I was very excited to try out the new Topo Athletic running shoes. Topo is a company started by Tony Post, former CEO at Vibram FiveFingers. I love my FiveFingers, but there are times when they just don’t provide enough protection on rough trails or from the occasional sharp rock on the road. In addition, after 2.5 hours of running, my feet tend to get a little sore and it would be nice to have some extra cushioning.
I ordered a pair as soon as they were available on July 1st. The Run RT is promoted as a daily trainer, it has 8mm of cushion and a 4mm rubber outsole. It is a flexible, zero drop shoe with a wider toebox. It utilizes a split-toe design. The split-toe design allows your foot to function more naturally by giving you more room in the forefoot. Individual toe pockets allow a shoe to have a wider toebox without feeling sloppy on your foot.
I wear a 10.5 2E in NB running shoes. Topo’s website says they use a standard Brannock device for sizing, so I printed one off to measure my feet. I was between 10.5 and 11. I went with 10.5. This seemed to work. I had a little bit of extra room near the end of my toes, but they seemed to fit pretty well.
What I like
What I don’t like
|Comparison to VFF insole|
|A comparison to VFF (VFF slightly wider)|