Saucony KinvaraThere’s a new (or at least revisited) trend in the running shoe industry to build more “minimalist” or “naturalist” type shoes that don’t alter our gait quite as much as a traditional stability shoe.

The theory is that our bodies were evolved to run a certain way and we can help prevent injuries by using shoes that don’t mess with our natural biomechanics but still provide protection from the dangers of the road or trail.

Over the next few months I’ll be reviewing quite a few different shoes that fall into this category, starting with a new offering from Saucony.

I haven’t worn Saucony shoes since I was in high school, and the model I wore then were very heavy and quite built up. I quickly moved away from those after getting to college.

The Pro-Grid Kinvara, as I show in the video below, is definitely not a “minimal” shoe but has a very low heel/toe differential and is relatively flexible compared to a traditional training shoe. They also weigh a lot less, with a listed weight of 7.7 ounces versus an average trainer that weighs 10-14 ounces.

Here are my very rough initial thoughts after my first 3 or 4 runs in the shoes, and I will follow up with a more in-depth review once I have a few hundred miles on them:



If you’d like to get a pair of these shoes for yourself, then I recommend going to your local specialty running shop and keeping the money in your local community. If you don’t have a local shoe store available, you can also purchase them online.