Disclosure: I was provided this product from Airia for the product review; however, all opinions are my own.
I was recently contacted by Airia, the designers of the Airia One running shoes to do a product review for them. Their strong claim is that their special shoes will help you run faster (up to 7% speed improvement in tests). They are designed by a Swedish company, which has over 170 years in the design and making of shoes. The Airia One shoes retail for $190.00 US.
The shoe is quite unusual looking, with the toe area positioned slightly vertical. Airia One’s concept is based on the wheel, to achieve that perfect feeling of flow. Airia One has an asymmetric design which combines a zero drop with a 6mm drop sole. This allows you to run with less ground contact time and helps to keep the power in the stride more in line with the running direction.
Here is a promotional video from the manufacturer.
My Running & Shoe Background
I have been running since May 2010. As of this review, I have logged over 3,500 miles in running which includes 3 marathons, 16 half marathons, and numerous 5k & 10k events. I typically do two training runs during the week (avg. 4-5 miles each), and then a long distance run on the weekend.
For the past three years, I have been running in Brooks Adrenaline shoes. After many tests, these work for me, because I have a high arches and over pronate. In addition to the shoes, I also use Currex High Insoles for further support. I probably have over 2,500 miles in with this model shoe and continue to be quite satisfied.
When Airia contacted me about doing a review of the Airia One, I immediately went to the Internet to have a look. My first reaction was that this was a quite strange looking shoe. Because of the needed support as I mentioned above, I had my doubts, but I kept an open mind to give a fair review, that will hopefully help others. When the box arrived, it was well packaged, with interesting sayings in the box as you opened it. There was a warning letter in the box as well, which you can tell was translated after the fact into English and had a few grammatical errors. Here are a few pictures from the opening process.
My first cause for concern was when I pulled the shoes out of the box. They were already torn in the toe box. You can tell the glue is there, but it was not adhered like the left shoe. This reflects a quality issue, when I had not even put the shoes on yet. At $190.00, I would have probably immediately boxed them back up and sent them back. However, since I was reviewing them for Airia, I pressed on.
In putting them on for the first time, the vertical toe box was eye catching. It is true that you can definitely tell a difference. I do not like white shoes, for me personally, this would be a reason for me to overlook these shoes, even if they were a value add to my running. Running 400-500 miles in a pair of shoes, they tend to get dirty fast, so this would dissuade me, just from an esthetics standpoint. There should probably be other color options to give runners varieties.
Run 01: 1 Mile on Treadmill (Average Pace: 8:00 Minute Mile)
As soon as I opened the box, I put the Airia Ones on and hit the treadmill for a one mile run to test them out. They are true when they say you cannot walk in them. They are only for running. They definitely had a different feeling, but after a few tenths of a mile, I think I was getting the hang of them. Normally I run on the treadmill in the 6.5-7.0 mph range. On this run, I was immediately hitting the 8mph range without much stress. Below is a slow motion video of my run. As you can tell, I land on the heel and roll up to the toe.
Here is a short video from the front.
It doesn’t appear there is a complete roll to the toe. (Picture of bottom)
Run 02: 4 Mile Street Run (Average Pace: 10 Minute Mile)
The following day I did a second run in the Airia Ones. This was a 4 mile run on asphalt. I have to admit that I was impressed because I did not feel structurally awkward. I followed the instructions Airia gave, which was to let the shoes work. I mad a point of trying to let the shoes roll underneath me.
After a few additional runs in the shoes, I have to say they are just not for me. My feet were sort, primarily because these is no support in the shoes. As I said I have high arches and over pronate, so there is just no support for this. If you do not have this issue, they may work for you. Also, on my longer runs, the ankles, knees, and hips would start to get really sore.
I would like to thank Airia for asking me to review their product, and I hope this has helped others in their consideration of the Airia One shoes. Unfortunately, they just did not meet my standards for a running shoe.
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