Bit of history; I can remember when I first came across the Trailroc 235s on one of those ‘top ten best off-road shoes’ lists in some corner of the internet. I was drawn to the way they looked, the design, colouring and minimalism of them – it was the first time I had seen a minimal 0-drop trail shoe and I had never heard of this company ‘Inov-8’ before (must be an American thing). The only thing that put me off buying them there and then was the price – retail at around £95? I had sworn to never spend over £50 on a pair of running shoes…… Little did I know what would become of those thoughts……
A few months later I ran an incredibly muddy race (Muddyrace!) in Worcestershire in some minimal shoes advertised as trail shoes but were essentially flat from being worn down in training – I ran a strong race and felt like I could/should have won but was completely unable to turn corners or run on slopes without ending up flat on my face. I ended up in third place and a comment from first place got to me: “I could tell you were a strong runner at the start but as soon as I saw you slip I looked at your shoes and knew I could take you.”
Written by me: Keith Fairburn
Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist, S&C Coach.
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