I’ve wanted to try the Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo (or just Diadora Mythos Volo) for a few months. Is it because it looks good? I like the feel of lightweight but durable trainers? Or I just like shoes that aren’t “so mainstream”?
Alas, moving away from New Jersey does have its disadvantages. Most people remember Diadora for their soccer shoes, but Diadora has been engaged in the running space for a few years. In fact, South Jersey RunningCo. (where I worked for long) was the first to carry Diadora running shoes. With Diadora’s headquarters in Philadelphia, it makes sense!
You can see other Diadora shoes I’ve reviewed, including: Diadora Fly, Diadora Mythos Elite TRX, and Diadora Mythos Blushield Hip 5.
Anyway, onto the Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo review:
Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo Quick Stats:
Weight: 10 oz
Heel to toe drop: 10 mm
Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo Introduction:
When you first look at the Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo, there is no denying how “good it looks.” Most running shoes look like running shoes, but Diadora has mastered making the shoe look fun and fashionable.
The Italian design looks like it belongs in a high fashion magazine versus on your foot pounding miles. As someone who loves America’s Next Top Model reruns, I feel like it was made for me. The look is just one thing that makes Diadora great, but all of their shoes are quality and look good.
The Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo is a lightweight daily trainer competing against shoes like the Brooks Ghost, Saucony Ride, or Nike Pegasus.
Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo Fit:
Diadora engineered the Mythos Volo to be their lightest shoe yet. The reduction of weight comes from a mesh nylon upper and fewer seams. Very few running shoes use mesh nylon blended upper, but the Mythos Volo is both breathable and light. Diadora used a 3D-printed logo on the midfoot, which adds structure without the weight. So it’s branded while still maintaining a lightweight feel. Of any shoe to use nylon in the upper, I strongly believe the Volo is the best. (I would love to hear other opinions about this).
Very few shoes fit big, but the Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo is one of them. Since Diadora is designed in Italy, their shoes have a different last than many United States brands. I typically wear between a women’s size 10-11 wide, and the women’s size 10 fits well. I don’t often recommend going down a half size, but I probably would with the Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo. I believe most every Diadora shoe I’ve worn; I’ve utilized a size 10.
Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo Ride:
The Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo’s midsole is made up of 2 pieces: a Blushield layer surrounded by traditional EVA. Diadora’s technology is called Blushield, and it’s springy but comfortable. (Like adidas uses the “boost” or Brooks uses “DNA.” The bottom has a window into the sole where you can see the Blushield—a window into the soul of the shoe (versus sole LOL).
To keep the Mythos Volo soft, Diadora softened the ride with Diadora’s Blueshield cushioning and Morpho base. That way, it won’t feel too firm under your feet. The midsole absorbs impact on landing while remaining responsive. The “Morphobase mimics the shape of your foot for smoother transitions and inherent stability. What does that mean? It’s stable if you want it and not if you don’t.
The Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo’s outsole has more traction on the bottom of the heel. The heel of the Volo has more traction than the forefoot, but both are going to grasp the shoe better than almost any other daily trainer.
For a heavier trainer, the Volo transitions well. It doesn’t feel like a bulky or cumbersome running shoe. I’ve taken the Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo out for easy runs, harder effort runs, long runs, and recovery runs. For me, it works best as an easy or daily run shoe. The first run I took it out was a 10 miler, and I forgot it wasn’t a shoe I hadn’t run in before. It just felt good with no issues and felt like it had been in my rotation for weeks.
Now, I’ve run about 100 miles in the Volo with minimal wear. It looks like it will last the traditional route of about 300-400 miles.
Diadora Mythos Volo Conclusion:
The Volo is a great option for Diadora. First, it’s hard to deny how GOOD the Diadora Mythos Volo looks but for how good it looks; it performs just as well. I suggest finding a local running store to try them on because they do run bigger.
The last thing to note about the Volo is they are almost exclusively in brick and mortar stores. If you want to purchase a pair, you’ll have to shop locally. (I’m glad at least one brand is working that way). I suggest South Jersey RunningCo. but there are plenty of stores that carry Diadora.
My Current Shoe Rotation:
Easy/Daily Runs Saloman Sonic 3 Balance, Brooks Glycerin 18, Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3, Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo, Brooks Ricochet 3, Nike Pegasus 37, New Balance 1080 v10, Hoka Bondi 7, Asics GlideRide.
Speed Work: Nike Tempo Next%, New Balance Fuelcell TC Shoe Review, Reebok Float Ride Run fast Pro,
Long Runs: Hoka Clifton Edge, Under Armour Sonic HOVR 3
Trail Running/Hiking: Hoka Torrent 2, Saucony Peregrine 10, New Balance Hierro v5
Races: adidas Adizero Pro, Asics MetaRacer, New Balance Fuelcell 5280, Nike Next%, Saucony Endorphin Pro, New Balance fuelcell TC, Reebok Run fast Pro
You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.
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Questions for you:
Have you tried Diadora Mythos Blushield Volo or Diadora?
Did you ever have a Diadora soccer shoe?
My husband just started running in Diadora shoes. Surprising because he was a die hard Newton fan, but after trying on a bunch of shoes at the local shop, he picked the Diadora. I think he picked the Hip Fly? The names don’t make a lot of sense to me so they all just kind of sound alike 🙂 The only issue he has is that the top rubs his toes. But, he’s not quitting them and now has a callus to protect his toes! They are good looking shoes.
The bottom has a window into the sole where you can see the Blushield—a window into the soul of the shoe (versus sole LOL).
This is the cheese we need on a shoe review! Also very cool they are keeping the shoe in stores. The pair you set me up with in 2017 or 2018 are still holding up well actually. I still remember you telling me, hey, you should kick it a bit in a pair of our new Diandra’s and I was like well, uhm, I’m not looking for soccer shoes.
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