The Kinvara has been around for several years and generally has a good reputation. This was my first time in a pair and I was very impressed. Out of the box, it was one of the most comfortable shoes that I have ever put on. Everything fit just right.
It is a very good looking shoe – I went with the black pair shown at the top, but I’ve included pictures and links to two men’s pairs and two women’s pairs.
The shoe has a 22mm heel and an 18mm forefoot – a 4mm drop. The size 10 weighed in at 8.2 ounces on my scale – wow! That is really light for a size 10.
The length was average and the width was average, except the toe box, which was a bit wider than normal. As someone who usually has to go with a 2E or 4E shoe, I loved this! If you have a wide foot and have trouble finding shoes, definitely give the Kinvara 5 a try!
It wasn’t all roses. I didn’t love the sole of this shoe. The material is soft and I felt like it would not last as long as a firmer sole. It is definitely comfortable, but I think it’s always important to consider durability. Finally, I don’t think this shoe would do much for you on trails, although there is also a Kinvara trail (and a Kinvara with Gore-Tex).
– can be used for training or racing
– an extremely comfortable fit
– a wide toebox
– fairly priced at around $100
– a good looking shoe
– questionable durability
– too light?
Have you ever run in Kinvaras? What did you think?