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SKORA Reviews

Phase
Phase Posted: 6/10/14
Reviewer: Josh Wilcox from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Absolutely fantastic, minimal, zero drop, zero arch, flexible soled shoes. I've worn them casually. I've run in them. I hope they hold up well, because I'm thrilled! Fluorescent red isn't my first color choice for anything, but overall the shoes look nice.

Core
Core Posted: 5/30/14
Reviewer: jr from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've tried lots of minimal shoes over the past 5 or so years, and I'd say the Core is probably in my top 5, maybe top 3, best shoes of all time: * Zero drop. Lots of shoemakers that were on the minimal bandwagon have gone back to producing shoes with a raised heel. Zero drop, in my experience, is a key aspect of a good shoe. * Reasonable stack height. With lots of shoe makers going back to 20+mm stack heights, Skora keeps it reasonable. Without the insoles, this shoe is 8mm, just about right to offer a little bit of cushion and protection while still keeping you low enough to the ground for proper form. * Great flexibility. The upper and outsole of this shoe have some decent structure to them but still the shoe remains very flexible in all directions. * Nice materials. The leather upper is amazingly high quality, and keeps getting better with break in. The outsole rubber is just right: firm enough to offer some protection and durability, but soft enough to be flexible and offer good ground feel. * Nice width. The forefoot, though it looks narrow, is actually decently wide. The feel through the midfoot and into the heel is just right. * Great versatility. I like a shoe that I can use for road and trail, long and short, etc. This is one of the few shoes I've found that can do it all. I can wear these sockless, no insole, with a sock, sock and insole, etc. depending on how much cushion or protection I need for the specific run. I do find the fit better (i.e. looser) without the insole. * Lightweight. This shoe weighs a lot less than I'd expect it to given the leather and reasonably dense outsole. They've left out most of the silly padding that so many shoes are sporting now: thank you! A few minor negatives: * Breathability is decent but suffers a bit because, well, the upper is leather. Kind of hard to fault the shoe for that, and it isn't a deal killer. * Rounded heel. I don't necessarily dislike this, but it takes some getting used to. With good form, though, you don't notice it at all when running. * Style. I know some people like neon and wacky colors. I wish there was a simpler color scheme available when I got mine (gray but with the silver heel and the neon green sole). Not a huge deal, I don't buy shoes for fashion, but I like them so much that I'd probably wear them even more (as a casual shoe) if they came in... black.

Core
Core Posted: 5/12/14
Reviewer: Sarah Beth Houser from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Really love these shoes! I have worn these for both trail and road. I think the goat leather holds up great on the trail and they clean up so easily. I have used them for long distance runs and they had a very comfortable ride. Good support and cushioning. The leather is very soft and plush - I was afraid to wear them and mess them up! But I am really happy with the shoe. Style-wise, they are beautiful shoes and I love the colors.

Core
Core Posted: 5/9/14
Reviewer: Laura from Killeen, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are an amazing running shoe by Skora. I wear them for more than just running though. I wear them for CrossFit, for strength training session in the gym, I've worn them hiking, and so far I've worn them on two continents. :) They travel with me wherever I go, and that's a lot of places! This minimal shoe helps to correct poor run form (when running) and is ridiculously durable! It has a lifespan probably longer than a human! You won't have to worry about hitting the 100 mile mark with these shoes, you can run at least 10 times that before even looking at the sole for wear! Now that you've heard about the fit, just check out the styling. I love the side lacing. This really helps me because I have a high arch and normal lacing always irritates that top bone in my foot, not with these!

Form
Form Posted: 5/9/14
Reviewer: Laura from Killeen, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are my favorite running shoes! Seriously! I'm training for a half marathon and despite being a shoe hoarder, these are the ones I grab every time! They last for years. Well beyond the typical 100 miles lifespan of running shoes, 10 times that or more. These have more support/cushion than other Skora models so I find for long runs, especially on pavement, that I really like that extra oomph. I did put "no arch support" because these are a minimal/barefoot style running shoe. The toebox is roomy so you don't have squished toes and your feet can hit the ground as they are meant to. These shoes help to retrain you to run with correct form. I can't say enough positive things about these (other than they need more color combos, and the mens should go down to size 6.5 so I can order their color schemes too!)

Phase-X
Phase-X Posted: 5/9/14
Reviewer: Laura from Killeen, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are a must have for people who run early morning or late at night. Your feet literally come alive in the Phase-X! They are like glo worms! As someone who runs long before the sun even comes up, I truly appreciate the safety feature built into these fabulous shoes! I selected "no arch support" because these are minimal style shoes, there isn't a lot of padding/cushion. They help to encourage you to run they way that you are supposed to, with correct form. They come with an insole that can be worn either in the shoe or taken out and worn without it. I have several pairs of Skoras and these I do wear with socks.

Phase
Phase Posted: 5/6/14
Reviewer: Nathan from Fort Lauderdale
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Phase are the ultimate minimalist shoes! They are versatile and comfortable, I have worn them from distances starting at the mile all the way to 26.2 and a trail 25k in between. Unbelievable ground feel and flexibility and durable to boot, I have almost 700 miles on one pair! These are definite must haves!

Phase
Phase Posted: 5/6/14
Reviewer: Bryan Lamb from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a spectacular looking shoe that is very, very fast on the ground. I use the Phase for all of my shorter races and training days where I'm doing speed work. It's low to the ground but has an incredible feel while running. A great, performance driven shoe. The off center lacing system hugs the foot tightly, providing a comfortable feel that makes the shoe seem like it's not even there. As with all Skora shoes - the shoe is incredibly durable - which gives it good value since it will outlast other running shoes.

Core
Core Posted: 5/6/14
Reviewer: Bryan Lamb from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

An outstanding shoe that screams quality as soon as you open the box. The upper of the shoe molds to your foot which creates a perfect fit that is ultra comfortable. In addition, the shoe is incredibly versatile as it feels at home on the road, the trail, or even the treadmill. Outside of running, the shoe can work very well with casual clothing (provided you have the right colorway, of course). It is a very durable and long lasting shoe (I have friends who have put hundreds upon hundreds of miles on these shoes) that is worth every penny you pay for it and then some. NOTE: The review is going to mark this as "poor support" - but that's not really the case. This shoe is a minimalistic shoe - and the entire point is for it to not be "built up" so much. It's NOT a negative.

Phase
Phase Posted: 5/6/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The only reason I gave this a 4/5 stars for Style is because I don't quite wear them casually because I'm not much of a flo red and jeans guy (that's what the grey Phase X is for), but love to wear these for my shorter and easier runs. I think having a very minimal option strengthens my feet and improves my running form. I also like to race in them because they are so light and look fast!

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