This section is a review of cushioned forefoot running shoes with minor stability elements such as arch supports, but are still light weight and flexible.
The Musha 3 is a highly durable running shoe and is great for long runs, speed work, and short to long distance races. The shoe offers some support (minor arch support) without the added weight. For cushioning, some wear-testers reported the Musha’s were comfy while others said they lacked cushioning and felt stiff.
The Musha’s are light weight and the upper mesh is extremely breathable! The toe box is relatively wide allowing the toes to spread out. Overall, the Musha’s are low-profiled, sleek, and certainly tough, great for marathoners.
The Musha 2′s are different from the Musha 3′s in that they have a thicker outsole and heel, but they are exceptionally light in weight. I like how they are compact looking yet roomy and durable like the Musha 3′s.
I would not consider these a minimalist shoe because of the thick heel; however the heel to toe differential is quite minimal and they are light as most minimalist shoes.
The toe box is wider than most racing flats, they are very roomy yet provide the right amount of snug at the heel and around the shoe tongue. The lacing placement is great so there’s no tightness around the top of the foot.
The Musha 2′s are for mild over-pronators. They lack arch support which is perfect for strengthening the feet. Nonetheless, they are great for forefoot running, and for all distances.
The downfall is the Light Run is clunky and the heel is thick and quite flared. Despite the clunkiness, they are surprisingly light weight and responsive, almost ‘springy-like’. In fact, the most popular comment from wear-testers was the lightness of the shoe. Lastly, you don’t want a shoe with an outsole and a heel any thicker than the Blade Light Run!
The FAAS 250 is super light, low profiled, very responsive, and very flexible. The FAAS 250s are well cushioned making for a comfy ride – you get a nice road surface feel. Also, the FAAS 250 is more flexible and lighter in weight than the shoes listed above. As for the upper, it’s very thin and breathable, yet durable.
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