|Forms and Age Group Champ Hat|
The Skora Form represents an aptly named, form fitting shoe put out by Skora Running and the second model I have worn from the fledgling company. I received mine on a Friday night, and threw them on for a ten mile trail run the next morning. In order to love a shoe, I have to able to feel the trail, my foot must be able to bend but not break—a rock or root should not create a sprained ankle, just another moment of increased proprioception. Heading into a trail that is pretty much rocky pine swamp, roots aplenty, rocks here or there, sand pits and the like, I knew my inaugural run would give the shoes a full test. That day, they went through stream, dirt, sand, and a controlled burn (not a big fan of the last one) with ease. After a ten mile jaunt, admittedly a bit too long for a break in run, they still appeared fresh. I had developed small blisters on top of my pinkie toes, but the form is initially a tight fitting shoe.
|Forms on left, Bases on the Right|
Composed of goat leather, the shoe molds to your foot, mimicking it, fitting almost like a glove, a process I began to notice after just a few runs. So on runs one and two, the shoes had yet to stretch and contort to the shape and feel of my foot. Since I have wide feet, I would say they stretched out to optimal width after about a week, no longer putting stress on the pinkie toes or any other sections of the foot. Since I had worn Skora Bases a little bit in the past, I knew that I would expect a zero drop shoe with a low stack (13mm in this case). The shoe had the same spongy (yet durable) outsole, of the base, a platform that grasps the ground, holds up in the rain, and slides over trail hazards. At the same time, I like a tight fitting shoe, and while the Base is a comfortable model, the Form fits my wants and needs. Such tightness is achieved with ease—you do not have to pull the laces layer-by-layer, level-by-level. Instead, the offset lacing and absence of a tongue, allow you to pull from the top and find optimal tightness from the get go.
|A new pair of Forms on my friend's feet|
|Only slight wear thus far.|
1. Great feel, light weight, and the epitome of a minimalist shoe that forms and fits to your foot.
2. Durability: The shoe will last forever, some users report over a 1000 miles on the soles
3. No odor, even after intense use. This is not a lie.
1. Toe box: for a minimalist shoe the toe box is a bit narrow for a minimalist shoe. The new season of Skora models has dealt with this issue.
2. Price: $185. Yet they last 2-3 times longer than a $100 shoe, so you do the math.
3. Heel Strap: why is there and what purpose does it serve?