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Testing in a Run Real World

SKORA tester pairs
In August we invited a group of runners to help us test the latest version of our Base and Form shoe models. (blatant plug: SKORA Shoes In Stores February 2012!)

We really wanted to get some big miles on the shoes and hear from real runners about what we did right, and most importantly, what we did wrong when we designed our shoes.

Runners filled out surveys that helped us determine which runners would be the best suited to give us fast, helpful feedback. It was very important for us to find runners that could put some miles on the shoes in a short period of time. With any minimalist shoes, ours included, there is a transition time to get the proper mid-foot/whole-foot stride and we wanted folks that were used to running barefoot or with minimalist shoes so they could ‘hit the ground running’ (sorry).

There were questions around running style, types of shoes worn, miles per week, etc. Unfortunately, the most important questions was, “What shoe size do you wear?” as we only had men’s size 9 and 10 for the tester shoes…

After selecting our testers they were sent either a pair of blue Base or black Form shoes. We set up surveys online for the testers to report their first impressions and more surveys to complete after they were racking up the miles. The SKORA shoe testers ended up being a great variety of real runners from all over the world and we were able to see how our shoes perform in a variety of climates and terrain types.

We had great feedback all the way along and a big thanks goes out to all our testers as they generally confirmed what we knew all along: we have some kick-ass shoes.

One tester in particular deserves a special mention. Kyle Kranz, from South Dakota, liked his tester pair of Base shoes so much he contacted us and asked if it would be alright if he used them in an upcoming race. Seemed fine to us, and then he mentioned it was a 100 mile ultra.

We were a bit nervous as this was to be the first Ultra ever attempted in SKORA shoes and he’d be running in test samples too… Kyle seemed confident, so we said go for it.

We’re pleased to report that both Kyle (and his shoes) survived the event and you can read his race report on his blog.

The test program helped us confirm changes we had been planning to make for our final production shoes. It was great to hear the feedback that confirmed the direction we are heading with our shoe. Run Real.

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COMMENTS

  • By kyle.kranz

    Thanks Geoffrey & Amy! With the new Phase and Core coming out next month, we are currently out of the testing stage for the new models. Like we did with Base and Form in 2011, when a tester program is initiated we will make a nice loud call for applicants on our social media pages :)

  • If you need a tester I can definitely put some miles on them. Relatively new to running but absolutely love new experiences. Running in Kansas gives me all sorts of conditions to test and all sorts of environments. I am about 30-40 miles/week. Trying to really refine my midfoot strike. Wear a size 12 mens. Let me know if there is anything I can do for your company.

  • By amy krell

    i would like to test...i run about 15-20 miles a week. i am a midfoot style runner and wear a 10 womans..
    thanks

  • By SKORA

    Hi Nick, it's hard to fit virtually. But the FORMs fit pretty true-to-size. From our experience Inov8 fit similar to our shoes. So, if you're a size 9 we'd suggest the same. If they don't fit, we offer free shipping for returns. It's hassle-free. Let us know!

  • By Nick

    Hey guys I wear a size 9 inov8 flite 230. What size skora form should I order?

  • Great blog post by KK and his 100 miler. I'm very interested in becoming a tester as well. I'm a minimalist runner in Jacksonville, FL. I'll shoot you an email with my running info, and hope to work with you in the future. Keep up the great work! Let me know if you're ever in NE Florida, we can hit up Jax Beach for a run. :)

  • By SKORA

    Hi Kathy! We will be testing our women's models in the coming months. Send an email to test@skorarunning.com and tell us how man miles you run on average per week, your running shoe size and if you are a heel-striker or midfoot/forefoot style runner. Thanks.

  • By Kathy

    I would be interested in being a tester if you want women testers. I have been looking for a comfortable barefoot shoes for sometime and hope that yours might fit the bill

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