Retro rocks when you put a modern spin on it.
You are a walking, talking juxtaposition. Tech takes the cake but you favor fashion from days gone by. The Inov8 Men's F-Lite 195 Classic Running Shoe was made for you—retro styling with cutting edge tech. F-Lite can stand for whatever you want it to, but this is one darn-tootin' light shoe. Even when you both of them, you still don't have a pound of footwear on. The 3mm heel-forefoot drop supports your continued journey from full-cushioned to minimalist running shoes without completely taking away rear foot cushioning. Your foot won't flop around in the shoe due to the Precision last and Met-Cradle webbing, and TPU overlays up the ante on lateral foot support.
The Fascia Band below helps propel you forward and reduce fatigue by mimicking the natural function of your plantar fascia ligament—big words that mean a band in your foot. The sticky rubber outsole helps you get a grip on the ground, even when it's wet and unreliable. Meta-Flex grooves in the sole means the shoes flexes with your foot for a synergistic movement between man and shoe. In the 195 Classic, you can create the same stylish synergy between your running outfit and shoe as you get between your shoe and your foot.
- Synthetic uppers
- TPU overlays
- Mesh lining
- Met-Cradle webbing
- 3mm heel/forefoot drop
- Fascia Band
- Meta-Flex grooves on outsole
- Sticky rubber outsole
- Q & A
Gotta Try 'Em All
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
The best thing about Inov-8 is their variety, but it's also the worst thing. It means you have to try on as many different styles of shoe as you can before you settle on the one that's going to be just right for you, so go to the store and try 'em before you buy 'em. However, you simply cannot go wrong with this classic lightweight runner. It fits a barefoot profile with a wider toe box and a true-to-size footprint, is ridiculously light, and doesn't attract the routine shaming that 5-fingers and similar shoes unleash. Do not size up! I size mine to wear without socks, but as they break in, I find I can wear socks in them very comfortably.
I like them best for CrossFitting and running insanely long distances. For a while, they were SO popular among CrossFitters you could actually pick them out in a crowd by looking solely at their shoes...
Finally, if you find a pair that fits perfectly, but several of them when they go on sale in your size, because they will wear out faster than many other shoes, especially if you're doing more than running in them.
And yes, they will stink. A lot. But I don't really care.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
After running in the F-Lite 230's for over a year, I decided to make the transition to the 195's. Same great quality I've come to expect from Inov 8 and, as a bonus, the color is freaking sweet. If you are just entering the world of minimalist running shoes, be ready for your calves to burn and consider starting with something that has a littler larger drop. I caught these on sale and picked up two pairs; one for now, one for later.