Shoe love is true love.

I get asked a lot about the shoes I am wearing in my pictures. (or while running races).


I thought I would take a moment to talk about my favorite go-to shoe, since I get a lot of questions about them.


Sometime in the spring, I was given a sample pair of pre-production Skora Running Tempos. You can read all about the technical specs of the shoe here… but that isn’t my forte and will stick to my personal experiences.

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I had two marathons on the calendar for late-spring and I decided it was a good idea to stay with one pair of shoes to eliminate those scary “new gear” variables for racing. I immediately fell in love with the colorway I was sent, and dubbed them my “Tinkerbell shoes.” These shoes saw me through training runs, and a few half marathons.

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Remembering back, the first couple times I wore them, I was conscious of the insole. The shoes have more of an arch than the other Skoras I have. I didn’t hurt. I was just conscious that it was there. After a couple of runs, I didn’t notice it anymore.

These shoes definitely have more cushion than the others in the line-up, so while I was ramping up my miles, my feet didn’t seem to mind. I decided the silver bullet solution for me is Tempos + Injinji toe socks for long runs.

I spent a lot of time on the trails, with some hill work on paved roads. The shoes held up great, although the technical sections of Clinton Lake trails definitely could have used a rockplate in the shoe. Jumping down and landing on a big pile of rocks never really feels good, I suppose.

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My first trail marathon was Free State Trail Marathons at Clinton Lake. I was super pumped about the race… but man, that weather forecast though. The runners doing longer distances had a head start on marathoners and half marathoners. As I started running, the sprinkles came, and then about a mile in, the downpour. It was my first marathon. My first trail marathon. I didn’t know what to do, so I followed everyone else. Without making this a full-fledged race report, let me just say that it was a slop-fest. A shitshow. It sucked. The trail became unrunnable after 16 miles or so, so I ended up walking, slipping, falling and sliding my way to the finish.

My shoes were covered in mud. At each water crossing, I stopped to clean my shoes the best I could. They were just so heavy and slick!

Never before have I ever been so happy to see a finish line!

My second trail marathon was Flint Hills Trail Run. Yay for great weather! I think runners toward the end were complaining about the heat, but I was just thrilled by not having to wade through mud and pull myself up hills using tree roots.

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I started the run with fellow Skora lover, Geoffrey. At around 9 miles or so, I put on the turbo-boost and ditched him. (Not really. But maybe he thinks so! Haha)

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The start line was sloppy, and there was one ankle-deep spot on the trail, but other than that, I had clear sailing. (That boggy start really sucked though. Nothing like getting your feet soaked right away!) It is nice that the Tempos are so meshy – the water drains right out, whereas my other shoes will hold the mud and sludge forever!


After my marathons were over, I had to make some tough decisions. My shoes were just trashed. The soles looked great! The shoe looked great! But inside, was another story. All my cushiony-foamy-cushion (real industry jargon right there!) was gone. I needed to retire my beloved Tinkerbell shoes.image1 (19)

I decided to give the other colorway a whirl since they have pretty coral shoe strings! YAY for pink and orange and coral things!


And I liked them.


I wore them.


But I missed my Tinkerbells.


So I ordered another pair of Tinkerbells.

And I save them for nice.


And use the coral ones for dirty or muddy days.

Sigh. Shoe love is true love.


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