Product Review: Salming Miles Running Shoe
My contact at Salming Running was nice enough to offer me a pair of the brand new Salming Miles running shoe to review for my readers. This is a new long distance shoe with ample cushioning but not a spongy feel. I first was sent the Womens version and they were too small, so I opted to try out the Men's. I will say though, that I am not someone who wears a whole lot of green. But, because of my love for running shoes, I wasn't going to pass up a chance to try these out, despite the color!
Let's talk about the shoes, shall we?
Weight: 11.4 oz (size 9)
Stack Height: 25 mm (Heel), 21 mm (Forefoot)
I have put about 20 miles on these shoes thus far. I would have run more mileage before my review, but because of my Achilles injury, I have to be very careful about my footwear and stick closely to the Dr-approved shoes. The Salming "Miles" shoe, is plush, but does not make my feet feel like they are lost in a pillow. I definitely can feel the amount of "cush" and being a heavier runner, it is very much appreciated. I felt as though the firmness was just enough for pushing-off, without the shoe being too stiff and clumsy on my feet. I tend to gravitate towards a lower drop shoe that has good road-feel to it, and allows me to feel my steps on the pavement.
The look? Well, it's certainly an eye-catching green. You'll definitely stand out in a crowd wearing these. The women's pink is rather flashy too, and I really like the look. I wish I could have gotten the womens version but the largest size is a 10.5 which was way too small for me. If you bounce between a womens 10.5 and 11, you might want to consider getting the mens version instead.
Here are some of my observations about the shoes:
Upper: Two layers of a mesh type material. Quite porous, so if you run in the rain, you will get wet feet. However, for me that happens regardless of what shoes I wear!
The overlay that goes across the toes is a plastic-y feeling material. I don't really care for the look of it, but it doesn't compromise the shoe in any way. I guess if you have wide toes, they might get scrunched up a little bit.
The upper is a seamless exoskeleton, that I think looks great. I didn't notice any weird bending spots or creases when walking and running.
I love the thickness of the tongue. Nicely padded and cushioned. This padding goes around the upper and the Achilles area of the shoe feels great. Did not irritate my injury at all.
The sole of the shoe is made of a very light rubber material that holds up well. Many runners have said they get tons of mileage out of these shoes and the sole doesn't show any wear. The sole is quite rugged, and I plan on doing some trail running in these. The traction is very solid. I may even use these for cycling every now and then.
Salming uses a TGS 62/75° principle. Their thoughts were that they would design a shoe with the first 62% of the shoe offering more stability. There is a 75* angled line before the rubberized forefoot, and this allows for more flexibility in the shoe. A new recoil midsole provides shock absorption and allows for high rebound transition.
How about some specs? (Courtesy of Running Warehouse)
How It Fits (based on width D)
- Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe length
- Heel: Medium
- Midfoot: Medium
- Forefoot: Medium
- Toebox Height: Medium
- Arch Structure: Medium
- Shoe Shape: Curved
So what is my overall opinion of this shoe? I think it is a worth opponent to any of the competing long distance type shoes on the market. Salming has come a long way since hitting the USA running shoe market. I am looking forward to trying more of their products in the future!