Before a few months ago, when I thought of the brand Diadora, I thought of soccer shoes. Even fashion shoes, but definitely not running.
Diadora is an Italian company that is slowly breaking into the running industry. If you are local, they are creating their US headquarters in Camden, NJ. Pretty cool since most running brands are based out of the West Coast or Boston area.
Diadora has designed the midsole with their “Blushield technology”. What does this mean? The BlueShield technology is designed to provide dynamic stability. So it’s stable when you need it and not when you don’t. This is especially good if one-foot pronates more than the other or your gait drastically changes at the finish of the run.
It’s very soft and cushioned. I like how light and responsive it is. One thing I appreciated is right out of the box, the shoe felt great. I never felt as though I needed to “adjust to them” or “break them in”. You shouldn’t feel like that anyway, but I felt good when I added these to my rotation.
There is plenty of cushioning in both the heel and forefront of the shoe to absorb the impact. Even with all of the cushioning, you still maintain a lot of contact with the ground, and they are responsive.
As far as running shoes go, these are one of the widest brands out there. They are cut on an overall more full and straight last. Typically I wear a women size 10-11 wide, and the regular 10 felt bigger than any other 10 I’ve worn. I stuck with the 10, and it’s a good fit for me.
The upper has no seems which is great for someone with bunions. It is lightweight and breathable. I don’t have any complaints.
I was pleasantly surprised and like the Diadora Fly. You won’t find a lot of information online about them, because they are newer to the running scene. In fact, local to me in New Jersey they are available to Philly Runner, Haddonfield RunningCo, Runners High, and Brooklyn Runner. Diadora is a high-quality brand, and I’m enjoying them. I hope they continue to stay in the industry.
If you like the Brooks Ghost, Brooks Launch, Saucony Ride, Saucony Kinvara, Mizuno or Wave Rider, New Balance 1400, or Nike Pegasus they might fit nicely into your rotation.
Races: Nike Fly, Saucony Type A
Questions for you:
Have you ever worn a smaller brand?
What is your current favorite shoe?