Skora sent me some of their Base runnning shoes to try out. I used to be a total barefoot runner, so I was definitely interested. I have run in Vibram Five fingers (not enough padding or breathablility) and run tons in Nike Free's, giving me plenty to compare these against.
I will do a full review later, but I did enjoy my first run in the Base shoes. They are definitely "zero-heel drop" as my calves will attest to. The padding/protection was tough enough to protect against rocks and such far more than the Vibrams, but I could still feel the undulations in the ground surface with no problem. Protection, but enhanced feel. Not bad!
Here is a graph of my heart rate, elevation, and speed for my first run in the Skoras. I warmed up and then did 3 x 10 minute intervals at 10k race pace. It was a good run for sure.
Once you get used to running in shoes like these, you develop bullet-proof ankles and stability. I was taking corners really quickly and enjoying the heck out of it. But be warned - I ran in the Skoras after years of barefoot running experience. If you've been running in clodhoppers regular running shoes, you need time to adapt to zero-droppers.
I am not sure yet, but I might prefer actual laces instead of the straps. I was a little worried about my feet slipping around too much when water or sweat got into them, but that didn't seem to be a problem. I'll soak them in water and run in them in a future test to be sure.
Here's a photo of them after my run. This is when I noticed how much they looked like cycling shoes. The water drops are my sweat. I know, gross awesome.
As a disclaimer, I am sure I get to keep these shoes. Nobody will want them after what I'm going to put these through. Obviously, I'll be non-biased as possible. Keep checking back for a long-term test results!