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Product Review : Airia Trainers

10 Dec

I have to admit I had never heard of the Airia Brand, so when Airia approached me and asked me to try their Aria One shoe out I wasn’t sure. I scoured the internet and the reviews were mixed but of those positive reviews people said that they had got faster wearing the shoe and the company itself claims to help you be able to run 7% faster so I thought why not? I’ll try the shoe out. I’ve run in a lot of different brands over my time running including Nike, Saucony, Adidas, New Balance and now I am an ASICs convert so trying this shoe was going to be a challenge as it was so different.The Girl That Runs previews Airia trainers 20141014_121657

Overall look and feel

My shoes arrived and I was intrigued. They didn’t look like your average running shoe. They were very light compared to my normal trainers, and really curled up at the end. You certainly wouldn’t be able to wear these like normal trainers to walk down to the shops in that’s for sure. in Airia’s promo material they do advise that they are made solely for running not to walk or stand in.


When I first put them on they felt a bit strange but very comfortable. They are extremely light so I felt like I was wearing slippers rather than a running shoe. Airia’s promo material advised to put at least 10k into the shoe before getting used to them which I did. On the treadmill the shoes felt good. I really enjoyed running in them and I don’t know if I felt like I was running faster but I did have a good run and felt good running in them. I did find where the shoes tilted upwards they felt a bit strange and I don’t think my feet would be able to deal with that over a longer distance as my toes were sliding around a bit as the shoe was a bit wide.

Running outside I was a bit more aware that the shoe didn’t give masses of support like my normal trainers but they did continue to be nice to run in and again  I also found as they are quite wide that my toes and bottom end of the foot was sliding around a bit. As a middle distance runner these shoes would definitely not be great for running over a longer distance as they don’t really give much support in the ankle at all and I have rolled my ankles on a number of occasion in other trainers so that was a definite put off for me. I do wear orthotics and whilst they fitted ok when I actually went to see my physio she was not too keen on my running in them regularly because of the support issue.


Whilst the shoe was very comfortable and light fitting and would be great to race in – the biggest issue for me was the lack of support that I need and the shoe is quite wide. They were comfortable on the treadmill over a short distance so I think I will continue to wear them for sprints.

I try to be as honest and balanced as I can when writing reviews and encourage people to try for themselves. This is just my opinion but see for yourself at Airia’s website.


Product Review: Adidas Boost Trainers @adidasAU

13 Aug

A few weeks ago I got some of the new Adidas Boost shoes in the mail. I thought I would spend a while trying them out and then review them. If you have been reading this blog for a while now you’ll know I am a real Adidas fan. I started running using their Supernova shoe and love their clothing range as it is so cool and comfortable so I was delighted with the Boost shoe.

The first thing I noticed about the shoes apart from them being nice and bright purple 🙂 was how light they were. I bought a pair of the AdiZero range a while ago and I would say they are the same weight if not slightly heavier – so very light.

I wear orthotics so I was a bit worried whether they would fit ok but they did and I was also a bit worried they being so light might not be very hard wearing but so far so good.

Just about to go for a run in my shoes :-)

Just about to go for a run in my shoes 🙂

I went for a few trots in them and found they took a while to get used to as my ASICs Kayano’s are much heavier but it was nice to feel that your feet were light. I think I would be more inclined to wear the shoes for racing and speed work rather than long long runs but they were nice and comfortable. I have a fairly wide foot and I found I had bags of space at the top end of my feet around the toes whereas normally I have had issues with my feet feeling cramped in some brands shoes so that was a definite winner for me although as my foot has a lot of room to move I wonder how it would cope again over a much longer distance.

I felt very cool wearing my shoes to the shops with lots of gen Y’s looking at my feet – they definitely stand out and look a bit like a fashion accessory rather than a bog standard normal pair of trainers 🙂

Adidas says on its website:

The new BOOST™ foam with its unique energy capsules features a magical combination of functional benefits. Unlike any other foam it gives a soft and springy cushioning and feels ‘alive’. It energizes your running stride for more efficiency independent from the temperature and ensures maximum comfort.

I would say I did feel bouncy when running and light on my feet so that has to be good right?

Just about to take the dog for a trot in my shoes :-)

Just about to take the dog for a trot in my shoes 🙂

So all in all I liked the shoes, loved the colour and the lightness to them. They fit very well into my training kit and as I have already purchased from their AdiZero range I like the concept of the lighter shoe I would definitely invest in another pair.  I have some friends that are into bare foot running and the really really practically not there shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers but I doubt I will ever be into those – the Boost are my happy comprimise 🙂

A couple of barefoot running links

16 Jan

After I wrote my last post one of my running friends sent me the links to these articles.  Anyone reading interested in barefoot running might find these interesting like I did – see below:

One guys account of why he runs barefoot

and what he learned  at a barefoot clinic

Thanks for the links Shaun

Bye for now.

To barefoot run or not?

11 Jan

I’m just about to start reading a book entitled “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall which is basically about McDougall challenging himself to run  a fifty mile race through Mexico’s Copper Canyons with a tribe who run virtually barefoot and it got me thinking – There has been a lot of talk recently about barefoot running and the advantages of it over running in trainers and I thought I’d do a bit of investigating.

The Barefoot debate is quite a common one and I remember a few months ago mentioning barefoot running to my podiatrist and he said it is something that many podiatrists love to debate on. He never really said whether he was for it or against it, but I do know the numbers for it are increasing. Famous barefoot runners include Zola Budd, former world record holder for the 5000m and Brice Tulloh, a former European 5k record holder.

There are a fair number of people out there that consider themselves barefoot runners and there is a Barefoot running society and Runners World has forums dedicated to discussing barefoot running.

So what’s all the hype? Is it really better to run barefoot?

Advantages to barefoot:

The pro barefooters say that there is a huge advantage to running barefoot.

Web MD reported on 27 January 2010 in an article by Bill Hendrick in relation to a new study that barefoot running causes less collision force to the feet than running shoes. Researchers found that  runners who run without shoes normally land on the balls of their feet, or sometimes flat footed, compared to runners in shoes who tend to land on their heels first which is far worse for the feet.

Looking across a number of articles, many say that running in trainers actually increases injuries such as knee and overall joint problems and that trainers actually hinder rather than help.

Elizabeth Quinn wrote for the website looking at the pros and cons of going shoesless that whilst studies have found that running efficiency increases by 4% while running barefoot, there is still a lack of well designed studies  comparing the incidence of injuries in runners wearing shoes with those running barefoot. But even though there is a questioning tone in her statement it does still say that running efficiency increases running barefoot.

Barefoot running also apparently builds up the muscles in the feet whereas running shoes according to studies weaken the tendons, ligaments and natural arches. The pro barefoot runners also say that barefoot running is a change of running style for the better and also that it helps runners to have a better sense of balance.


Disadvantages to barefoot running

It is highly unlikely that you could just wake up one morning and say ‘right today is my long run and I am going to go barefoot’. There would be a number of teething problems. Our feet are sensitive and it would take quite some time for the foot to suddenly adapt to running without the protection of shoes.

I know around where I live in Queensland that there is occasionally glass on the pavement and the surface is hard and would be quite harsh on my poor bare feet.

Our feet of course will need to run differently when making the transition from shoes to barefeet which may actually cause injuries such as achilles tendonitis at first whilst the feet adapt according to a number of articles. There are an increasing number of ‘in between’ possibilities such as Vibram fivefingers – a kind of in the middle between running in trainers and running in trainers these are very thin shoe with protection but give the sensation of running barefoot – so that’s another option.

Personally I think I will always be a shoe runner but I think if I was to consider barefoot running I might try the Vibram fivefingers first – I have heard good things about them. But hey for those of you more adventurous than me, try it – you never know you might find you like it!