Friday, February 22, 2013

#FindYourStrong in Zero Drop Love-Saucony Virrata Review

I have never been one to hide my love of Saucony sneakers....I mean really look at my blog header!  However, I have always tended...ok never strayed from the same model of shoe.  This past summer I made a daring jump to the Saucony Kinvara and was pleasantly surprised at how comfy a more minimalist shoe could be.  Fast forward to this week and the arrival of this at my front door.

A brand spankin new pair of Saucony Virratas!  Out of the box my first reaction was that these sneakers were clearly made for me!

Hot pink and black...welcome to just about my entire running wardrobe!  They come in a few other colors too if you aren't digging the neon dream I so clearly love!

Holding these bad boys you can help but be surprised at how incredibly light they are...just 6oz(women's) and 6.5oz(men's)...and flexible!
I mean really when was the last time you folded your running shoe in half?  Yeah why would you!  The shoes came at the perfect time since I had just put dinner in the oven and was heading downstairs in an attempt to sneak in some miles.  Immediatly they jumped out of the box and onto my feet!  Initial thoughts were...Oh Saucony you never let me down!  These shoes are not only amazingly light but so comfy!  The have the right mix of cushion and minimalism in this zero drop shoe!  I have worn them for all my shorter runs (since I was nervous to get used to them which really has not been an issue) and they feel awesome!  I barely feel like there is anything on my feet and I'm happy to see this sight in the morning...

Here's the skinny on the new Saucony Virrata....
  • They are a zero drop shoe.  Yes I needed to look this up since I wasn't certain what that meant! For those of you like me but don't want to admit it, here is the definition... Zero Droprefers to the thickness of the sole which features a heel that is less than a half inch in height, allowing the forefoot and heel to be the same distance from the ground. This allows for natural running experience in which footfalls are in the mid to forefoot area instead of the unfavorable heel strike.  Yes this shoe helps your feet do their job!!!  I love the description from the website: Stripped down to strong. The Virrata is our lightest and most flexible training shoe and allows your foot to move naturally. We removed everything that isn’t helping your run improve. What remains is a feather-light, ultra flexible shoe with advanced cushioning that promotes a powerful stride and allows your foot to move the way it was meant to.
  • While they are light as can be they have just the right cushion to hug your feet and give you protection from the road.  A big difference I noticed from the Kinvara is the cushion!  Love it!
  • The internal fabric is made from Hydromax which is a moisture wicking fabric keeping your feet dry.  The mesh is a little chilly but I love that my feet stay nice and dry!
  • They ring in at $90 which for me is a great price for a running shoe!  
  • Just a note...I would order a half size up.  I normally wear a size 7 but I ordered a half size up after reading reviews and it was a perfect fit!
So yes...I'm sold and more than excited to add these to the rotation of Sauconys in my house! 
Have you ever run in zero drop shoe?  What has been your thoughts?  How do you #FindYourStrong?
Disclamier:  I was provided a pair of Saucony Virrata for the purpose of a review through FitFluential.  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 


  1. those are pretty! I have never run in a zero drop, but I keep thinking of trying them. I love how crazy flexible the shoes are.

  2. I dont think I have ever worn a zero drop sneaker but boy oh boy, I do want to try those!!!

  3. I love my Saucony Triumph 10s ... wore them last night during HIIT

  4. I would definitely consider these shoes for short distances, but I think I would be nervous about them on longer ones.

  5. I'm glad you like them! I like how flexible they look, and that they are zero drop. I suspect, though, that for me they'd still have a bit too much cushion (my feet like very little). But I think these are a great way for people to get an intro to more natural running. Great review!

  6. These look awesome! I've heard so many good things!

  7. I have never tried zero drop shoes but those are so cute!

  8. I love the Kinvara and want to try these so bad! Thanks for the review :)

  9. Wow! Those are so cute and I love how light and flexible they are!

  10. I can't wait to run in mine... i've been looking for something that offered a natural feel while offering support. BOOM!

  11. I won't say never but I can't imagine myself every running in a stability shoe again. Can't wait to hear what you think of zero drop!

  12. I tested the altra zero drop and really liked the shoe. Can't wait to hear how you like this shoe. It looks pretttyyyyyy !

  13. Guess I'm going to have to take those for a ride, since the kinvara's weren't for me. LOVE the colors!

  14. Wow, those are fun shoes! They are totally Fancy Nancy style! I love my Kinvaras but haven't tried any of the other models...YET!

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