoe with neon green and hot pink trim. If those are still on the market in the Fall when I start my Disney training, I’ll get those.

  9. I love the colors!!! I have never tried shoes like that. I have sorta funky legs (my right femur is rotated inward and my tib/fib are rotated out. It’s actually pretty common evidently) so I walk on the outside of my feet BIG time! So I stick with shoes that help to balance everything out better and help prevent injury!

  10. I’ve been wondering about these shoes – I have a high arch and overpronate also. Might have to give them a try – they sure look awesome!

  11. I think they are so pretty!!! Love the bright colors! I’ve never run in zero drop shoes. I’m too scared I will get injured. :-/

  12. I also have high arches and overpronate so I assumed a minimalist shoe would never work for me — nice to hear that you like these! I may have to try them out!

  13. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas says

    I love my Altra zero drop shoes that I got at the Runner’s World races but they’re not my favorite for running because I do roll my right ankle in pretty hard. But the flat surface is great for so many things. The sauconys are so colorful. I love them 🙂

  14. Never tried zero drop shoes. I use Motion Control with a lot of cushioning so it makes me a little nervous to even look at them. Those Suconys though, are definitely “you”. Enjoy!

  15. LOVE those colors. My current other shoes (Kinvaras) are also really low drop ( 4mm), so I feel that these could be a decent transition. Saucony just know show to suck me in with fun colors!

    Great review, looking forward to seeing how you do on longer runs with them!

  16. Minimalist shoes are not for me, but these sure are pretty!

  17. I LOVE zero drop shoes! I have a very neutral foot, so they work really well for me. I tend to get terrible shin splints with anything else?! Right now I am loving my Newton MV2’s (I am on my second pair). I, too, as obsessed with running shoes, and own probably more pairs than anyone would ever need! But I am always looking for a new *cute* pair!! Going to try this out!! Thanks for the review!

  18. I also just got a pair, and I LOVE the Virratas – I was surprised at how well my over-pronating feet liked them, and I’m glad to hear you had a great experience, too! Plus, compared to the price I normally pay for shoes, these were a steal! 🙂

  19. LOVE those shoes! SO cute!

  20. Love my Brooks Pure Cadence 2 which is a minimal shoe. Actually ran the Chicago Marathon in the Pure Cadence and the WDW Half. Totally changes how I run for the better.
    Those shoes are cool! LOVE the colors!

  21. I’m so nervous to go to a lighter shoe. I love my Brooks and I hunt down the old Defyance 4’s because I’m scared to even switch to a newer model of shoe. But, I know my running style and stride has changed now that I take running seriously and I do need to shop for new shoes. I may have to see if these are a right fit for me!

  22. Definitely smart to transition into them… I’m doing the same. It is a different “feel” than what I am used to, but it is helping me to focus on a stronger and more natural foot plant.

  23. Awesome review! I ran Goofy in my Altra Instincts (1.0 & 1.5) and felt great after (as great as you can feel post Goofy). I transitioned to zero drops with Saucony Kinvaras and have never looked back. It took some time to change my strike point but the adjustment was well worth it. I’ll give the shoes a shot!

  24. Great review 🙂

  25. I’ve never purchased a pair of Saucony running shoes before. I ususally wear Asics, but these look and sound amazing! I am definitely checking them out!

  26. LOVE the bright colors of these shoes! Glad you found something you like that works well for you!

  27. I think I would really love these shoes. Next purchase – decided.

  28. Love the shoes and the review! The colors are my favorite part!

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