Comments: Just received my Inov-8 Road X-Lite 155 in the mail and just had to take them for a spin around the block. I ran a 4 mile loop that has some hills and felt good. The shoe is as minimal as I want to get. Good road feel with durable soles. They feel real spongey in the hand but are firm and responsive on the foot. I like them a lot. A great alternative shoe for short races, tempo runs, and Crossfit.
From: Thomas, Dallas, TX, USA
Comments: I love this shoe for a cross fitness option. It has a slightly larger toe box than the 195/230 and it wears extremely light and comfortable. They have an amazing release from the ground, nearly slipper like. The soles are fairly smooth and are quite forgiving during double-unders. These are the most comfortable WOD shoes I own. They run extremely cool. I do take care not to put the 155's through extremes like mudders, rope or WOD's with a lot of sprint cornering and sidewall pressure. They are definitely constructed for performance over durability so don't expect them to wear like re-purposed basketball low tops. ...But don't let that dissuade you from adding them to your options, the days I do wear these are simply the most comfortable days possible.
From: Rob, San Luis Obispo Ca. USA
Comments: It is really hard for me to overstate how much I love these shoes. I have the "yellow" version, but these are the same shoes. I have tried (and loved) many similar options (Asics Hyperspeed, Piranha, Five-finger KSO, New Balance 730, etc.). The 155s excel because they provide a little more support (this is largely accomplished through the width of the forefoot which is perfect for me) without any loss of ground-feel. 6.1 ounces is still very light and "strange" rubber sole is a miracle; it wears well and provides the right amount cushion.
From: Jeff, Lodi, CA, USA
Comments: This shoe is perfect! Almost all of my shoes are zero drop so I was surprised that I hardly notice the 3mm drop in these. They
were exactly what I was looking for. Not to much cushion, and not too little cushion, just right. I also bought the Inov8 Bare-x 150 which is a zero drop shoe that is just as awesome. But for doing speed work this is the shoe to use. I finally found a company that knows how to
make shoes. Light weight, perfect amount of cushioning so that you can still feel the road yet you don't torture the bottom of your feet,
0-3mm drop which is perfect (for mid-foot strikers), and a roomy toe box. You won't regret getting this shoe or the bare-x 150 they are
perfect. I have the Altra Instinct (too much cushion), New Balance Road Zero (uncomfortable), fivefinger bikila (too little cushion), VivoBarefoot Evo (dosen't breath), and Brooks PureCadence (hate arch support). I ordered a size 11.5 in the bare-x 150 and a size 11 in the road-x 155 making the 155 my speedwork/racing shoe and the 150 my long distance training shoe.
From: Josh, Dallas, Texas, USA
Comments: This was my second pair of Inov-8's (the 1st being Bare-X 200s). I sought these out as a middle distance road racer (5K-half marathon) and tempo trainer. I usually run in zero-drop shoes, but these very minimal drop shoes are a great choice for workouts where I want to give my calves/Achilles a tiny rest, or if my form goes bad on the back end of a hard race. I have yet to race in them, but they have been awesome for speed workouts. I typically put about 8 miles in on speed days, and my feet and lower legs don't feel beat down in these shoes despite the great ground feel. Definitely a good choice if you have strong feet or want strong feet. I wear them without socks, but if you do wear socks, I would go with as thin a fabric as possible. Fast, fast shoes!
From: Chas, Cornelius, NC
Comments: Great shoe. Used Shoefitr to determine size to order. I have left foot about a half size smaller than right. Shoes fit as expected from Shoefitr but the volume not as loose as I like on right foot. Removed insoles and slightly more volume than I wanted. Installed support insoles from my Altra shoes and they fit almost perfect. Right foot felt slightly snug and left foot perfect prior to running. During run, right foot felt perfect and left slightly loose so next time I'll cinch the laces a little on left foot. First run in these shoes was a 4 mile route I had run 46 times before. I have only run this route faster twice before even though I am presently not in my best shape. These shoes are really comfortable and fast. Average heart rate only 145 so I must give the shoes some credit. No blisters, no pain yet. I may feel different tomorrow. This is just the kind of shoe I was looking for. The color makes me visible. Might keep me from being run over.
From: James, Plano, TX, USA
Comments: Wonderful shoe, terrific ground feel for superb feedback and decent wearing outsole (have about 260-mi on mine and they still look good). The better your form, the better they will wear. I suggest running without the insert for ever better ground feel, however, running sockless is not necessarily an option as seams are non-conducive. As the forefoot wore down, I noticed the heel-toe drop moved from 3mm to 5mm! Therefore, I modded them by cutting half the insert, raising the forefoot, creating a 1-2mm drop. Worked like a charm. Seriously consider this shoe if you want strong feet and natural biomechanics.
From: Marty, Milwaukee, WI
Comments: Consider ordering a half-size smaller than you normally would for a racing flat. I normally wear an 11, but they were too long and the 10 was too short --> 10.5 was just right.
From: Jereme, Cincinnati, OH, USA