TotR: Airia Running Shoes

Today’s topic for Tuesdays on the Run is Treadmill Running.  I’m going to let Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs and the rest of our great bloggers tackle that topic because I just absolutely refuse to step foot on a treadmill.  I’ve tried and I just cannot stand it for more than fifteen minutes!  Maybe I’ll learn something from the rest of you that will help me figure out how to tolerate it for longer than that.

I was given a free pair of Airia running shoes a few months ago to try (I received no other compensation and of course my opinions are all my own).  The company claims that the Airia One helps 8 out of 10  runners run faster regardless of their current level or running style.  Before I tell you my experience, I’ll share some information from Airia about their shoes and how they are designed to make you run faster.

Firefox_Screenshot_2015-02-14T19-49-22.656ZYou can see that the shoe isn’t designed like any other running shoe.  It has a low heel and is curved so the toe points up.

Firefox_Screenshot_2015-02-14T19-46-16.147ZFirefox_Screenshot_2015-02-14T19-46-47.363ZThe company performed tests to verify their claims that their shoes can actually make you run faster.

Firefox_Screenshot_2015-02-14T19-48-01.834ZThe results showed that while not everyone sped up, the majority of runners did benefit from the shoe.

Firefox_Screenshot_2015-02-14T19-48-55.921ZI think this is the most interesting point about these shoes.  They are only for running.  The design of the shoe with the toe pointed up so dramatically makes walking feel a bit awkward.

Firefox_Screenshot_2015-02-14T19-47-03.191ZSo, how did I like them?  It’s funny, but they made me both faster and slower and I think it’s because they are not designed for walking.  I wore them for a run that included some walk intervals and I noticed that as I started running each five minute run interval, I started off a bit slower than usual.  It seemed to take more effort to get my pace up to my normal speed at first.  However, once I got some momentum going (after about a minute or two), I seemed to be running faster with no extra effort.  Then when I stopped for a walk interval, not only was my walk interval kind of uncomfortable, starting to run again involved the same minute or two of slower ramping up and then faster times for the last part of the run interval.

It almost felt like once I got moving at a good clip, these shoes helped keep me moving faster than normal.  But it took a little while to get my speed up to that level.  Overall, my times on the runs I wore these shoes for were pretty close to normal, but my speed was much more variable during the run.  I definitely think they would be worth a try for anyone who does not use walk intervals, especially for shorter races.

I’m used to a wider toe box from my Altra Torins, and while these Airia shoes look different, they do have a generously sized toe box as well, so they were comfortable.  I didn’t notice any unusual aches or pains during or after the run either.  I am going to stick with my Altras for now, but I am definitely going to give the Airias another try later this spring in some shorter speed work and races.  I’m thinking about using them for the Melon Run Three Miler this July because I don’t do walk intervals at that distance and I really want to get a PR in that race.

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TotR: Airia Running Shoes — 18 Comments

    • I’ll be interested to give them a try again this summer when I’m working on speed instead of distance to see their results at the 5k distance with a steady pace.

    • I’m wondering if they’re really best for someone who does a lot of fast 5ks. I don’t think I’d want to run any further than the 5k distance in them, but I’m willing to see if they help with speed at that distance this summer.

    • So true! I didn’t switch to my Torins until my Nimbus version changed from the 14 to the 15 and they suddenly felt bad to my poor feet. It’s hard to give up a shoe that works for you!

  1. I didn’t write about treadmill running either because its just not my thing:) Also hoping to learn some tips from others!
    The Airias sound interesting…they look like they would feel funny to walk in! Not sure I would want to buy them to try them out but if I ever saw them at an expo or something maybe I would try them on.
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    • If you see them somewhere where you can try running in them, give them a try. They feel really strange just walking around in them, so you need to run a bit to really test them out.

  2. I also tried Aria running shoes, they made my feel fall asleep and I had a hard time running in them. I didn’t get very far before I decided they weren’t for me. Maybe because I slightly pronate and the hump under the sole is where it hits….who knows. Great review!
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    • That’s interesting, my feet were pretty comfortable in them, but I am a true neutral runner, so that hump on the inside bottom didn’t really bother me. I was a lot more worried about my injury prone self getting some kind of injury by trying different shoes, but they seemed to do ok with that!

    • I definitely wouldn’t want to do a long run in them just because of the toe shape. I’m sure if I lived anywhere other than Florida that I’d have to spend a lot more time on the treadmill!

    • As far as I know you can only get them online right now. They do fit pretty true to size for running shoes though!

    • I ran in the Nimbus for years, but the I didn’t like the change from the 14s to the 15s which is when I switched to Torins. There really are a lot of new shoes to choose from now!

    • Thanks! I’ll probably update again this summer if I end up actually racing in them!