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I’ve got a unique review for you today! All the way from Sweden, in fact! That’s right, Sweden!
The Airia One Running Shoe
Several weeks ago I was contacted by Airia, and they asked if I would be interested in trying out their new top of the line running shoe, which promises to literally make you run faster. I’m always game for more speed, since speed is not my forte, and who can resist such a promise?
The Airia One retails at $190.00, is made from high quality, breathable materials, and is completed with a Vibram sole.
I’ll admit, when I first opened up the packaging I was a little thrown off by the early 90’s-esque design, and the futuristic pops of color. But then I remembered that this shoe is not your typical Brooks/Asics/Mizuno shoe. It is actually quite advanced! They’re pretty different than anything I’m used to, including how white they are. I think I had these out of the package for a solid five minutes before I got them dirty. I’ll chalk that up to user error though. The overall design is so fun, and different enough to really make a statement!
When you first put them on your feet, they literally feel like moon shoes. It feels like everything you’ve ever known about what you’re feet are supposed to feel like in running shoes, has been thrown out the window. The footbed helps to alter the biomechanical running pattern, so that you don’t have to work as hard, thus propelling yourself faster than with typical running shoes. It really is a strange feeling at first, and I felt a little unsteady the first time I slipped these on.
It’s hard to tell by the photos, but the curvature of the shoe is amazing. My feet had no idea what was going on at first, definitely a weird feeling. The footbed is made of Ortholite material, so it is very soft and cushioned. And, the shoe itself is SUPER lightweight. Always a plus! I was worried these would feel clunky, but not the case! The outer mesh is hardly noticeable, and helps the shoe to breathe.
The company insists that these shoes are made solely for running, not just walking or standing around. I believe it too! I felt like I was walking funny with them on my feet, but breaking out into a run did feel a little more natural. Although, still probably not preferred for my mechanics. My feet had a really hard time feeling like this was a good match. Everyone’s feet are different, and with my feet already being as flat as they are, I would probably not race or run in these habitually. I thought it was interesting too that it felt like different muscles were working while in these. Muscles that I wasn’t quite used to working when running. Does that make sense?
The company itself is “committed to developing the fastest running shoes in the world,” so more power to ’em! I love that they are passionate about the sport of running, and really appreciate that! It really says a lot when a company is willing to take chances, stand out from the crowd, and try new things. I wish I could learn a little more about the science behind the build of this shoe, because it really is an interesting concept.
If I weren’t in the middle of training for another marathon, I would probably be more receptive to running in these more. But, I’m hesitant to mix up my shoe usage too much mid-training, since I don’t want to cause a repeat of last year’s tendonitis debacle.
Be sure to check out Airia online, and read more about what they’re about!
Have a great weekend, ya’ll! The weather is looking PERFECT for tomorrow morning’s long run, as in, low 70’s! Good luck to anyone racing!
Have you heard of Airia? Would you be willing to try these? What is the most unique shoe you’ve tried? What are your plans this weekend?