In nearly a year of running, I’ve religiously stuck to the same shoe I was fitted with last July, a bit skeptical when it comes to trying new running shoes, especially ones that are considered “light.” After hearing horror stories from my beau and friends that had new pains and soreness after running in “minimalist shoes,” I was hesitant but defiant…. would these shoes be my glass slipper or would I be hobbling with new aches and pains after a mile?
The new Saucony Virrata’s are a gorgeous shoe- the colors are eye catching and the design is sleek. I was in love with the look and feel of the shoe- plus the light design (seriously these shoes only weigh 6.5 ounces!) but had no idea how they would feel on. When I laced them up for last Saturday’s 5k, Finish Chelsea’s Run, I knew I’d have my chance.
I ran my 3.1 miles and was surprised at how comfortable they were- don’t we buy shoes with more padding in order to make our gait feel more bouncy? This shoe has less cushion and felt more responsive. I didn’t experience any new pains from the Saucony Virrata, a minimalist shoe, nor the same day or the day after. I have a tendency to strike at the toe and the lightness of the shoes facilitated my natural step and roll, I was smitten. It doesn’t hurt that I looked adorbs and am in LOVE with the colors on this gorgeous shoe!
All in all, I’m in love with the Saucony Virratas – they’re pretty to wear, pretty light on the foot and were pretty fun to run in! I think with this shoe, you’ll want to build up your mileage, starting with 1-3 miles, then working your way up to longer mileage so you can adjust. I was surprised at how natural these felt on- I am a toe striker with normal pronation and wear neutral shoes, I didn’t think anything else could feel as good.