“There is a shoe for every foot, every terrain and for all types of runners now.”
This running dad is squeezing in miles when he can at work and on way home from office (actually averaging 115-130km over last few weeks). Not getting usual number of hours of sleep and finding it hard to find time to stretch and do other things between pampers and bottles —- but surviving.
This week’s blog is a shoe review and short update.
Salming running shoes
Never heard of them. Nope neither had I until a little while ago. Got a hold of 2 pairs and got out on the road to test them out. A Swedish brand.
Salming have a range of shoes that go from trail, distance, speed and shoes to get out and explore with. I got to test the distance and racing ones.
Lets go for the feel and impression of each shoe before getting into shoe details. The Distance shoe I got was yellow, black and had some red (attractive) and looked plenty big for my size 12 (US) feet. When I slipped the shoe on it felt roomy and comfortable (good toe box and room at end and no rubbing anywhere). The shoe feels solidly built and has firm heel cup, stabilizing plastic bit underneath midfoot and is definitely not a minimal shoe or spaghetti soft.
On the run the shoe feels solid but not chunky and roomy but not sloppy. There is no huge heel drop and shoe does feels relatively flat. The cushion is there but not spongy soft. I am reminded of a New Balance Shoe I sued to run in (1023) it too had not so soft cushioning but lasted for miles. Good ride but not exciting.
The speed shoe has a slightly slimmer fit than Distance but still roomy and has same solid construction. Midsole cushioning feels the same but with less. Out on a run it did not feel fast but did feel light. Some other shoes categorized as race shoes I can do some training in and feel comfortable – not sure I would do that with this one. Short runs or speed work – if not using for racing. Once again, no issues with chafing or rubbing and comfortable.
- Weight App. 240g (Size UK 8)
- Blown and carbon rubber outsole
- 5mm drop
- 210g (Size UK 8)
- Blown rubber outsole
Other tech aspects of shoes are better explained on their website – but alot of thought seems to have gone into the shoes and how they should work.
My thoughts and recommendation
This shoe brand is different but does not feel like a big departure from what is already out there but claim to have put alot of thought into the structure, heel-toe drop and how you should run and what a running shoe should do (shoes feel like thought has been put into them). Solidly constructed, quality shoes with good width and length. Good selection for runners but don’t think you will be jumping around feeling pumped when you wear – BUT could be a solid shoe that works if not excites you.
A shoe that will grunt and get the work done.
Look forward to more runs in my Salming shoes and to see what this company continues to turn out.
Worth checking out if you can find them. At worst – check their website.
See you out on the roads folks!