Comment from: Laszlo Huszar [Visitor]
Laszlo Huszar

I realy don1t like the term 'transitioning'. Everybody in the barefoot/minimalist era want to pressure that is a shoe is in the middle beetwen bare and normal should be trensitioning to run bare. It is simple NO! Those are not transitioning, those are just that style, that kind of cushion, that kind of sole/upper, etc. An avarage car isn't a transitioning from a tank to a forma-1 race car, an avarage house isn't a transitioning from a castle to a tent.
It would be nice not to expect from a shoemaker (Topo) to move toward more minimalist. It is very good that we have a company who made low drop, wide toebox shoes with an avarage stack height (15-25mm) like Topo, or Altra.

11/22/15 @ 05:57
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Laszlo,

The term "transitioning" is one that I use to provide a comparison between "traditional" shoes, which are heavily padded and inflexible, and "minimalist/barefoot/diehard" shoes, which are great for those who prefer to be as close to the ground as possible.

With this in mind, the term is used as a positioning of expertise, experience, and preferences.

If you place a car between a formula 1 race car and a tank, it is somewhere between the two, not necessary that it is a true transition between these contrasts, but rather a categorizing of traits

While Altra and Topo have their specific place in the market, my reviews attempt to cater towards a wide range of shoe wearers, which is why I try to see each shoe from the perspective of a advanced minimalist runner, a shod runner (with interests in minimalist benefits), and someone in between.

In any case, if Topo were to make a minimalist version of the tribute, they would have my dollars for sure.

-Jarvis

11/23/15 @ 09:06
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]  
Joe

I ran in these shoes for about 6 months. I really liked them at first, but not too thrilled with the lacing system. After about 5 months or so, my toes burst through the sides of the toe box, because the toe box is too narrow for my feet. At this point, I started getting many black toenails (dead toenails), so I had to stop using them. I went back to the Altra Instinct 2.0, which have a much better toe box shape. Other than the too narrow toe box and the lacing system, I liked the Runduro. Actually the lacing system and the too narrow toe box may have worked together to make my situation worse because the laces were never tight enough, so my foot tended to slip forward in the shoe.

11/17/16 @ 18:10
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Joe,

Oh no! That's too bad!

I found that the toe box was pretty wide for my feet.

I have since let a buddy barrow the shoes and he's been running 6-mile jogs with them pretty regularly with no issues. I was a bigger fan of the Tributes than the Runduros because of the thickness of the sole and the breathability of the newer shoes.

I have not experienced an issue with durability, but I suggest you contact Topo. Their HQ is actually near where I live, actually. Let us know if they are able to help!

11/17/16 @ 19:28
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Joe

I contacted Topo, and they sent me an apology for the issues that I experienced, and they said that they have stopped using the BOA lacing system. But, I probably won't be trying any more of their shoes.

12/27/16 @ 11:02
Comment from: jarvis [Member]  

Joe,

That is unfortunate. I am surprised that they did not offer you anything extra for your trouble.

There are plenty more shoes to have adventures in!

-Jarvis

12/28/16 @ 10:46