” I grew up with World Balance as a common rubber shoes so seeing World Balance also now in the running world keeps me in touch with the much simpler world back then. Trying it on, World Balance Hurdle gave me a lightweight feel while running which made it easier going the distance.”
If the Shoes Fit
When it comes to running having the right shoes is easier said than done. There’s so much to consider. A lightweight shoes can really add in speed and reduce leg fatigue because of the lighter weight. Then there’s the cushioning which you need to protect the legs from the normal wear and tear of running. Lastly, you have to check your foot type to determine if you need further support. You have to balance several factors to get the shoes that brings you the optimal performance and reduce your propensity to injury.
“HURDLE is an ideal shoe for long-distance races, such as half-marathons or even a full marathon because it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all,” says Carlo Castronuevo, head of product marketing for World Balance. That’s because its outsole features a very lightweight High density compressed EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) that also gives it a good shock-absorbing property. The EVA also has rubber placed on the highest wear area which gives it added durability without putting on extra weight,” he adds.
Trying out New Balance Hurdle
I got my World Balance Hurdle last week and immediately went on a test run. It usually takes my feet time to adopt to a new shoes and would take a few runs before I get used to new shoes but for World Balance Hurdle it felt comfortable at first use. It has a TERRA-SOFT® Insole Technology that is comfortable, gives extra cushioning, is shock-absorbing, and is washable which secures the legs on each foot strike. It comes with a resilient EVA foam that gives the shoe extra cushioning and durability. The more obvious feature I noticed is being lightweight at 8 ounces. I’m used to racing at shoes above 9 ounces so having a shoes at 8 ounces felt really light on the feet. Imagine the savings with the weight of the shoes when you have thousands of steps within a run. The upper material is made of breathable air mesh with microfiber overlays for added support. It also has a padded tongue and collar that provides for comfy fit. The lace-up front closure comes in brightly colored laces for a secure fit and premium “look”. Lastly, the textile lining allows for air to circulate freely.
My first run with World Balance Hurdle was a 10K Run around our neighborhood and since the shoes had the lightweight feel, it felt easy and was able to speed up during my run. Aside from reduce stress from a lighter shoes, the cushioning of the TERRA-SOFT® Insole Technology had my knees and calf secured from the impact of the strides. Even on the tail end of the run, my legs still felt relaxed due to the lighter shoes and the sufficient cushioning enabling me to finish strong. I also had a longer 12K run around Makati for my weekend run and as usual it was comfortable running with World Balance Hurdle. It was fun running around Makati by foot and World Balance Hurdle can give you a good option when it comes to a reliable running shoes.
If you’ve been following my races, you’ll know that I am biased with flashy colors when it comes to shoes and that’s another thing I appreciate with World Balance Hurdle. They come in flashy colors. My hurdle is in shades of blue with a neon green tongue and lace, which makes it noticeable by day and most especially during night runs which is the time I usually train.
The World Balance Hurdle is best for long distance runners doing half or full marathons which gives its wearer supreme lightweight experience while doing the distance. The World Balance Hurdle is now available in World Balance stores and SM, Robinsons, and various department stores nationwide and priced at an affordable P1,999.
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