I love running in them on all surfaces, except gravel, which hurts and forces me to slow to a walk. The lightness of these shoes makes them a joy to sprint and climb hills in. And they are great for packing in a rucksack to travel in, compared to my regular size 12 trainers.
The only issue for me is durability. I have aleady worm small holes in the soles and the seams have split (you can see it alongside the black stripe, the stitching alongside the silver stripes appears to be stronger).
|Holes in the sole|
I do get asked a lot why I'm running in a pair of socks and its fun explaining that no, I'm not destroying my knees / hips / ankles and I'm happily running injury free. Another common conversation is how I can possibly run in something so tenuous when they have had their gait analysed in a sports shop and been told they overpronate or have fallen arches or flat feet... and have had to shell out good money for expensive running shoes with lots of cushioning, and orthotics to boot. And the sad thing is, even with all that technology, they are still suffering from injuries or pain while running. Part of the appeal of the Zem shoes is the simplicity of them. I continue to feel my feet becoming stronger and literally see the muscles along the arches developing.
I have seen a couple of rumours online that Zem are working on a running-specific version of their beach shoes. Bring it on! Apart from the durability, I can't fault the Round Toe Lows that I'm running in.