Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • What's new with Spring/Summer 2013

    SKORA women's collection ss13 With the launch of two new models, Core and Phase, many may be curious to know exactly what differentiates them from our inaugural shoes, Form and Base.

    This page will serve as a casual and to the point comparison of the differences between all SKORA models, to guide each runner to the style that is the best fit for their needs. Detailed descriptions of each shoe are available in our store.

    RO2 on Core and Phase Outsole Tech

    Form and Base are built on the R01 platform. This abrasion and wear resistant chassis is a high density outsole with compression molded EVA as a midsole. It is a level platform with a stack height of 9mm without the insole or 13mm with. If you want a zero drop shoe that offers moderate cushioning and groundfeel in a flexible package, Form or Base are a good choice.

    If you wish to be closer to the ground or in an even more flexible shoe, Core and Phase are for you. Featuring the R02 platform, pictured above, they are 8mm tall without the insole, and 11mm with.

    SKORA Phase upper Upper Material

    As for the upper material, Form is fully leather. Core has an antimicrobial Agion mesh liner and a goat leather outer layer. These two options offer a near-custom fit. Over time, the leather will mold itself to how your foot is shaped and moves. Base and Phase are completely synthetic material. Base has stretch-mesh above the toe box and lacks laces. Whereas Phase is a single mesh layer.

    For the weight room or technical trails, Core and Phase are great choices since they are very flexible and thin, bringing you closer to the ground and increasing proprioception. Phase is our most minimal and lightest option. Core is a very comfortable shoe that blends the full leather upper of Form with the lightweight style of Phase.

    If you want more cushion for longer runs, road running, or racing, Form or Base should be on your feet. These would also be best suited for those looking to transition from a thicker shoe to a lower profile option. Form, with the unique leather upper and R01 platform, makes for a durable and long lasting shoe. Base is great for those looking an efficient slip on shoe with a comfortable stretch-mesh upper.

    If you have further questions about the models, do not hesitate to head over to our Facebook page at to post a question or contact customer service at

  • Pain is part of running

    Towards the end of a recent track workout, one of my athletes inquired if I had ever dealt with a serious injury due to running. The answer he received was somewhat convoluted. Outside of stepping in a hole and spraining my ankle, I have never had what I classify as a running induced injury. I have had a tweak here, an ache there—lately my left IT-band has been tender, perhaps I should foam roll it or use my e-stim on it a couple times, perhaps a bit extra area specific stretching might help me, or maybe an extra day off, taking it easy, all of the things discussed here. Yet I don’t consider this bother to be an injury. Once upon a time I did, once a sore calf muscle meant a day or more off, IT-band aggravation was a trip to the doctor, an excuse, an upset to my training plan, and thus a missed week, month, and race.

    So I answered him in an odd way. I’m always hurt, so I’m never hurt. I understand my body, I have trained at mileage both high and low, fast and slow. This is not to say I am an amazing runner, but that I am a runner, one who aims to run four or more marathons a year. Such a goal has pushed me out onto the road with tired legs, with knots in my calf, and a litany of other, somewhat minor but inconvenient ailments.

    Some people stop with this discomfort. I used to stop. I used to treat everything as something bigger. The IT-band problem would have been morphed into a knee issue because I feel the tightness down into the knee. Instead it is a form issue (video shows I’m bringing that leg a bit past center) and a strength issue (my hips need work to ensure that they work more efficiently). If I correct my biomechanics the irritation will subside, I will return to normal. The process will not occur overnight, thus I will log my runs, take notes, and pay attention to the problem. If it grows, I will become concerned, if it lingers and/or mitigates, I will not.

    Discomfort, I told him, is part of running. If you focus on how much it hurts, you quit your workout early, sacrificing valuable training time. If you do less you won’t hit your goals. Want to break the five minute barrier in the mile? Then run your 400 meter repeats in 75 seconds or less and do at least 12. So what if it is hot, cold, or pouring rain: endure. Build strength, understand the annoyance, and go from there. The goal makes the little nuisances worth it, the race makes it fun and when you are done you will plaster it all over Facebook, Twitter, and the like because, well, that is what we now do.

    Pain & Suffering

    So, I am always hurt. I have goals, my goals require effort and anguish, and thus chinks in the armor arise. I must diagnose them, treat them, and deal with them. Knowing that I will deal with pain allows said pain to be forgotten. Thus I am never hurt.

    In the end, we all want everything to look easy, to feel easy, but we need to understand that running, like many athletic pursuits, is an arduous enterprise. The reason we run marathons (over 177,000 people finished one in the USA in 2012 according to Runner’s World) is not for the self induced torture, but for the accomplishment that it gives us. The reason my athlete runs is to beat his friends and achieve personal goals. He is going to have to endure to get there. He will hurt, he knows it. He closed our conversation, the length of a 200 meter jog with a smile and the reply, I am not hurt anymore. Then he ran another 200 meter sprint when he didn’t plan on it. Pain ceased to be the motive to quitting.

    Steven Stam lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he teaches English and coaches track and cross country. He recently completed a stretch of 3 marathons and two half marathons in 8 weeks including the Jacksonville Bank Marathon and the Goofy Challenge at Disney.

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