Inov 8 Road-X 255 Running Shoe - Men's
You want to get into a minimalist running shoe, but you'd rather make a smart, slow transition instead of just dashing outside barefoot. The Inov 8 Road-X 255 Running Shoe has a 9mm difference from heel to toe which offers a smooth transition into the minimalist running world. Basically, this means you can gradually go from striking with your heel (which you do on the raised heel of non-minimalist shoes) to striking with your forefoot. Cushioning underfoot supports both racing and everyday training, and the sticky rubber outsole handles slippery terrain.
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November 17, 2013
First off I love inov-8's and all of their shoes and this is my favorite running shoe that I've owned, but after about 6 months of running 12-20+ miles per week the shoe's mesh material ripped open on the front outside of the shoe. I'm guessing it was from my foot pressing outwards with a forefoot under pronating foot strike. I've never had a shoe rip like that before. I'd expect normal wear and tear on the sole of the shoe but not on the fabric itself. It seems like they tried to make the shoe so light that the material itself doesn't hold up over time. Other than the shoe itself falling apart, I love them. I may try the road-x 233's or road extreme 208's and see if they hold up any better. The f-lite 220's (which I own as well) have a much thicker material around the outside of the shoe and I wish inov-8 made a road shoe with the same design to keep rips like the one I had from happening.
For $50 this shoe is well worth it. Except for durability, its the best running shoe out there.
Great running shoes
September 28, 2012
I bought these shoes for work, I'm a valet attendant, and a lot of my job is running through a parking lot and they are amazing. Super comfortable, and just the right amount of padding. And i really love grip they have on the bottom. My legs and feet don't hurt after an 8 hour shift, and i will definitely buy another pair when these go.
April 18, 2012
These shoes have a really weird fit. The entire foot bed bends inward (towards the big toe).
They had way to much material on them, and felt cheap. I love Inov8, but i sent these back right away.
Great Neutral Ride
April 23, 2012
I've put about 200 miles on my Road-X 255s and loved them. Great anatomical fit, breath-ability, and super light weight. Did not get 5 stars because of durability. The heel in my right shoe is completely warn through the padding. I've never had any blisters, and I've always liked the fit, but I think at about 250 miles I'll be turning these into a pair of lawn mowing shoes.