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Boasting a slip on design for comfort and ease of wear, the K-Swiss Blade-Light Race is a lightweight tempo running and racing shoe featuring moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.

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Slip it on and start running. The Blade-Light Race from K-Swiss offers neutral or supinating runners an easy-on shoe with a stretch bootie construction, which accommodates foot expansion for longer runs. The ride is responsive and a Velcro mid-foot strap helps secure the midfoot. With plenty of impact protection, the Blade-Light Race is a great option for longer races and tempo runs. It also has drainage ports to allow excess fluid to escape on those hot days where you are dumping water on your head.

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Weight: 8.9 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (26mm), Forefoot (17mm)

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume 
  • Forefoot: Medium width
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium to low height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2010
  • Model discontinued: Unknown

INTRODUCTION

K-Swiss' Blade-Light Race is a minimum feature, moderate neutral shoe designed speedwork, racing and daily training. It is built with a semi-curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • GuideGlide is a full length composite foam layered in between the midsole and the upper for underfoot cushioning.
MIDSOLE
  • K-EVA is a full length blend of EVA engineered to enhance cushioning and durability of the midsole.
  • Blade-Light is full length K-EVA shaped in "blades" that are aligned to the angle of impact and is designed for a flexible ride.
UPPER
  • Open Mesh covers the entire upper and allows moisture and heat to escape from within the shoe.
  • Seamless Upper allows for sockless comfort.
  • Flow Cool is located at the heel and toe and are perforations in the synthetic material designed for moisture management.
  • Velcro Strap is utilized at the midfoot for quick, adjustable closure.
  • Drainage holes are located along the center of the midsole and are intended for water drainage.
  • K-EVA Sockliner is engineered for additional cushioning.
  • Superfoam Last is a full length strobel last composed of Superfoam for increased cushioning.
OUTSOLE
  • Aosta II is utilized at the heel and is a high density rubber designed for outsole longevity.
  • Blade-Light is full length K-EVA shaped in "blades" that are aligned to the angle of impact and is designed for a flexible ride.

Comments: I have been wearing Nike Free and gave these a try. Very nice shoe. Good for the minimalist runner.They do run at least 1/2 size small.
From: Endwell, NY

Comments: Update from feedback reported earlier - lower mid-foot area discomfort was only the start of complaints with these shoes - beyond slippage (not a size issue) which affects toe-box comfort, the wear pattern on these shoes is odd and has never felt quite right. Don't pay attention to the feedback saying these are the 'best' ever. Buyer beware.
From: Doug, Seattle, WA, USA

Comments: Used only one time, 4 mile run - I typically wear Zoot - fit was tight across top of foot but length was true to length. After 2 miles, felt fair amount of discomfort in lower mid-foot area - have never experienced before. Next run back in Zoots, no discomfort. I may try them again but these are not likely to stay in my arsenal.
From: Doug, Seattle, WA, USA

Comments: Incredible! The BEST running shoe I have ever put on my foot.  Soft and comfortable with just enough support.  Great shoe for efficient and mid-foot strike runners.  Will be my racing shoe with Light Run as a training shoe. K-SWISS continues to make a name for themselves as having one of the best line-ups of running shoes in the market, give them a try; incredible things happen when a company puts money into research and listens to athletes instead of just dumping cash into marketing and endorsements.
From: Chris, Omaha, NE, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+