Shoe Review: Saucony Hattori Minimalist Shoe
*Note of precaution: Whenever transitioning into a minimal shoe it is incredibly important to do so with great caution and mindfulness. Take your time. It's normal for the transition to take months and sometimes years.
I've been loving Chi Running in my new pair of Saucony Hattori shoes. Let me start by saying they fit like a glove with no weird lumps or pressure points anywhere. The uppers are soft and stretchy, but not sloppy. They allow my foot to move very naturally and I feel almost no restrictions in my movement.
They're zero-drop, and I'm guessing they have about a 6mm sole thickness... just enough to feel the ground without feeling every grain of sand.
The soles have a nice tread pattern that works great for trail running and pressure points under the big toe, the 1st metatarsal head and the heel are covered by a more dense type of rubber that effectively disallows any sharp objects from being felt. Along with this, there's a nice arch support which few minimal shoes seem to have. I like it.
There's a nice, thin Velcro strap across the instep that does a great job of holding my foot in place with no lateral slippage on rough terrain and with no feeling of constriction.
I prefer to run with these shoes on trails because my personal taste shifts toward a bit more sole thickness for road running. I've been using these shoes for t'ai chi as well and they're perfect for that.
These shoes are also a fabulous Chi Walking shoe for any terrain from sidewalks to trails. They'd even make a great water shoe.
All in all a really great, fun shoe. Oh, and did I mention that they're about as heavy as a whisper?
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