I tested the Topo Athletic Magnifly a few weeks back. It is a great shoe and if you are thinking of dropping to a lower heel drop shoe, which I personally recommend. With a 5mm drop, it would be a great transition shoe. See below for a link to my review. Topo Athletic also sent me the Tribute to test as well, but because of an injury, I was holding off on testing it.
My Achilles tendonitis finally is getting better, so I headed to the track for some 800 meter (1/2 mile) intervals. I couldn’t wait to test out the Tribute. It is a light weight shoe with a zero heel drop. The temperature over 90 degrees when I hit the track and my feet were the only part of me that wasn’t overheating thanks to the breathable mesh upper on the Tribute.
Topo Athletic shoes fit snug in the heel and midfoot, while it they are loose in the toebox. This wide toe box allows your toes to spread out. This will not only help you be more stable, but will also reduce foot injuries commonly caused by shoes that compress your toes.
The Tribute weighs in at only 7.2 ounces and it feels extremely light and nimble. I still felt like I had a little protection under my feet though. I have run in a few other shoes this light where I felt like I was running barefoot. My fragile feet can’t handle running with no cushion. It is a flexible shoe and it provides a stable ride while letting you really lay everything on the line.
I have tested 6 shoes from Topo Athletic and have been impressed with every one. Here are some of my past reviews.
Light weight (7.2 ounces)
Wide toe box allows toes to spread out
Zero heel drop allows for better form and posture
Great price ($100 at the Topo Athletic website)
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Once again, Topo Athletic proved that it can compete with the big kids on the block. This feather light shoe comes with a zero heel drop, ventilated mesh upper, flexible outsole, and is a great shoe for speed workouts and races. It is hard to beat the $100 price tag either. They are currently sold out of the Black/Green version (at the Topo Athletic website) that I tested, but have other colors available. You can also get them on Amazon or check the Topo Athletic Store Locator to find a store near you.
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.