SKORA charged into the minimalist running shoe scene in late 2011 when it released the SKORA Base and SKORA Form, which were immediately met with both praise and skepticism by shoe nerds all over the web. Like most new running shoes, some hated the fit while others loved it, some loved the design while others thought they looked weirdly futuristic, and many scoffed at the price tag.
Born to Run has been a huge proponent of SKORA's unique products right from the start, as they are all lightweight, zero-drop shoes with an anatomical last that promote good running form. And that's what matters most to us!
Unfortunately, others have chosen to simply focus on the $185 price tag of the Form and then proceed to write off the brand as an elitist running shoe that's way too expensive for the average runner. If you happen to fall into this category and have avoided giving SKORA a chance, I'd like to introduce you to the new 2013 SKORA Phase, which just hit Born to Run's shelves and online store last week. It's priced at a more moderate $110, and may be the perfect opportunity for you to finally give this new brand a chance. Who knows, you may love them as much as we do!
We received our first shipment of the SKORA Phase on Thursday last week, so I was excited to take a pair out on Friday morning for a 7-mile tempo run around South Lake Union in Seattle. Here are my first impressions, with some specific comparisons to the SKORA Form.
If you're looking for a new minimalist road running shoe to add to your Spring rotation, I really recommend giving the SKORA Phase a try. They're light, flexible, extremely well made, priced at a more competitive $110, and they look good too! If you're anything like me, you'll be surprised when you find yourself cleaning off mud and dirt from the shoe so you can wear them out to dinner after your workout! To me, that's something that really separates SKORA from its competitors. I can't say that about any other running shoe I've ever owned.
For more product specifications and maufacturer pics, check out our product page for the SKORA Phase and consider ordering a pair for yourself today with free shipping anywhere in the United States. And if you're already running in the Phase, we want to hear what you think, so please leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
About the Author: Joshua Heckathorn is an avid rock climber, mountain runner, and co-owner of Born to Run. When not glued to the screen of his Mac, you'll find him running trails in the Issaquah Alps and scaling the Exit 38 crags. Current shoe rotation: Altra Superior, New Balance MT00, and SKORA Phase.