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9 Best Salming Running Shoes Rated In-depth

last updated Oct 03, 2018

Though reasonably new to the American running market, Salming shoes show early promise in the releases we have seen thus far. The Xplore and Elements already have strong followings and we anticipate that the Miles will not be far behind.

The shoes are thoughtfully designed due to extensive research into what is wanted by runners, style and the shoe silhouettes are very impressive. Only top innovative shoe tech and materials are used in the construction of the shoes and the shoes are designed to be usable in various environments or running conditions. Impressively, Salming is already moving forward to update on shoes which have proven to be popular.

The price tag is a significant factor with this small-scale release phase. It will be interesting to see how Salming does with larger distribution. However, for runners with healthy bank accounts, you could do much worse than take a Salming for a drive.

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In this riveting update, we bring you the Salming brand of shoes that are gaining popularity as stylish and functional shoes. We have updated the entire guide to include the information you want and need where you can access it quickly and easily. Be sure to check out the detailed product descriptions, evaluation criteria details, and our insightful FAQs.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Salming Kobra
  • Salming Miles
  • Salming Distance
  • Salming Enroute
  • Salming Distance D4
  • Salming Trail
  • Salming Race
  • Salming Elements
  • Salming Xplore
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Top 10 Picks

1. Salming Kobra

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.4
Salming Kobra
Style
98
Comfort
99
Features
98
Drop
95
Breathability
97
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$170.38
Pros:
  • Excellent for court sports
  • Very stylish
Cons:
  • Some found them bulky

The Salming Kobra is a fast-paced unique combination of lightweight, cushioning and stability. As Salming's flagship shoe, it stands up against the best in the industry and worn by many professional squash players.

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Style

In order to facilitate agility and stability but still maintain the lightweight characteristics, Salming has designed the midsole rear end with higher side walls that wrap around the heel area. The Kobra's ExoSkeleton design is totally integrated with the lacing construction in order to facilitate the best possible wrap-around effect of the foot. This keeps the foot in the right position during lateral movements. Added to the Kobra is Salming's HexaGrip outsole; a new and very durable lightweight rubber compound (HX120) that features Salming's HexaGrip pattern designed for the best possible grip on all indoor surfaces.

Comfort

The Kobra has the following special patented features for optimal comfort and stability.

Rebound Foam: Forefoot rebound energy 80% better rebound energy than a regular EVA midsole compound

RollBar: An increased radius on the inner side of the outer sole, facilitates rolling the foot inwards and toe push off.

Value

This shoe retails for an average of $150, a very reasonable price given the quality, performance, and style of this shoe!

2. Salming Miles

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.2
Salming Miles
Style
98
Comfort
97
Features
95
Drop
95
Breathability
96
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$39.99
Pros:
  • Durability
  • Designed as a regular use road shoe
  • Endures basic elements such as moisture and gravel or loose dirt
  • Attractive
  • Comfortable sole and interior
  • Cushioned without weight (11oz.)
Cons:
  • These shoes run a size smaller than standard American shoes sizes.
  • Pricey
  • Some runners fell that the generous amount of rubber give these shoes an awkward feel. 

This 4mm drop shoe has medium plus cushioning and is a basic trainer release from Salming. The Miles features a roomy toe box, cushioned interior and generously padded upper. It has a thick sole with offering stability and flexibility. This is the basic training shoe offered by Salming born to run far particularly on road surfaces, with support and comfort without excessive weight.

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Style
Most manufacturers have a company name and logo or design element that easily defines them. We are all familiar with the Nike swoosh and the Adidas tri-stripes. Salming displays its name in upper case letters along the sides of the shoe in a manner similar to Hoka One One. Some runners do not object to this level of direct advertising, but others are certainly put off by it.

Salming also prominently displays its name on the heel box and tongue. They have embraced a three stripe rectangular strapping design on the sides of the shoe which is far less obvious than the printed name.

These shoes feature a two layer upper construction consisting of a softer inner layer and durable outer for air circulation and breathability. The exterior is called an “Exo Skeleton Design” for more durability, protection against the intrusion of pebbles and dirt and stability.

The midsole is constructed to absorb impact and provide recoil so your move smoothly from step to step. The shoes also have a transparent TPU section that absorbs impact and provides firm push-off and rebound into succeeding steps.

Comfort
The above average cushioning interior and upper are the first sources of comfort in the Miles. The generous toe box allows room for toe splay, an important aspect of comfort, and does not push down on the tops of the toes. The heel cup is cushioned but not to excess and enables some foot adjustment as you run.

Value
Because Salming is offering a limited release in the US, these are expensive shoes offered in a limited number of colors.

3. Salming Distance

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.4
Salming Distance
Style
96
Comfort
95
Features
95
Drop
95
Breathability
96
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$49.00
Pros:
  • Provides natural propulsion into the next steps
  • Durable
  • Good road feel
  • Comfortable mesh tongue
  • Flexible without sacrificing stability
Cons:
  • Pricey
  • Some runners feel there are sizing issues even after compensating for European sizing.

Weighing in at about 8.4 oz. with a standard Salming 5mm drop, for the men’s version, this is a smooth shoe designed for long workouts.

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Style
When you look at a pair of Salming Distance's, you can almost believe you are looking at a design sketch of the running shoe because nearly every part of the shoe is labeled. This is a good marketing tool and enables you to match up the feature descriptions with the parts of the shoe being described, though after becoming familiar with the shoes, it doesn’t appear to have much.

The Distance include the two layer upper construction consisting of a softer inner layer and durable outer for air circulation and breathability. The exterior, called an “Exo Skeleton Design”, delivers durability and protection against the intrusion of pebbles and dirt and also provides stability.

An interesting feature of the Distance is that the mesh features are extended to the padded tongue which helps prevent heat build-up on the upper part of the foot. The lacing system includes some distinctive features as well. Bypassing the usual holes for the laces, the Distance uses fabric loops which seem to enable more precise adjustment. The tongue stabilizing loop features the Swedish flag, in case you forgot the country of origin of the shoes.

The Distance features a Torsion Efficiency Unit ™ for durability and a translucent TPU.

Comfort
Less cushioned than the Miles, this model still delivers a comfortable run. The rubber sole is durable and responsive and the shoe includes the trademarked RunLite Midsole with High ‘abrasion Injection EVA for excellent ground feel.

Value
Value is different from price; these are still expensive, even for elite shoes, but if they are a match for you, it’s worth the investment.

4. Salming Enroute

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.6
Salming Enroute
Style
93
Comfort
93
Features
90
Drop
92
Breathability
90
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$149.95
Pros:
  • Integrated upper and lower shoe work in seamless coordination
  • Comfort throughout
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Interesting engineering foundation
Cons:
  • Some runners feel the appearance is clunky.
  • Pricey
  • Some runners dislike the tongue which is a T shape.

With a 6mm drop and weighing only 9.5 oz. the Salming Enroute is another lightweight workhorse.

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Style
Based on the Salming's Natural Running Support System™, the Enroute’s concept is that it enables you to find and maintain your natural running style. This is, in fact, the Salming running shoe concept – that each running has a natural, ideal style – we don’t have to study for years to learn the gait designed by a running master.

In the Enroute, Salming presents an integrated functional shoe with the multi-tiered upper and engineered foundation operating as a whole. The tongue has a gusset design and is composed of a layer of soft mesh against the foot, followed by the ExoSkeleton ™ covered by the upper thin mesh; a composition that matches the upper construction of the entire shoe.

The midsole is responsive and bouncy and is supported by the Torsional Efficiency Unit for stability and a smooth transition from stride to stride. Flexible grooves on the outsole provide excellent push off the toes and the wide toe box is perfect for toe splay, which in turn improves traction and balance.

Comfort
The lace loops for the Enroute are actually attached to the bands of the exoskeleton enabling a close, customized fit. The ankle collar is generously padded as is the puffy, ventilated tongue, as usual with Salming, stabilized by a loop sporting the image of the Swedish flag.

The three layer upper, with generous toe box and cushioned ankle collar add to the comfort of this endurance shoe.

Value
Pricey, but Salming is one manufacturer that substantially cuts prices on older versions of a shoe when the new is released so you may be able to find a bargain.

5. Salming Distance D4

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.4
Salming Distance D4
Style
89
Comfort
88
Features
88
Drop
85
Breathability
87
best offer for today
$69.00
Pros:

6% lighter than the previous version

Two high tech construction layers, mesh for breathability and mesh for draining and keeping out sand/grit

Exoskeleton unit for comfort, stability, breathability

The lace-up system works with the shoe construction to enhance stability and FIT

Anatomical heel-cup

Durable Sole

RunLight Midsole

Cons:

Some runners are cautious of a new brand 

Here is the D4 update on the earlier Salming Distance running shoe, the Distance D4 is now 6% lighter, this has been achieved by reducing the upper construction from three layers down to two layers.
Though not yet moved up into our top three choices, this shoe is well received by runners and heading for a reputation as a popular tried and tested shoe.

Read on to see the full impressive profile for this shoe.

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Style

The updated shoe offers a two-layer build with an exoskeleton designed over the layers, the inner layer is an air mesh design which works towards breathability and comfort. This is overlaid with a thinner mesh which ensures water can drain out of the shoe while also preventing grit and sand entering the shoe.

The foot is held secure through the lace-up system and the exoskeletal layer which work together to give a secure foot hug, stability is enhanced for lateral foot motion while also reducing pressure for the MTP joints.

The midsole is made from Salming RunLight which absorbs impact while releasing energy during the phase of toe-off. With a low profile which aids the proprioception qualities while running on harder surfaces away from trails. Feedback for what is under your feet while you run is enhanced. A high performing heel cup which is anatomically friendly while being light also absorbs shock and serves to ease tension which is often targetted at the achilles tendon, this shoe has transformable features which enhance a secure comfortable FIT.

Here is a shoe DNA rundown.

Top Quality Synthetics
Durable rubber sole
Breathability, comfort, and stability through an air mesh inner-layer.
 An overlapping net mesh second-layer ensures excellent drainage and prevents the entry of irritating grit. 
Maintains the foot's position is maintained through a high performing exoskeleton unit.
Notable high performing responsiveness through RunLite midsole.
Protection and comfort from the anatomical heel-cup.
Comfort

Advanced shoe tech ensures the comfort level for this shoe is high, the shoe can run hard surfaces and trail surfaces and comfort factor in the form of high performing shoe tech has been built into the shoe.

Cost

The shoe design takes it into being more of a shoe for both hard surfaces and long distance and gives a soft comfortable stable run while responsive is enhanced through improving the compound used in the construction of the midsole. The price is realistic in return for a good performing shoe.

6. Salming Trail

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.6
Salming Trail
Style
87
Comfort
85
Features
85
Drop
86
Breathability
85
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Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Rip-stop style upper
  • RocShield for foot protection
  • RunLite comfort midsole
  • Non-slip lugs
  • Durable
Cons:
  • Some runners find the Trail is not quite versatile enough for all the terrain variations of trail running in spite of its comfort.
  • Pricey

At 10 oz. with a 5mm drop, this is a lightweight trail shoe, particularly considering that it is by no means minimalist. The Trail continues the Salming running theory of enabling your natural, ideal gait rather than attempting to steer you into some idealized running pattern.

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Style
Very light for the trail, this shoe is flexible and responsive. That said, it cannot provide all the bells and whistles many trail runners require. For example, it has no rock plate midsole wedge nor does it have any metal trail-gripping power. You have to rely on the provided lugs midsole and wedges around the perimeter, which do an admirable job of hugging the irregular terrain.

The toe box is generous and the Trail protects those toes with a RocShield that extends around the base of the foot and concludes in a hardened heel to protect that rear part of the foot.

Comfort
The connection with the trail is the foundation of the comfort of the Trail shoe. Though fully an off-road model, it feels light and provides a smooth, road-like touch. The dense injected EVA and RocShield add to the comfort factors of this shoe.

Value
Though the changes to the Trail with more recent releases are well-received, you can find bargains in older models to avoid the high price tag of the latest version.

7. Salming Race

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.8
Salming Race
Style
80
Comfort
85
Features
82
Drop
82
Breathability
80
best offer for today
$69.00
Pros:
  • Crazy light – 6.5 oz. for an average men’s shoe
  • Near – barefoot feel
  • Responsive
  • Padded, cushioned tongue
  • Light padding on ankle collar
  • “Race-y” appearance with bold color play
  • Natural running shoe
Cons:
  • Some runners feel they are too lightly weaved for cold.
  • Some runners feel they are too expensive for a running flat; not suitable for distances over 5k because of the limited support.

The Salming Race harkens back to the minimalist shoe days of this company, but minimalism was fashionable in racing flats waaay before the term came into running nomenclature. The difference here is in realizing a market for running flats outside the sprinter marketplace.

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Style
With the Race, Salming continues its practice of name display on every possible surface of the shoe. Be careful not to misplace these shoes at a race; anyone who finds them will think the owner’s name is Salming. Seriously, branding aside, we grow to like the identifying labeling on the shoe that seems to indicate a ‘no secrets’ design attitude.

The Race returns to traditional shoelace holes. The forefoot strapping is spiderweb-ed, shedding weight where ever possible, though the Race is still both supportive and stable.

The shoe design elements hide a pretty cool feature. Nested beneath the outer layer of mesh is a multi-color, stained-glass-like pattern only visible in limited light – a really fun touch in this serious race shoe.

Comfort
These shoes provide a weightless comfort – a barefoot with a plus feeling – so they support your natural stride and gait, provide a smooth, gently firm proprioception so you read the road and feel the impact without discomfort. With the patented RunLite midsole and Torsion Efficiency Unit, you have a stable, natural base for your high performance runs.

Value
Many runners are accustomed to paying more for race shoes so these are not as pricey in this category as in others, but at this point, Salming is toward the top of the price scale for elite running shoes.

8. Salming Elements

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
76.2
Salming Elements
Style
78
Comfort
78
Features
75
Drop
75
Breathability
75
best offer for today
$75.00
Pros:
  • Eats challenging miles with ease
  • Durable
  • Stable
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable and responsive
  • Compromise between minimalist and “maximalist”
Cons:
  • Some runners feel the foot protection should be more substantial.
  • Though the upper releases water quickly, some runners feel that the rest of the shoe holds moisture and is slow to dry.

The well-named Salming Elements shoes are your lightweight (9.8 oz.) off, off trail shoes. Wear ‘em running in mud, swimming the Amazon or climbing icy mountain paths. Elements are built to address the elements and master them.

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Style
The Elements feature tank-like traction, holding you upright over mud, sand and rocky paths. This traction doesn’t mean this is a clunky shoe; far from it. It hits an attractive place between minimalist plus trail shoes and the weighty hikers. It features a low profile, heel loop for easy wear and a generous amount of foam between your foot and the lugs. A substantial, nonrestrictive toe band protects the toe box and a similar band protects and re-enforces the heel for protection from debris and stability.

The lace holes are linked directly to the stability bands for more traction, a closer relationship with the road, and greater security.

Comfort
Though light, the Elements don't scrimp on comfort. It includes the padded ankle collar we now expect from Salming, a large toe box, and remarkably porous mesh upper that sheds water quickly. The sole lugs and impressive grip in no way limit the flexibility of the midsole.

Value
Though Salming's are expensive, this super trail shoe is on a par with high end trail shoes.

9. Salming Xplore

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.4
Salming Xplore
Style
75
Comfort
77
Features
73
Drop
70
Breathability
72
best offer for today
$60.00
Pros:
  • Light
  • Barefoot feel
  • Responsive
  • Encourages building strength of foot muscles
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
Cons:
  • Some runners do not think the lacing system is as good as it could be.

If you are a running woman and like it hot, check out the Salming Xplore’s hot pink offering to experience that barefoot feeling while protecting your feet.

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Style
These minimal shoes were specifically designed to help develop the muscles and strength of your feet – stronger feet, stronger runs, right? The Xplore trains your feet almost behind your own back, while you embrace close-to-barefoot running. All the Salming shoes are light, but naturally, this is the lightest. At 5.8 oz. these are more in the flip-flop weight class than the running shoe group, but still they provide a super flexible and responsive RunLite Midsole, anti-odor/anti-bacterial insole.

Comfort
Impressive lightness meets responsiveness in this durable barefoot shoe. The stability bands are not the ExoSkeleton of the previously mentioned models, but of soft, flexible material that provide stability without structure, held in position by the laces. The puffy tongue is pleasant against the upper foot and the EVA injection provides sole protection while enabling you to read the road as you run.

Value
These are a good value for the amount of support, durability, and style they provide. It's a good investment for a reliable shoe for the casual runner or as a backup shoe for the seasoned runner.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Style

It is true that, for the most part, style is a personal preference.

A tough training schedule and long, intense workouts often mean early mornings, late night runs, squeezing in lunch break sessions, and working around your already crazy busy schedule. But whether you are getting it all in out on the roads, or on the trails, or in the gym, you definitely do not have to sacrifice fashion and style of your running shoes for function and fitness. The Salming Running Shoes that we have chosen for our list are not only some of the best running shoes on the market, but they really look great too. It is true that, for the most part, style is a personal preference. One person’s preferences for the shape, color, and style of a shoe might not be another person’s preference. Still, our list of the best Salming running shoes covers a wide range of styles so we are confident you will find something that works for you.

Their shoes come in a variety of styles from minimalist shoes, to bulkier, heavier shoes that offer more stabilization. However, regardless of what your particular wardrobe style is, the shoes offered and sold by Salming are definitely up to date in “athleisure” trendiness. Most of them come in really fun colors and offer bright patterns and features. However, we also know that many folks prefer neutrals and darker, more subtle tones so we have included shoes from Salming that come in a variety of colors and shades, to best match the rest of your workout and running attire and to suit your preferences. Your shoes should be aesthetically pleasing, and that also means staying fashionable and looking fresh, even when equipped with special features that help in your running and performance. For instance, it is important to your personal comfort and your overall performance (as well as for maintaining the life of the shoe) to have proper breathability and ventilation for your shoes. This often means sections of the soft mesh that offer the opportunity for air to flow in and out of the shoe. But just because our Salming shoes offer this feature definitely does not mean they should not still look as good.

Comfort

A shoe’s level of comfort is extremely important for runners when they are in the market for a new pair.

A shoe’s level of comfort is extremely important for runners when they are in the market for a new pair. In fact, aside from those who are on an EXTREMELY tight budget and the shoe’s cost and value simply has to be the number one priority when shopping, comfort is probably the most important factor in helping you determine which shoe is best for you – and for obvious reasons. Hitting the trails or pavement in a shoe that is too stuffy, too hot, have soles that are too hard or too soft, to unstable, to light or too heavy, or just generally is uncomfortable or even causes you pain is simply just not going to cut it. We know you need to get the most out of your shoes. Hey! You train hard and put your body through a lot to accomplish compete in races and accomplish those goal times. Your shoes should be able to stand up to whatever you put them through without having to sacrifice comfort. A lot of factors go into determining the comfort of a Salming shoe, so read on for more information!

One of the first factors or components of comfort we considered when making our list is the level of cushioning that is maintained in the sole of the shoe. This will play a big part in how soft or hard the shoe feels to you while you run, as well as how much shock is or is not absorbed upon the foot striking the ground. Depending on your preferences, it is a safe bet to aim for somewhere in the middle so that your shoes are not over soft so that, while they might feel like pillows on your feet, they offer no resistance and no energy return. But you also do not want to feel like you have concrete blocks attached to your feet so that they feel super hard and do not absorb any shock upon your foot strike. Speaking of concrete blocks, you definitely do not want your shoes to be too heavy.

Features

So many feet and ankle injuries may be a result of shoes that do not have the right features for your intensity of running.

Overly heavy shoes will leave you working harder than you have to. You will have to exert more energy than necessary each time you pick up your foot mid-stride. Lightweight shoes are by and large the more preferred type of shoe because they make heel turnover so much easier and more efficient. Be wary, though, of shoes that are too lightweight. Some manufacturers label their shoes as “minimalist” or “lightweight” to cover up the fact that the shoes actually just do not offer any sort of support. Luckily, the Salming shoes we included on our list do not border too much on the side of being too heavy. In fact, most of the models are lighter weight and “minimalist” but definitely still supportive of your workouts. In short, a running shoe should be the proper weight for the activity they are intended for – and in this case, that means not so heavy that they weigh you down and make you work harder.

Support is a major factor of comfort, as well. So many feet and ankle injuries such as plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, fallen arches, and tendonitis may be a result of shoes that do not provide the proper amount of support for your intensity of running. Your ankles should feel secure and not wobbly upon your foot strike. They should also provide support for your arches, and keep your foot secure so that you are not over or under pronating (even if your natural gait tends to be one of pronation). They should offer just the right amount of support to give a proper amount of energy return (aka, the energy that is thrust back into your foot after you land on the ground and are pushing off again to propel yourself forward) but not be so “supportive” that they are actually just restricting.

Drop

Our Salming shoes, especially the heavier models, are free of the painful drop that is common in many other shoe designs.

One of the biggest indicators of comfort and just whether or not a running shoe is worth your investment is the shoe’s heel to toe drop. Basically, this refers to the actual measurement and amount that the shoe drops in height when scaling from the ankle to the toe. If you are having trouble understanding, then just think of a ladies’ pair of high heels. The drop in height from the heel to the toe is drastic, depending on how high the heel measures (but that is also kind of the point of wearing high heels – to give women some added height, to feel feminine, and to make those calf muscles POP!) However, unlike when you choose to wear high heels, you want to stay away from a drastic heel to toe drop on running shoes because too much drop can lead to injury. Especially if you are not used to it, an exaggerated drop incline will put added stress on your toes and the balls of your feet and will be even worse when the foot strikes the ground during your run.

The result will be more front-loaded pressure on the balls of your feet, and with repeated pounding, your risk of developing a serious injury such as tendonitis or a stress fracture greatly increase. Bulkier and heavier shoes tend to have more of a heel to toe drop in general because of the added amount of cushioning and support in the soles, but the sign of a great shoe is one that has this additional comfort and support, is not too heavy but still offers support, but does not have such a drastic heel to toe drop that you feel it aching in your toes when you are done with your run. Our Salming shoes, especially the heavier models, are free of this painful drop (and obviously, the more minimalist models of Salming shoe do not have the heel to toe drop either). One last thing we considered in regards to comfort is the breathability and ventilation of the shoe.

Breathability

A great pair of running shoes will be designed to ventilate well and keep airflow in and out of the shoe so that your feet can breathe.

You will be wearing these things for a lot of miles, in varying temperatures, seasons, and conditions. Even if it is not super hot, you are likely going to sweat. And sweaty feet means hot, stinky, uncomfortable feet. A great pair of running shoes will be designed to ventilate well and keep airflow in and out of the shoe so that your feet can breathe. This is especially important for people who train outside and sometimes end up running in rain or through puddles – wet feet need to be able to breathe, and once your run is over, a breathable mesh or material will help air and dry out your shoes much more quickly than those shoes that do not offer any ventilation.

One final component of style to consider is how transitional they are from activity to activity, event to event. Shoes need to be stylish not only on the roads and trails but there is a level of practicality and convenience in being able to purchase a pair of running shoes that look good no matter where you wear them. It sure does make planning your day a whole lot easier when you do not have to think about packing an extra pair of shoes to change into after your run is over, if you have other errands to run, workouts to achieve, or events to attend and can’t make it work in your busy schedule to get home in between activities. The shoes should also be easily transitional between outfits. It is helpful to know if you are the kind of person who sticks mainly with one type or color of clothing. For instance, if you look in your closet and it is nothing but a sea of blues, then you can feel confident choosing a pair of Salming shoes that coordinate well with blue.

Other Factors to Consider

Value

It is no secret that running shoes can be a costly investment and the harder you train, the better the shoe you need which typically means an even more expensive shoe. And with shoe companies, professional athletes, orthopedic and sports injury specialists, and exercise scientists in agreement that shoes should be changed out every 300 miles, that could mean you need to buy new shoes as often as once a month depending on how intense your training schedule is! Luckily, the running community is a tight-knit group that understands each other.

We know the kind of ‘crazy’ that is associated with a 4 am wake up call to get in your workout before work or being excited about going to bed at 8 pm on a Friday so you can wake up and crank out a lovely Saturday morning long run before your kids get up. And we definitely know the kind of ‘crazy’ (that is really just being smart and frugal with our money!) that comes with having to plan a monthly budget around training shoes, running clothes and fuel, and race entry fees. But that definitely does not mean we want to be taken advantage of, especially when it comes to the cost of our running shoes.

However, there is so much more to be said about a shoe’s total value aside from just cost. While the price tag is certainly very important, several factors go into a shoe’s value. After all, you don’t want to drop a hundred bucks simply for the sake of dropping a hundred bucks! You need to be able to get your money’s worth out of them and this means considering things like how long they last and they’re level of durability, how effective they are, how practical they are to your lifestyle, will they keep you safe and injury free, etc.

Terrain

First, let’s talk about practicality and effectiveness. This takes into consideration your particular style and form of running, and whether or not the shoe is practical and/or effective for your particular needs. Or in other words, are the shoes performing the way they are supposed to perform?

If you are an outdoorsy type who mainly just sticks to trail running, then trail shoes will be your best bet. And a good pair of trail shoes will have a very different grip on the bottom of the shoe to help keep you from falling than, say, a pair of road shoes. There are also differences within road shoes – “trainers” are bulkier and heavier and last longer because they are mainly intended for your training cycle in the weeks and months leading up to a race. More minimal shoes are typically saved for races or the runs in which you want to be your fastest – but they also do not last as long as trainers, so it is a good idea to wear them less and save them. Whatever kind of ground you prefer to run on, or the style of workout you are doing, you need a to be able to rely on a shoe that will effectively perform in the way it is intended.

Other factors that add value to a shoe have to do with safety and protection. Sometimes, our schedules get overly busy and the only time we can crank out our run is if we squeeze it in before work or late in the evening, but this also often means we miss optimal sunlight. Your shoes should come with reflective elements and features that will provide visibility in low light environments. This equates to more hours during the day in which a run is a possibility, meaning a higher value for the shoe. The grip on the bottom of the shoe is another safety feature that will help you avoid slipping and falling when you are out on a run, and greatly extends the value of the shoe.

Safety not only refers to keeping you visible, but keeping your ankles, feet, lower legs, and joints safe and injury free. The shoes should also provide protective features like reinforced toes and other features made for adverse conditions (particularly needed for outdoor and trail runners). These features will help you stay on your feet and avoid injuries sustained from falling. Finally, and maybe most importantly in regards to value, is how long the shoe will last. It needs to be durable and built to last. You can trust that our list of Salming shoes will stand up whatever intensity of workout you put them through. They are designed structurally strong, made with durable materials.

Advanced Features

It is important to buy a shoe that fits your needs and your training style. If you live in the mountains or in an outdoorsy place and stick to trail running, the kind of shoe and the features included in the shoe that you need specifically will be different from someone who trains only on pavement or out on open roads. On the same hand, consider the types of races you typically sign up – ultra marathons or long races through the woods, gravel, and hillsides or road races? The type of cushioning and grip that you shoe will need to take on these varying terrains will bel be different. And if you are strictly just a treadmill runner, there’s a shoe for that too!

You should consider your training schedule, and how many miles you are logging throughout the week. If you are training for a longer race like a half or full marathon, then you are probably putting in some seriously long runs on the weekends. If that is the case, then your shoes are being put through more subsequent miles in a shorter time frame than you might be used to or than other runners. It is an important rule of thumb that shoes be changed every 300 miles, but definitely every 500 miles. This helps to avoid injury that may be sustained from the wear and tear placed on your shoes serving to decrease the effectiveness and support of your shoes. Keep yourself safe, protected, and injury free! If you know you have already run between 300-500 miles on your current pair of running shoes, then consider springing for a new pair (a new Salming pair, to be exact!)

Use

Runners who suffer from chronic or ongoing injuries need special shoes specifically designed for helping ease the pain and symptoms brought on by their injuries and help their injuries to heal faster. There are soles that have arch support and just general foot support designed specifically for runners who suffer from weak arches, plantar fasciitis, and fallen feet. Problems with over pronation and under pronation are also very common running injuries among runners, and so if you have a pronation issue, you need a shoe that keeps your foot secure and limits the amount you are rolling over and helps control your foot strike and the way your weight is distributed upon each footstrike. Finally, stress fractures plague a lot of runners, especially female runners. If you have a history or are prone to stress fractures, opt for a shoe that does not have as drastic of a heel to toe drop. This will help keep your weight distributed evenly upon your footstrike, and not put too much weight or pressure onto one part of the foot, which can result in too much-repeated pressure over time and end in a fractured bone.

Bottom Line

Knowing your training patterns and when you like to train, and under what conditions, will help you pick a shoe that fits your needs. If you are an early morning ninja runner and are up long before the sun, you need to be sure to get a pair of shoes that come equipped with reflective elements so that cars, animals, and other runners can spot you. (The same is true for you folks who like to run in the evenings or late at night). Similarly, consider the exact conditions you will be running in. This will make you consider things like where you live, and what time of year or season it is. If you live in Texas and you are out running in July, it is certain that you will be hot and you will sweat. If the conditions you are training in often lead to lots of sweating, then it is imperative that you opt for a shoe that has plenty of reliable ventilation and breathability. This will help keep your shoes smelling fresher for longer, as well as to help them dry out quicker and thus last longer. (Shoes that are left wet for too long tend to lose their structure, shape, and overall durability.)

Frequently Asked Questions

q: How much do Salming shoes typically cost?
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When compared to other high-quality running shoes on the market, Salming shoes are extremely reasonably priced. Most models, regardless of if they are trainers, trail shoes, or racing shoes, will fall between the $90 to $150 price range, which is pretty standard. Prices will depend on the model, the year, the style and features, and special additions.

q: How do Salming Running shoes fit?
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Consumers largely agree that Salming shoes fit true to size. However, most of the Salming products are sold with tags and explanations of sizes in European sizes. So if you live elsewhere. You will need to be sure to convert your local/regional size to European sizes.

q: Do Salming Running shoes come in a variety of colors?
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If you are one of those runners who loves a bright and bold shoe, then aesthetically speaking, Salming shoes might be your best bet! They are easy to recognize because most of the models are sold in bright colors and patterns. And the best part is that the same model is usually sold in SEVERAL colors and patterns.

q: Can you tell me more about the Salming company?
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Salming Sports was started in 2011, and is a Swedish based company. It was started by Borje Salming, a Swedish ice hockey player, and currently sells products in over 40 countries around the world (but is most widely known in Europe). Salming Sports focuses on equipping runners, squash, badminton, handball, floorball and racquetball players with the clothes and equipment they need to perform at their best.

q: What other Salming footwear is available for purchase?
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Salming not only sells shoes for trail running, road running, and minimalist running but sells shoes for other sports too: handball, badminton, squash, and floorball.

q: Does Salming sell products other than footwear?
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Yes! Salming is actually better known as “Salming Sports” because it not only focuses on running shoes and equipment but attire and equipment for an array of sports that are popular around the world. Salming sells a wide variety of running attire, including shorts, tank tops, long sleeved tops, pants and tights, jackets, singlets, underwear, bags, and running backs. As far as other sports go, you can find gear for squash and badminton like rackets, racket bags, strings, and sweat headbands and wristbands.

q: Are Salming products sold exclusively online or can I get them in a store?
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You can buy Salming products online or in a store, depending on your preference! However, depending on where you live, finding Salming products at your local sports or athletic retailer might be difficult to come by because the brand is relatively new and still expanding. Your best bet, if you want to increase the amount of Salming hanging in your closet, is to order online.

Sources

  1. Ryan Sabin, 10 Best Running Shoes to Get You Going, Runnerclick Blog,
  2. Salming Sports Staff, Salming Sports, Official Salming Sports Website,