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Awesome shoe (Updated to a So So shoe!)
on August 23, 2013
Let me start off by saying I am a runner recovering from an ankle injury, not from running, but a misstep into a hole resulting in a sprained ankle. I have been barefoot running for a while, I have a pair of Vibram Five Finger Bikila's that I absolutely love. The fit and finish of the Road Glove 2's is excellent, but I do admit on my feet they run a little large. I ordered a size 13, and they are a little large. I know the toe box is extra wide on these shoes to give your foot room to spread out, but I have a good bit of room between the tip of my big toe and the end of the shoe. Not enough for me to worry about, I secure my laces rather tight so I really don't get my foot crammed in the end and moving around. They are very comfortable, comfortable enough I could wear them all day. As for running in them, they are very light with just a little less road feedback than my Bikila's. Form is critical, you do not want to over-stride in these shoes, otherwise you will tear your heels and knees up. Since I was used to the Bikila's, There was no transitioning to these shoes, I am already a mid/forefoot striker, so no issues there. Feet, ankles and knees feel great after running in these shoes. The longest I have run in these so far is 4 miles, I'll keep increasing mileage a little at a time, but I don't foresee any issues.
I would highly recommend the Merrell Road Glove 2's to anyone looking to get into the minimalist running style.
*** Update *** - After putting 130 miles on these shoes I got a nice big blister on my forefoot just behind the ball of my foot. I checked the inside of my shoe and found that the insole had worn through in that exact area. Seems a bit premature. Not sure I will be able to continue to run in these shoes, I tried to add another insole, but that just throws the shoes off and I start getting ankle issues. I had transitioned completely to these shoes, it looks like I will either go back to the VFF's or try the Saucony Virrata's.