It?s a new day in running for me. 1) I began doing mountain runs almost exclusively (I live in the Canadian Rockies). 2) Due to a chronic inflamed metatarsus, I got fitted for orthotics. 3) Immediately after getting the orthotics I purchase a pair of Vertical K?s
Both at the orthotic shop (for the Orthotics) and at the running store (for the Vertical K?s), they said to work into higher mileage gradually. So, not taking their advice I went for a 5 hour mountain run the next day. Here?s my take on the Verts:
Unbelievably light shoe. It felt like there was nothing on my feet except for cushioning underfoot. The Lycra uppers hug my foot like a slipper. Not even a hint of hotspot or blister on my inaugural 5 hour jaunt. I?ve never worn such a comfortable shoe. It?s unreal. On the down side, despite what the official word is and the take from other reviewers, there?s not enough padding for mountain running. Granted, I live in the Rockies, and those trails are rocky indeed... also considering that my previous 2 pairs of runners were Hoka?s, There's still not enough padding. UNLESS, one wears a pair of orthotics. The additional stiffness provided the protection that I needed, plus probably made up for some of the extreme flexiness of the non-supportive uppers (I?ve always felt that ?motion control? is unnecessary-if one has proper running form-and is mostly marketing hype).
I?ve got a couple 50k trail races coming up. I can?t wait to toe the line with these babies.