Okay. I have a confession to make.
I do things without thinking. I use things without doing research. I jump in head first and don’t look back. In some ways, it’s a strength of mine. In other ways, it’s a hindrance. In this particular instance, though, it made me feel like a freaking genius.
Let’s back up a bit…
When I got the new Saucony Virratas in the mail, I just threw them on and started prancing around the living room. No, seriously. I feel like the word “prancing” was invented for that exact moment. I was absolutely thrilled with them. The way they looked. The way they felt. Everything.
I immediately told Ryne that they felt like my other favorite running shoes but with more cushion. I actually bought a pair of really cushioned shoes a while back, and they were just too much. I wear them occasionally because I hate wasting money, but I don’t like them. I love my more minimalist shoes, but I could definitely use something a bit plusher for my long runs.
I also mentioned that I could tell they were
forcing politely urging me to lay off my heal striking tendencies. It was a really odd sensation, but I could tell it was happening for a reason. It felt like my shoes were grabbing my feet and helping them land. I know, it sounds weird, but it’s amazing.
To sum it up, I thought they were pretty bad ass.
Then I decided to look them up and do a little research. My first impressions of the shoes actually lined up with their intended purpose. Now I feel like I’m a shoe expert. When in reality, it’s just the shoes that are brilliant.
The Virrata is a zero drop shoe, meaning it has a 0 mm offset. If that is still too much “runner speak” (it is for me), then I’ll explain. Basically, it helps you run the way you were naturally intended to do so. For me, it keeps me from striking the ground with my heel like I’m trying to rip into the concrete. If you have specific running-related issues like I do, this might be the shoe for you. (Of course, you should always ease into a new style of running shoe or you might hate yourself the next day.)
The shoe is also super lightweight (6 ounces) and extremely flexible. I tend to love shoes like this. I hate feeling like I just laced a brick onto my foot. I’m such a redneck that I tend to not wear shoes on a regular basis, so running in somewhat minimalist conditions just suits me. Seriously, I’ve mentioned this before, but I forget my shoes when I leave places. I’m that used to being barefoot. It’s kind of a problem.
Other bonuses: perfectly thin but comfortable padding, breathable mesh, true-to-size fit, and an thin tongue. Okay, so the last one just might be a personal preference, but I loathe shoes with thick, annoying tongues that slide around on top of my foot. I like “slipper-like” shoes. Please tell me I’m not alone in this.
You can tell that a lot went into the design of the shoe, from the fit to the aesthetics. Speaking of the aesthetics: would I wear an ugly shoe? Yes. But with the Saucony Virrata, I don’t have to. Lucky me, right?
Oh, and remember how I said you should ease into new shoes? Well, I didn’t. I ran seven miles, albeit very slowly, on the first “test run”.
I’m happy to report that I felt awesome after the run. No complaints here. Of course, I’ll have to continue to test these bad boys out, but I can honestly say that I’m smitten. I think Saucony just found another loyal member of their fan club. Now that I’ve talked your ears off, why don’t you head on over to the website and #findyourstrong, too?
Question: Have you tried a zero drop shoe before? Would you want to? I seriously thought it was just another “trend”. I can see now that, for me at least, there are real benefits to this kind of shoe.
*Disclaimer: I received these shoes for free to test and review as a FitFluential Ambassador. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*