A few months ago, I found myself looking for a new running shoe. I love NikeShox for walking and everyday being on your feet kind of activity but they are definitely not a good running shoe. They tend to be heavy and not offer a lot of bounce or cushion when running. So, I went on the hunt for new kicks. I was looking for something comfortable, light weight and aesthetically pleasing.
Let me start by saying I am not your typical hard-core runner. I run 2-3 miles usually on a normal run and it’s usually only a few times a week. So while I know there are going to be some people who are intensely into running that may or may not agree with my opinion, that’s fine. This is for people looking for a comfortable shoe to help maximize the quality of their cardio workout, not as much from a competition standpoint.
So, the first thing I noticed on my very first run with my ZigTechs is that I felt like I was running faster without any additional effort. It seems as if the ZigTech offers a bounce that propels you forward as you run, maximizing your distance and speed without trying.
I also noticed since running in these shoes I have not had the pain in my collarbone area while running. I previously had blogged about being plagued with a sharp pain in my right collarbone when running. I am not sure if it is a coincidence, a posture issue or if it is the shoes, but either way – it’s gone.
Also, one of my favorite thing about these shoes is that they are VERY light weight. Even in comparison to my old New Balance running shoes – I noticed a major weight difference and was very pleased.
As someone who has heel spurs I am constantly looking for a very cushioned shoe and I pleased to say that ZigTechs make it to where I do not even notice my heel spurs, which is one of the biggest selling points of the shoe for me personally.
Some of the things I also noticed about the shoe that I am kind of ‘indifferent’ about is that after my first few runs, I realized I was sore in a new spot. My tibialis anterior muscle (which is the muscle on the outer front of your shin) was sore. So, it is clear that these shoes were targeting that muscle area a little more than my old running shoes.
Another thing that I am kind of indifferent about due to the nature of my runs is the bottom zig-zag design of the shoe would allow for rocks or sticks to possibly get stuck in if you were trail runner. I usually run on a treadmill or pavement, so it’s not really an issue for me – but if you like to run in the woods or on dirt trails, I could see it possibly being a problem.
The only negative thing about this shoe, I have to say is the price is about $115. These are an expensive pair of shoes. I am lucky in the sense that I can wear kids sizes and can get them for about $75, but the price is up there and I believe a more reasonable price for the adult version would be $65-$75.
Overall, the ZigTechs far exceeded my expectations in a running shoe. The overall fit, comfort, lightweight and sex appeal (yea, it’s a sexy shoe) are very favorable in my opinion and I would definitely recommend this shoe to other people who enjoy running and are looking for a good shoe.