Comment from: pedalpavementpounder [Visitor]
pedalpavementpounder

Really like the look of this one! I've looked at the Run Amoc's several times and thought about getting them, but there was always something that kept me from ordering. I like the idea of the dash...seems like this is a moc that will be more stable on the foot and move around less...maybe this means I'll end up with a pair now! They've got a very retro biking or bowling shoe look to them...pretty fun.

05/25/11 @ 09:19
Comment from: Rob [Visitor]  
Rob

Thus look pretty cool! Do they plan on making any more Vegan options? That is a huge deal for me (and I'm sure a lot of others). Seems like it should be possible to make some tough, leatherless uppers on the RunAmocs?

05/25/11 @ 09:32
Comment from: John [Visitor]
John

Justin, great review. I want to try a pair myself. I'll be volunteering at the Siskiyou50K and my brother is running it, so I'll be looking out for a runner in the Dash's.

05/25/11 @ 10:24
Comment from: John [Visitor]
John

I like the look of these and really appreciate they have larger sizes (15+).

05/25/11 @ 10:37
Comment from: Myles Allen [Visitor]
Myles Allen

Amazing review! I loved what you said about the "minimalist paradigm" and running lightly. I'm curious as to why you decided to go with the smooth leather as opposed to the perforated leather for the toe part of the shoe?

05/25/11 @ 11:16
Comment from: ryan [Visitor]
ryan

Already ordered mine! Coming from RunAmocs with the trail sole, I agree the street is probably all that's necessary. It almost seems that the bumps in the sole increase slippage sometimes.

05/25/11 @ 11:38
Comment from: Oliver [Visitor]
Oliver

Is such a thin rubber sole durable? Does it wear through or will these last a while? For a pretty expensive shoe, I hope it would last a while.

05/25/11 @ 14:44
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Bob

I wonder if they'll make them to specific sizes? I had a pair of Soft Stars (cannot remember which model) and I had to send them back. My left foot is justbarelybigger than my right foot and I have pretty wide toes. They also weren't "tall enough" in the body of the shoe. If I could do a simple trace of my feet and send them in that would rock!

05/25/11 @ 15:20
Comment from: Alan [Visitor]
Alan

Is the sole the same shape as the original runamoc? I'm hoping there is still enough room for my outer (pinky) toes to spread in the way they like/need to! Can't wait to try them, thanks for the review

05/26/11 @ 04:48
Comment from: Harry Hollines [Visitor]
Harry Hollines

How would you say the 2mm sole would perform and protect the forefoot over rocky trails/rocky dirt roads?

Harry

05/26/11 @ 12:32
Comment from: Doug [Visitor]
Doug

These seem ridiculously expensive! I'd love to try them instead of the VFF classic but not for that price. I also vote for a vegan option.

05/26/11 @ 22:03
Comment from: joseph [Visitor]
joseph

i threaded the laces of my runamoc lites throgh a couple of the holes in the leather, so that i could tighten them up a bit. might be a quick fix for those who dont want to shell out for a new pair just yet :)

05/28/11 @ 23:44
Comment from: Jake M. [Visitor]
Jake M.

Does the smooth leather option make running in the heat uncomfortable or hot? Also, do you get a lot of dust and debris in them?

05/31/11 @ 21:28
Comment from: KatieK [Visitor]
KatieK

I've tried a lot of minimalist shoes, and Softstar are my FAVORITE. They are more minimal than any of the others I've tried and they have a nice wide toebox. I haven't tried the dash yet, but I intend to.

The price is well worth it and the service I've received at Softstar is unbeatable. I've hung up my VFFs a long time ago. Too stiff!

06/04/11 @ 11:21
Comment from: Drew [Visitor]
Drew

To Jake, I'd say the perforated leather seems to get just as hot as the solid leather. I chose the solid leather since I take the mocs over rough terrain (and I'm still worried about star thistle). Every minimalist shoe I've tried collects debris as I run, but it's rare that I have to stop to remove a small rock or stick.
To Joseph: Great idea!

06/12/11 @ 10:01
Comment from: Dean [Visitor]  
Dean

Soft Star has done a great job with these. They are well worth the price. Since receiving my pair some weeks back, I wear them nearly exclusively. I own several pair of minimalist shoes and I like the VFF too, but if I had to choose one shoe it would be the Dash. I have the Lite and I'll buy a Smooth pair this fall for a little added warmth.

06/22/11 @ 03:08
Comment from: idiotgear [Visitor]
idiotgear

The dash smooth look like they can totally pass for dress casual at work. very cool.

07/27/11 @ 17:43
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]  
Mike

Just a correction. The insole is removable. That, it is easy to remove. It does expose some seams at the out edge of the shoe, but they never bothered me, and I have VERY sensitive feet.

I have the smooth leather Dash and another pair of Soft Stars and I have removed the padded insoles from both. I also have the 2 mm outer sole on both pairs.

I found that once I removed the insoles the shoes were roomier. Next time, I will take this into account and order a size smaller.

11/04/11 @ 13:59
Comment from: Josh [Visitor]  
Josh

I'm curious if anyone has extensive experience running with these in snow/slush/sub 20 degree temps?

I am looking for good winter running shoes for Minnesota winters and so far the DASH Smooth seems to be the front runner in what I have seen.

I currently run in KSO's and they let in too much slush and cold, even with my injinjis on.

Does the 2mm sole handle ice and snow well? I would like to keep things as thin as possible, but was looking at the 5mm only because it looked like it may handle icy streets and sidewalks better.

I appreciate anyone who has experience chiming in with this!

01/16/12 @ 17:08
Comment from: Michele Adams [Visitor]
Michele Adams

Hi there,
I'm a woman needing a good, WIDE shoe for "barefoot" running. I'm a 91/2 in a woman's shoes but generally prefer a man's shoe for more roominess. I've been barefoot most of my life...feet are wide and sturdy and toes want to splay.
I was hoping to spend neighborhood of $100.
Any suggestions? I run in the mountains with lots of rock, etc. so am thinking the 5mm would give some protection and time on the souls.
Thanks for any help!

03/02/12 @ 19:16
Comment from: daniel [Visitor]
daniel

i'm thinking about trying these for basketball drills on an indoor wooden court! any thots?
i have been using kso's for this for a couple years now, and i'd like to experiment!
thanx, daniel

06/21/12 @ 16:19
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]
Dave

Bought a pair of these a few months ago and liked the feel alot. They didn't last long, though. I threw them away after the leather on the toe area tore up at maybe 300 miles. Not nearly so long as my KSOs which keep going and going.

08/10/12 @ 18:17
Comment from: Mikko [Visitor]  
Mikko

I use this with suede upper to fight the Nordic winter here in Finland. The 5mm trail sole is perfect for snow and ice. I also use Smartwool socks for added warmth when it's really cold. It might get as cold as -38F. I will post another comment if I will survive.

12/15/12 @ 07:57
Comment from: ML [Visitor]
ML

Thanks for this great review.

01/08/13 @ 19:53
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

Just ordered my first pair of RunAmoc Dashes,and I'm so excited.

(Oddly enough,I've never been this excited about any of my FiveFingers shoes..)

03/04/13 @ 01:17
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

What kind of endurance should I expect from my Runamoc Dashes?

(I.e.,how long can I wear them before I need to buy a new pair..)

I've had my new Dashes just over a month,and I wear them 5 days a week,maybe 7 hours total each day.

04/15/13 @ 08:41