SKORA is a new shoe company based in Portland, Oregon that is entering the minimalist shoe market. The SKORA Base ($125) is designed as a road shoe. A trail version will be released in Spring 2013. Although a road shoe, a comment from one of our TRN members likes using the SKORA Base for trail running. Thanks Kyle!
NOTE: The photos used are stock photos from SKORA. They provided the SKORA Base in the newer release color which could not be displayed. Additionally, womens and extended mens sizes will be coming in Fall 2012.
The Base is a slip-on shoe with adjustable velcro straps in the front and heel. It weighs 8 oz. If you remove the insole, it weighs approximately 7 oz. The shoe fit true to size. However, SKORA recommends a 1/2 size smaller. I did wonder why the shoe had such a high toe spring in a “minimalist” offering. By the way, SKORA doesn’t tout their shoe to be a minimalist shoe, but state that their “footwear lets people run naturally” – “Run Real”. Some features are listed below in the Base:
- Asymmetric Lacing (Velcro)
- Stitch- Down Construction (reduces seams)
- Anatomical Last (wide toebox, natural fit)
- No Heel Counter
- Breathable Upper
I tested the SKORA Base on non-technical trails with the insole and with/without socks. My mileage ranged from 12 miles to 15 miles per running session. The Base has sufficient protection and cushioning. For a road shoe, I was surprised that the Base has sufficient traction.
When wet, the shoe drained okay. In the “lab”, the evaporation test results were “Poor”. I believe this was due to the insole being one of the heaviest in my testing which retained water.
As for durability, more miles will tell. However, I could envision a more sturdy upper for trail use. I did not have any issues with the velcro closure, but could see potential wear after prolonged use.
The Base tested well on the road from easy to progression running sessions. It definitely is well designed for road use.
- Drop – 0 mm
- Stack Height – 9 mm (include insole = 13mm)
- Insole – 4 mm
- Midsole – 5 mm
- Outsole – 4 mm
- Gusseted Tongue
- Neutral Shoe
- No Rock Plate (Road Shoe)
- Midsole – EVA
- Uppper – Synthetic
- Made In – China