Recently, I started running in Topo shoes. I’ve had a few friends that love them. Since this is my first time trying Topo, I have no previous versions to compare it too. I was lucky enough that Topo sent me two pairs of shoes to test out.
Weight: 8.3 oz
The upper has minimal seams and has plenty of space. Topo is not available in wides; the regular width seems to be enough space for me. If you are looking for a wider forefront shoe, Topo is excellent for that.
I typically wear a women’s size 10-11 wide. The women’s size 10.5 fit well. It fits similar to the Altra Escalante and shares a lot of characteristics, including zero drop.
The Topo Magnifly 2 has a lot of cushion for a zero drop shoe. Before running in it, I thought it would be a minimal shoe, but I was surprised that it did have an ample amount of cushion. The cushion from Topo has a mix of a softer layer on the top and a much more firm and responsive bottom layer. This allows it to protect your feet but also still spring you forward.
Like any zero drop shoe, if you are not used to running in a zero drop shoe, it’s important to work into the shoe. If you jump into a longer run, you might be more likely to get injured or have tight calves.
The Topo Magnifly 2 was a surprise for me. I expected less cushion but I like the ride and that I can use the shoe for longer and easier runs. It will probably stay in my rotation as an easy run or long run shoe. If you like Altra or Altra Escalante, it’s a great shoe to alternate with.
Long Runs: Hoka Cavu 2
Races: Nike Fly, Reebok Run fast Pro
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Questions for you:
Have you tried Topo before?
What is your favorite shoe?