Sep 26, 2013 | 5 comments »
Guest review by Christian Messerschmidt
After an incessant rainfall during early summer had confined my runs to the pavement because of tough mudder-like (I'd guess) trail conditions in South Carolina, my feet were begging for a little tender love and care. I have been running mainly in New Balance Minimus Zeros and Vibram Bikilas and so I was looking for something a bit more cushioned on my 10+ mile runs. I am a rather recent convert to Vibram Five Fingers and numerous racing flats- it has been two years since I have ditched my prescription of running shoes from the traditional stability category. In addition to the above shoes I have also been using an Altra The One.
There has been a sizeable amount of publicity about the newly launched Topo Athletic shoe company. Tony Post, former CEO of Vibram USA and lifetime top distance runner, conducted a great pre-release campaign that generated lots of publicity among runners and fitness enthusiasts alike. In fact, I was reminded of the marketing initiative that the Korean car company Daewoo used in Europe in the mid-nineties. Both utilized tactics that were supposed to generate strong brand recognition and a pull from consumers asking their retailers for a chance to check out their products.
In the case of Topo Athletic, the shoes they have released are the RR (the performance trainer/race model reviewed here), RT (all around running shoe) and RX (fitness/gym shoe). Today, I'm reviewing the racing model?the Topo Athletic RR. After the jump!