Stuck on what to decide for a marathon shoe? Experience the lighter side of endurance running with the Skora Phase-X.
Zero drop with comfort and reflective enough for the dead of night, the Skora Phase-X is great for forefoot running because of its zero drop design, wide toe box, super flexibility and lightness.
The Phase-X can be used on the track and roads and is durable enough for long distances (i.e. ultramarathons) and trail races.
Skora Phase-X Review for Forefoot Running
The Phase-X is lighter than the ONE, however the outsole is thicker than the Vibram Fivefingers, Vivobarefoot and Merrell Vapor Glove, but it is thin enough to help you with your forefoot strike.
The Phase-X also fits similar to the original Phase, but the X has more cushioning around the ankle to prevent blistering for when you are sockless.
More Natural Fit All Around
The lacing system on the Phase-X is angled, helping relieve strain on the top of the forefoot. The upper also breathes very well.
The heel of the Phase-X gives a more rounded feel, which helps encourage natural rearfoot motions intended to attenuate impact during forefoot running.
Other Notable Features of the Skora Phase-X:
- D-width forefoot
- found to improve compartment syndrome and plantar fasciitis
- 11 mm outsole
- comes with a 3 mm removable insole
- can be worn with or without socks
- protective rubber toe bumper
- more padded than most barefoot running shoes
- asymmetrical tongue helps it stay in place
- the entire shoe is mostly made of reflective materials, making night-time running safer
- very sturdy and durable upper
- wide toe box –great for bunion sufferers!
Overall, the Skora Phase-X is ideal for forefoot runners who like lots of cushioning. The cushioning is thin enough however, to stimulate a stronger foot and allows your forefoot strike to be easily sustainable.
Unfortunately, the Skora Phase-X is no longer available, however the next best alternative to the shoe is the Lems Primal 2!
If you’ve enjoyed this review, you’ll love my other reviews of forefoot running shoes here.
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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.