|My new, bright white, Airia One shoes|
So lets start with the basics. It feels pretty light weight, like most racing shoes. The sides are basically a light mesh to allow plenty of airflow to those hot sweaty feet and probably help reduce the stinkiness of your shoes after training. They have a sole made by Vibram, who you should have heard of - they are the ones who make the barefoot running 'shoes'. The ones I were sent a bright white, which is not my favourite colour in a shoe given the amount of mud I always seem to attract on a run, with orangey details on the sides. Some people might like the simplicity of the design. I would prefer bright neon pink though or luminous yellow. I'm weird like that.
|Observe the skyward pointing toes|
It does say that you are supposed to get at least 6 miles on the shoes before you make a judgement on them. Having done 3 tonight I have to say that running in them feels hard work because I'm used to landing on my heels and rolling forward. These shoes make that feel completely unnatural though. I know because I tried on purpose to land like I normally would, and it just doesn't feel right.It feels a lot more natural to land on mid foot and roll forward. This type of motion is, according to a lot of running articles, associated with fasted running times and is probably how Airia thinks it's going to make you faster. Please note that if you want to have a go at changing your running style, it should be attempted with a lot of care and preferably the guidance of an experienced running coach so as to avoid injury.
The big question I am sure you will all want to know is did the shoes actually make me faster? I can't answer that for sure just yet. Yes I did run a 5k at 10:13/mi which is quite speedy for me. However I can't conclusively say it was the shoes, as it's not unheard of for me to run that speed over short distances, regardless of what shoe I'm wearing. The proof will be how fast I race in long distance runs, and I have been asked to race long distance in them and then evaluate them based on that. But I couldn't wait, so I'm doing a 2 part review. My initial observations can be found here and then part two will be posted in July after completing my next half marathon in them, which will be the black county half marathon.
Do I think they will make a difference? Honestly, if I can get used to running in these shoes, then I think (and hope, and pray) that I may just beat my pb. Keep your eyes peeled for part two of this review.