In this review, I will be talking about the Salming Distance A2 running shoe. Now, when I first received this shoe I was a lot happier than the first model I received. I was given the A3 model but unfortunately I could only use it once because the toe box just wasn't wide enough and my toes went numb multiple times on a 4 1/2 mile run. Even though this model is no longer the current model I am glad I got to test it out. Hopefully going forward on future models they go back to this toe box design or at least offer a wide width for people who occasionally need it like me. Which I should add, I'm starting to notice the need for a wider width in some shoes for my toes despite having a pretty narrow foot.
I like the look of the shoe. I liked the bright yellow of the A3 model but this is a shoe that will not get dirty looking easily and could even be worn for casual outings. The negative in that case is that the shoe doesn't feel that smooth and great to walk in. Running in it feels good, but it tends to feel a little stiff to walk in. Even after putting in currently around 55 miles in it, the firmness is consistent. While running in it, I tend to feel the stiffness but it doesn't seem to bother me. Part of the problem is my heel striking form which isn't what the shoe was designed for. So with my gait, I tend to heel strike and supinate, eventually leveling out to neutral.
Despite this, the shoe still feels good to run in. I have not experienced any foot pains or nagging issues while running in it. There doesn't feel like there is a lot of cushion in it but I haven't felt like I was pounding the pavement and sidewalk either. The cushion feels just right to where it's not too soft but also not minimal. I do also feel like I have a slight spring in my run as I toe off. This makes me feel like I get to conserve some of my energy during the run.
Like the other shoes I've reviewed, this one is not heavy and feels light on my feet. My shoe is a size 11 Men's and weighs about 8.5 ounces. Again, because of the firmness I tend to notice the shoe on my foot more but that has nothing to do with the weight of the shoe. The mesh upper keeps the shoe comfortable and cooler so my feet haven't felt hot. The 5mm heel to toe drop keeps this shoe in line with pretty much everything I've tried so far.
Overall I like this shoe. I can't say it's my favorite Salming shoe since I really loved the Race R21 but this is still a shoe I run in weekly and will get the full use out of. My feet have felt comfortable and secure which is the main thing for me. If you can find the A2 model anywhere I recommend grabbing it. If not, give the A3 a shot. Just because the toe box was too narrow for my foot shape, doesn't mean you will have that issue.