Monday, May 11, 2015

Skora Tempo Review

I contacted Skora about testing out a pair of their shoes.  I was able to get a sample of the Tempo before its release to the public.  What drew me to Skora is that they use some of my favorite design aspects like a zero drop platform and a wider toe box than standard shoes (similar to Altra).  This allows your toes to spread out and puts your body in more of a natural running form. 

The Tempo uses some great materials to keep this shoe remarkably light, weighing in at less than 8 ounces.  They have a stack height of 22mm, which is minimal enough to really let you connect with the ground, but provide enough cushion to keep your feet feeling good mile after mile.  Skora calls them “Plush and protective yet flexible.”  I don’t know if I would call them plush, but if you are comparing them to some of their other shoes that are true minimal shoes with only a stack height of 11mm, I guess the Tempo are considered plush.  I would call them just right!

They utilize asymmetric lacing, meaning that they lace at a diagonal instead of straight down the top of the shoe.  This design matches how your foot is shaped and provides a more comfortable and secure fit.  I really like the one piece upper which eliminated stitching, reducing hot spots and providing a better fit for different types of feet. 

I don’t know that I have ever seen a running shoe that has a heel shaped like Skora’s shoes.  The heel is rounded to match the natural shape of your foot.  The upper is made up of a mesh that is extremely breathable and will help keep your feet cool in the summer.

The only negative thing that I could find is that the material in the outsole (bottom of the shoe) is harder high abrasion rubber while other areas are softer.  The high abrasion rubber seems like it is extremely durable and will last quite a while, but the softer material seems like it will probably wear out faster.  I am not sure if that will really shorten the life of the shoe, but it was the only negative thing that I could find.

Pros:
Very comfortable
Zero heel drop
Wide toe box
Very light (under 8 ounces)
Plenty of cushion
Great price (As low as $129 at Skora)
Asymmetric lacing

Cons:
Some of the material in the outsole is soft and might wear faster than the rest of the outsole.

I feel that the Skora Tempo is a great shoe and can be used for training runs, speed workouts, or races.    
I was not expecting these to become my favorite shoes.  I am not talking about liking them a little; I mean that they are my favorite shoes by far.  I love my Altra Instinct 3’s, Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte’s, and Skecher GOmeb Speed 3’s too, but the Tempo jumped to toe top of my list.  I would probably call them the best shoe of 2015 (so far).  Way to go Skora!


Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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