Atreyu Running Shoes Review

Atreyu Running Shoes Review

Atreyu Running Shoes Review:

Have you heard of Atreyu Running Shoes? Yes? No? Atreyu is a newcomer to the running world. In fact, Atreyu Running Shoes are taking preorders now and ship on July 1st.

Atreyu Running Shoes Review

According to the owner and founder, Michael Krajicek, Atreyu Running Shoes are here to change the running experience. Atreyu Running Shoes were born in Austin, Texas, and use a completely different business model than a typical running industry brand.
New things good things, right? I’ve had the pleasure to talk to Micheal and he is passionate about his brand, the running industry, and his shoes.

Atreyu Running Shoes have a different design model than any other running shoe brand. For now, they are only B2C, which means brand to the consumer. You won’t find them in Running Warehouse or Run Specialty stores (which…I hope one day they do). You can subscribe to receive a shoe when you need it, so you don’t forget to buy one. Plus, Atreyu Running Shoes will retail at $95 and for Atreyu Running Shoe subscribers: $75.  When more models come out, subscribers will also get exclusive access to them.

That’s one of the cheapest quality running shoes out there but does it perform like it’s $120-$130 counterparts? 

Atreyu Running Shoes sent me a pair from their factory to try. They arrived individually wrapped. I’ve never received a shoe individually wrapped and I love it. I personally think shoe boxes are becoming old and waste, but I’ve also stared at hundreds of thousands while working in run specialty.

Atreyu Running Shoes Review
Atreyu Running Shoes Review

Atreyu Running Shoe Quick Facts:

Weighs 5.6 oz
Heel to Toe Drop: 6 mm

Atreyu Running Shoes Fit:

The fit of Atreyu Running Shoes is one of the most simple designs of any running shoe I’ve tried. It’s a lightweight, seamless upper, and fits true to size. There is nothing extra to add weight. Even the shoelaces and tongue are light.

Atreyu Running Shoes Review
Atreyu Running Shoes Review

Written across the side of Atreyu Running Shoes is a motivational quote.  My pair said: “The Battle Lies Within”. According to the website, you might be able to add your own quote for team orders.

The look of Atreyu Running Shoes is simple and fresh, and the fit is good. I typically wear a women size 10-11 wide and the women size 10 fits well. It fits like they custom made it for my foot.  There is nothing extra on Atreyu Running Shoes, but nothing left out either.

Atreyu Running Shoes Review

Atreyu Running Shoes Ride:

The Atreyu Running Shoe ride is the most important part of the shoe. Will it last? Does it feel good during the run? As many readers know, I am recently coming off a calcaneus stress fracture. Working in run specialty, I’m picky about my shoes but now I’m even pickier.

The Atreyu Running Shoes ride is “old school.”  If you loved any of the first versions of the Saucony Kinvara or the New Balance 1400, you might like Atreyu Running Shoes.  It’s a simple EVA foam with a lower density. It’s extremely light but also well-cushioned.

As far as the ride, I’ve found it can be used for almost everything from easy runs to faster runs. I don’t say that often about any shoe (maybe just the original Hoka Cavu).  Once you lace it up, Atreyu Running Shoes disappear off of your foot and you forget your wearing them. It’s firm yet, cushioned. This is the type of trainer that many people are looking for (whether for speed workouts or racing), but the running industry has missed since the Saucony Kinvara was completely overhauled.

I’ve run just over 50 miles in Atreyu Running Shoes and haven’t had any issues.  While most of my runs have been easy, I’ve run a few faster and felt fine in every situation (from 7 min pace to over 10:30).

There isn’t a lot of traction on the Atreyu Running Shoes, but I’ve run in the rain with no issues. One thing I appreciate is that the upper is so lightweight, Atreyu Running Shoes doesn’t get soggy in the rain.

Atreyu Running Shoes Review

Atreyu Running Shoe Conclusion:

I am both shocked and excited about how much I like Atreyu Running Shoes. They are light but well cushioned and are the staple trainer I could keep with me at any time, not knowing what kind of run I’ll do that day. Atreyu Running Shoes are inexpensive and straightforward, which is what the running industry needs. For me, I think they’ll end up in my faster long run shoe category.  I cannot wait to see what else Atreyu Running Shoes comes out with.

Current Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Saloman Sonic 3 Balance, Hoka One One Elevon 2Brooks Glycerin 18 Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3Nike Vomero 14New Balance 1080 v10Diadora Mythos Blushield Blushield Hip 5,  Asics Cumulus 21

Speed Work: New Balance FuelCell RebelReebok Float Ride Run fast ProNike Pegasus Turbo 2

Long Runs: Atreyu Running Shoe, New Balance FuelCell RebelAltra Escalante 2.0, Hoka One One Cavu 3 Shoe Review

Races: New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Reebok Run fast Pro 

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

Looking to learn more about running shoes? In my ebook I talk about why you need a good running shoe, the anatomy of a shoe, neutral vs stable, and even myths of running shoes. 

Questions for you: 

Have you tried Atreyu Running Shoes?

What is your current favorite running shoe? 


1 Comment

  1. They already have my attention with their name being a Neverending Story reference and all. I LOVED the early model Kinvaras, so maybe I’ll give these a go.

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