Let’s talk about zero-drop running shoes for a moment. These shoes take the “drop” out of heel to forefoot, allowing the foot to sit level to the ground and aid in helping the runner utilize his or her natural form. Perfect for those who tend to overpronate while running, zero drop shoes have gained quite a bit of popularity in the running world.
However, with many zero drop trainers, this feature comes at a cost, often stripping away any of the comforts that some runners have come to expect in a high-end trainer. Addressing this problem, the Saucony Virrata is a minimalist zero drop shoe with maximalist cushioning. Lightweight but providing excellent cushioning, this neutral trainer is flexible and features zero drop to encourage a more natural stride.
Its highly breathable seamless upper provides a snug fit while its cushioned sole protects the foot from the hard road ahead. The traction its outsole provides will keep the runner moving on asphalt and pavement surfaces and is even graded for light trail running. For a lightweight trainer with zero drop but also keeps the foot protected and cushioned throughout a ride, the Saucony Virrata seems to be the answer for common complaints that zero drop trainers simply don’t provide enough comfort. A great choice for runners looking to transition to a zero drop sneaker and for those who haven’t found the right amount of cushioning in a zero drop shoe, this ultra-lightweight trainer just may be the answer. After all, zero drop trainers have only gained more popularity over the years, and if just a few design issues were addressed–as they seemed to have been in the Saucony Virrata–maybe more runners would be receptive to switching to the zero drop style.
Very lightweight trainer that offers both zero drop and comfort
Stylish design that makes it look more maximalist than its minimalist nature
Highly breathable upper that’s snug and comfortable
Flexible outsole allows for excellent surface control
Well-priced for a zero-drop trainer
Some complaints of the toe box being too narrow
Midsole may wear down quicker than in some other trainers
- Mono mesh upper that allows for breathability
- Rubber lugs on forefoot and heel that provide great traction
- Lightweight construction (6.9 ounces/196 grams)
- Sharp design that hides its nature as a lightweight zero-drop trainer