Comments: Pros: Zero-drop shoe with cushioning provides the best of both worlds in my opinion. I use these for both trail and road running, about 70% trail. I have normal arches and am a forefoot lander; lots of arch support gave me plantar trouble in the past before I switched to 0-very low drops. Main thing to keep in mind is the toe box is unusually roomy - I have almost-wide feet and with splayed toes it's still a bit too roomy. An extra pair of thin socks solves this problem for me. I have put about 150 miles on them so far and have experienced no problems with holes in the mesh. However the sole is showing more wear than other shoes with traditional rubber soles. I think this would be more of a problem if I did more road work. The little logos on the sides also peeled off from the twisting of the mesh - not something I care about but some might.
From: Anonymous. Houston, TX, USA. August 12th 2014
Comments:Love these shoes!! However, I wish I would have ordered a half size larger, seems a little short in the toe box. Otherwise perfect!!
From: Jenna, Mentor, OH, USA. July 23rd 2014
Comments: I love this shoe! It is super light and I love running in them. My only issue is durability... There is nearly no rubber on the bottom where I strike most (the forefoot) and this has lead to visible wear in only a couple of weeks of running in them. As a side note I am heavy for a runner 160lb + and I am hard on shoes (but I do rotate my shoes to rest them). Because of when I got these I did a lot of running inside and on the treadmill (I have not tested them outside yet). But I have done a bit of interval work on the treadmill and afterward found pink dust (from the sole) all over the treadmill and my shoes. So although these are not the perfect shoes for me (I need something a little more lasting while on a graduate student budget) these may work great for someone who is not as hard on shoes! I still have them in my shoe rotation but I am afraid they are going to wear out pretty fast!
From: Elizabeth, Jamestown, NC, USA. 2/14/14
Comments: I really like the look and weight and cushioning of this shoe, but unfortunately the mesh developed holes throughout. Very odd and disappointing. Not sure if I got a pair of lemons or what, but the entire toe/top of foot box area is polka dotted with holes that materialized about 2 months in to owning them.
From: Courtney, Denver, CO
Comments: I found out about these shoes at a running clinic put on by Fleet Feet. I have plantars faciitis (PF) and ankle bursitis (AB) in my right foot so my podiatrist prescribed custom orthotics and even said stop running (not going to happen). All the foot exercises, PT, and orthotics the problems were still there. Then I began to read and learned my feet cannot heal if they are jacked up with a wad of rubber and pre-shaped inserts. Fast forward, I decided to take things into my own hands and decided to go the minimalist route. I have been running in these shoes for about a month and they just completed a half marathon and did me proud. I LOVE THESE SHOES. I took the time to break them in and they work. Cool, light, and gives me great footing. My PF/AB is slowly going away due to my feet being in their normal position and learning correct running form. I am going to buy another pair in order to have them for racing only and the current ones for training. Also, Running Warehouse has the best prices and customer service so of course I will purchase them from here like I do all of my running gear!! I highly recommend this shoe and the great color choices!!
From: Ila, Evantson, IL, USA
Comments: I am not someone who normally reviews things but I felt the need to do it for these shoes since they are brand new to the market. So a little about me first, I run approximately 30 miles a week. One "low" mileage speed work day, 2 5/10K days and 1 long Saturday run. So I have tried these out in most situations. I own mostly traditional running shoes but lately I have decided some of my issues (i.e. foot dragging and not pushing off correctly) might be helped by switching to a minimal shoe. I was right. I own the Saucony A5's as well and those are great for running races but I didn't enjoy the experience of training in them. The Saucony Virrata is awesome! I am so impressed by all the functions of the shoe. I seriously feel like this is the shoe I have been waiting for for all these years so I am so excited! So I decided to make a pro/con list to help out other people planning to try this shoe.
Pro's: Super light= weight of a racing flat, awesome for helping form. 18mm foam= so still very well cushioned for long runs. The shape= encourages a "natural" midfoot strike but doesn't hurt you if you don't. Really flexible with all the ridges= which makes it feel glove like. Because foam is what is touching the ground/ there is no rubber on the very bottom, you still can feel the road, rocks, trail. Which I love the feeling of. Looks awesome. Black with neon green and pink. And, I don't know if other companies do this but it's brilliant- the Saucony logo on the side is a light reflector for safety and it just looks awesome too.
Con's: There is no rubber on the bottom/ the foam is what hits the ground= I'm a little worried about the durability, though no issues yet. This isn't necessarily this shoe but because it is zero drop you can't just lace them up and run. It takes some breaking in for your feet/ankles so you don't get injured. Overall, I love this shoe and would highly recommend it.
From: Megan, New Orleans, LA, USA