19 Jun '12, 9pm

Saucony’s New Zero-Drop Shoe

Saucony’s New Zero-Drop Shoe

By Jeff Dengate Saucony has significantly overhauled its flagship training shoes in recent updates, making them lighter and lower profile--shoes have been re-categorized as 4- or 8-millimeter offset, a measure of how much higher your heel sits off the surface of the road than your forefoot. Now the running shoe manufacturer has a zero-drop, cushioned offering in its catalog. Today, Saucony officially unveiled the Virrata, a new model featuring a flat, 0 mm heel-to-toe drop. Similar to many barefoot-like and minimal shoes, the lower heel height encourages a midfoot or forefoot landing. Unlike true minimal models, the Virrata is expected to offer 18 mm of cushioning under the foot, to provide a bit of relief from the impact shock of the road. From left: Mirage 3, Kinvara 3, and Virrata Much of the midsole, a durable foam alternative to rubber, is exposed to the ground below,...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/06/19/saucony-virrata/

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