A few months ago, in a fit of consumerism, I went a little cray on zappos.com and in one shopping session picked up the equivalent of a years worth of shoes (which for me is 3 pairs and hey, most of them were on sale). I finally got around to trying out this pair of Nike Flex Trail shoes on a trail run with Cheng this past weekend.
Having never owned a pair of “trail” shoes the first thing that struck me about these shoes was their stability, they feel significantly more sturdy than my other running shoes. Initially this made me a little concerned about the lack of cushioning and I was worried my feet and knees would soon be hating me.
Once I started moving down the trail the shoes were unexpectedly comfortable with just the right amount of cushion, flexibility and arch support (I may throw in a pair of superfeet insoles at some point, but for now the out of the box Nike insoles feel pretty good). My favorite thing about these shoes is how they handle rocks, roots and other jagged surfaces encountered while on the go in nature. The soles felt bulletproof, though I wouldn’t recommend testing it, I was cruising over rather jagged parts of the trail without concern for hurting my shoes or feet. In fact I seemed to be springing off of sharp parts in the trail as opposed to stepping gingerly through the uneven landscape.
I’m trying to cut back on the number of shoes and gadgets I buy to support my running and don’t feel that anyone really needs to have shoes suited specifically to the many different types of terrain they’ll be running, but after taking these bad boys out on the trail it’ll be fun to have them around to switch it up with from time to time.
Running in the woods is fun for me and if having spent the cash on this pair of shoes motivates me to get out there a little more often, I’ll take it.