Heads up runners and run commuters!
The three of us here at TRC headquarters were given three different pairs of SKORA running shoes to review for you, so we will be testing them out over the next few weeks and posting a detailed, three-person review, so you will have all of the information you’ll need to make an informed decision before buying some for yourself.
Here were some of our initial thoughts after opening them up and briefly trying them out:
The cushioning was minimal and firm, but comfortable.
The Forms fit very well. The nearest comparable shoe-feel that I’ve experienced is the New Balance MR10’s.
Though I was given a size 11 of the red shoes (Phase), I can still comfortably fit into the size 10 black Form. SKORA says their shoes run true to size, but I think they run quite long. I did notice that the size 10 didn’t feel very wide, which is a trend with most minimal, zero drop shoes.
The shoes fit my feet like well-protected socks. I didn’t notice any pressure points, most likely because they contoured/moulded to the foot so evenly.
Other than sizing differences, these fit well. My heel sits perfectly in the back and feels locked down, and the footbed is contoured almost perfectly to my foot. Interestingly, the removable insole has little bumps all over it. It struck me as of until I remembered reading a study where scientists found that small bumps on the insole of shows can help improve the wearer’s proprioception and balance. I wonder if that would affect people while running though.
The stitching and seams on the Forms are top-notch and appear very durable.
I love the asymmetrical lacing, it’s yet another aspect of these sites that gives a great fit.
The leather is soft and reminds me of some of the better soccer cleats I wore in my playing days, though I find it funny that those companies almost completely replaced real leather with faux leather years ago.