They're a new product made in Germany by Starringer, and I appear to be lucky enough to be one of the first, at least in Florida, to review them.
The running pads are like a hybrid between a running moccasin and huaraches. They have a soft, slightly padded, leather sole with sandal/huarache style toe and heel straps.
Opening the box, I was greeted by a packing invoice, the running pads, a nice looking felt carry bag with metal clip, a business card, and what I think is an advert for a German barefoot magazine.
|I must admit, I thought the carry bag was a nice touch. - JMB|
The Running Pads:
The nice people at Starringer, offered to send me a production size or a pair custom crafted to my (usually goofy shaped) feet. I chose to send them some tracings, with reference marks for size, and once we got the images verified, it was a quick process.
At first glance, you can tell a lot of thought went into the design and a great deal of care was put into their construction. All of the elastic has a silicone grip surface to prevent slipping and all of the seams are smoothed and reinforced.
I opted for the leather bottoms (there is a rubber option for urban running) for my test pair of running pads, as I use either barefoot or socks for running on pavement.
I intend to use these to keep me from stomping on thorns/sandspurs while running trails.
How Do They Fit?
The only thing I've worn that has fit as well "right out of the box" was a pair of huaraches that I made for running pavement.
The toe-thongs are in the exact spot I specified and the shape is dead-on accurate to my tracings.
There is also an additional toe strap that helps keep your toes and the running pads in close contact, and help to prevent the toe folding under when you occasionally use poor form/scuff your feet.
After 11months of running in super-thin huaraches, I think this is a nice touch.
Come back to check out my 1st Run Impressions once I've managed to put some miles into to these neat little trail running concepts.
Happy Running! ~ JMB