Skora Fit Review

If you are looking for a super durable, wide and warm minimalist running shoe for forefoot running, you’ll want to stick around for my Skora Fit review.

The Skora Fit has a thin, highly flexible, yet incredibly durable outsole that helps you maintain your forefoot strike, and at the same time, protects your feet from sharp hazards on the ground.

Skora Fit Review

Skora Fit Review

Surprisingly, the Skora Fit is very light-weight considering the high degree of durability of the outsole. Further, the finely perforated 3D-printed air-mesh upper allows for adequate air inflow. The outsole is also very responsive, injecting more spring to your stride which in turn, may increase stride frequency and flight time.

skora fit forefoot running shoe
Studies have found that increased flight time is associated with less force production and joint loads.

Another important aspect of the shoe is the wide toe-box. If you have wide feet, you should be running in the Skora Fit. A wide toe-box is essential in forefoot running. The toes need as much room as possible to spread out thereby improving force distribution as well as balance control.

skora fit lacing
Most running shoes have a vertical lacing system placement (left). The Skora Fit has a diagonal lacing system placement which may relieve strain from the forefoot (right).

A unique feature of the Skora Fit is the diagonal placement of the lacing system, which I think may prevent the painful condition, top of foot pain.

Top of foot pain is characterized by localized swelling typically around the 2nd metatarsal head. In many cases, this condition is a result of laces that are pulled too tight. However, the lacing configuration of the Skora Fit may help prevent the occurrence of top of foot pain since the lacing system travels towards the outer-side of the foot.

The Skora Fit is a zero-drop shoe with little cushioning under the heel which is great because the lack of heel protection helps discourage a heel strike landing pattern.

skora fit forefoo strike running

The racing-flat design of the Skora Fit allowed me to maintain my forefoot strike landing pattern. I always found that the less underfoot material of a shoe, the better the chances of nailing a forefoot-midfoot strike landing.

Great for Partial and Full Minimalist Runners

There seems to be two types of minimalist runners: full-minimalist runners who prefer the Vibram Five Fingers and partial-minimalist runners who prefer a zero drop shoe with cushioning.

The Skora Fit accommodates to both groups of runners as the removable insole  gives you the option of going partially minimal or fully minimal.

For me, I am a full-minimalist runner and found the insole of the Skora Fit to be too cushioning. Removing the insole gave me the full-minimalist experience, very comparable to the Vibram Fingers Fingers, but with a tad more comfort.

 A Great Transition Shoe to Barefoot Running

A spike in running-related injuries is evident in shod-heel strike runners who abruptly transition to barefoot running. Insufficient periods of adaptation is a major contributor to the increase in injuries.

However, the level of comfort coupled with the barefoot-inspired construct of the Skora Fit, may be ideal for shod-heel strikers to ‘ease’ into barefoot running safely.

skora fit for barefoot running transitioners
The Skora Fit has a zero heel-to-toe differential, encouraging a natural foot strike landing of a forefoot-midfoot strike rather than a heel strike landing which produces greater impact and joint torque.

Be sure to check out my other reviews on minimalist footwear for forefoot running.

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Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches

P.S. Don't forget to check out the Run Forefoot Facebook Page, it's a terrific place to ask questions about forefoot running, barefoot running and injury. I'm always happy to help!

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