1. Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2
I really fell in love with these light, responsive, and stable shoes from Inov-8. They’re an update from the original F-Lite 235, and are better in almost every way—a more secure fit, 40% denser heel rubber, and a more flexible outsole. They feel low and connected to the ground, but are featherweight and give you a light-but-confident step, no matter the exercise.
These shoes feel solidly molded to your feet while still allowing a lot of secure flexibility. They boast a compact rubber “Powerheel,” along with a built-in heel lock strap and zero drop from heel to forefoot. The front toe box is nice and roomy, with a knit mesh top for ventilation, and the sides have an airier mesh cover that lets the heat out nicely.
The only cons are what attracted me to them in the beginning: the light construction. While it allows them to be super nimble, it seems like they may not be very durable and last that long after busting big iron week after week. Other than that, and the fact that they run big, these are an excellent shoe for training if you like to feel light, locked down, and flexible when you lift.
Sizing: Runs big
Drop from heel to forefoot: 0 mm
Weight: 235 grams
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