Written By Barefoot Dawsy
Where do I start with this one? I’ve been dying to try out a pair of the much-lauded Skora shoes, but living down-under, I had a hard time tracking down a pair. On my recent visit to Canada, however, I finally managed to convince the lovely folks at Skora to let me give their latest ‘Form’ shoes a test run.
Normally I don’t pay much attention to packaging, but when I unwrapped the parcel that the shoes came in, I couldn’t help but smile. The box they come in is just lovely, and has a handy magnetic clasp, which means that finding a future use for it should be easy.
Oh, and they smell lovely. There I said it.
Included in the box was the 2 shoes, with inserts (more on these later), a spare set of laces, and a sticker. I’m always stoked when I get extra stuff, so the laces and sticker were a nice surprise.
If I was to try to describe them to somebody who’s never worn them before, I’d say the Skora Form are like a modernised version of the old-fashioned leather racing flats. This lends them a really classic feel, and had me dreaming that I was in Chariots of Fire. But I digress.
The leather uppers conform beautifully to the contours of the feet, and the well laid out lacing only improves on this.
The soles are quite a bit thicker than some of the other shoes I’ve reviewed on this site. This can be lessened somewhat by removing the insoles. The quality construction of the shoes make this a non-issue and they are just as comfortable with or without them in.
What’s interesting to note is that even though the soles have a bit of thickness, it’s mainly made of harder rubber, not the squishy foam of modern runners. This allows for significantly more ground feel than say, the Nike Frees.
We’ve established that these are some fancy-looking, well-built shoes, but do they perform? I’ve spent the past month putting them through their paces in a variety of conditions. Overall, I’d have to say that my impression is very favourable.
Really where the Skora Forms perform well is on the road. Hard-wearing and light, putting road miles on them is as easy as walking out the door. Most of the miles I put on them were on the road, and I enjoyed them all. I found that removing the insoles were best for road running as it improves ground-feel significantly and slightly reduces the overall weight of the shoes.
On light trails, the Forms were good, though I have to admit I was a bit sad to get them dirty at first! I did a few muddier and hillier runs in them and found that they did slip a bit. In all honesty, I will likely save these shoes for road runs and races down the track and use a more specialised shoe for these conditions.
Though they’re running shoes, I have to say that I’ve immensely enjoyed walking in the Forms. Leaving the insole in gives a little bit more heel protection which allows for easy long-distance walking. I’ve taken to wearing them wherever I go, as they’re extremely comfortable, and they’re wife-approved in the aesthetics department.
Overall I was well pleased to have had the chance to try out a pair of Skora Forms. They’re exceedingly comfy and look great. Performance-wise I found them to be very nice to run in and they seem to be pretty wear-resistant so far.
If I could change one thing about the shoes, I’d definitely prefer a slightly thinner sole, as even with carefully engineered soles and specialised padding, the ground-feel could be greatly improved. I look forward to a more minimal version of these shoes down the track.
Skora Forms are excellent, well-designed shoes. I’d recommend them for more advanced runners who have perfected their running form and are looking for a hard-wearing go-to road shoe. If these shoes are any indication of things to come out of the Skora factory, then we’re in for some great things ahead.