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
- For me these shoes give you extra level of support for running on hard surfaces like concrete and tarmac and still let my feet run naturally, without correction for over pronation or other things which arn't issues for me, from now on I'm only getting these, I prefer zero drop
- Done 5 weeks of solid running, 170 miles and no problems at all, some of my runs have been for 17 miles, these are nicely cushioned and very light, also used these for tempo runs and interval training, a good performing shoe.
- Totally light, impressivly breathable, I have done 50 miles hiking trips in these, through mountain streams, over snow fields and along mountain trails, great shoe, comfortable, grippy, durable and light.
- These are my only choice for long runs, I have done three half marathons, pre training runs and my legs never feel tired in these, for durability I have really challenged these shoes and they have proven themselves to be high performing shoes, zero problems, I'm delighted with these.
- I love these eventhough they have a lot of cushion in the forefoot area they are still very light, do lots of road jogs and very little sign of wear and tear, a good shoe, really impressive so far.
- I recommend these for both long distance walking and medium to long distance running, I'm putting in a lot of miles every week over the past three months, some signs of expected wear but the shoe structure, comfort and cushion are as good as the day I got these
- I run in these without socks and they feel good, use these daily on the treadmill, they are structurally very good and light, breathability is up to par and the cushioing in the shoe front is awesome, very good shoe I suggest it for anyone looking for comfort and reliability.
- Most shoes seem to kick up heel pains for me but not from these, I think the zero drop design has been the solution, these run nicely, feel supportive and give a good level of balance with comfort.
- Love the stability, zero drop is the best, I'm running daily in summer conditions and so breathability is important these do breath. The cushipoing feels focused to the shoe front and that works just great.
- I'm a huge guy, huge feet and I got a good fit with these, in fact the performance and comfort is so spot on with these I have now got a second pair for when the first pair wear down and can't be used anymore. Lovely shoe, stable, comfortable and cool on my feet.
- These let me land more naturaly and take off more naturally, I feel I can get a very natural stride going and the distribution of the cushioing and the zero drop design are great.
- I'm unlucky, though I like the shoe, 70 miles and I have a tear around the toe area of the right shoe, I have no idea why these have tore so quickly. I run hard surfaces about 4 times a week and no more than 5 miles each time, it's either a defect in the shoe or these are not durable enough. Before the tear happened I was full of praise because they are very good running shoes, I like the zero drop for my feet.
- After two months the outside sole showed serious wear, way too fast, worse came, the mesh by the toebox developed holes, for me this puts up a big question over durability.
- The sizing tool is badly off, these rubbed really bad on my toes, the blisters were a nightmare, when weariing these for running it is just total pain after just a mile or two, I guess these are fine for walking but for running they need a more accurate sizing method.
- The rubber bottom is starting to peel after just 4 weeks, the shoe itself has felt over snug but can be used for running, I give these a single star because of sizing and durability.
- Twenty minutes into running and along came the pain, these have a strange bump in the tread which throws my feet into strange positioing, sent these back quickly.
- A month into running and problems from the midfoot which kept digging into the arch of my foot, talk about uncomfortable, I can't even use these for walking, is this a design defect?
- 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