Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $90
  • Weight
    Men: 6.8oz
    Women: 5.6oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm
  • Heel height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Unknown
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90 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Ultra Runner Joe

    From the gym aspect, it’s a very solid shoe. Whether you work out at home or the gym, it is a shoe that will get the job done for every workout.

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Updates to Topo Athletic COR

  • The Topo Athletic Cor was crafted as a multi-purpose shoe for fitness training, light running, and walking. The trainer builds on the success of the Topo Athletic ST-2, a minimalist running shoe. It borrows the latter’s low-profile midsole with a 0-mm drop for stability and enhanced underfoot proprioception.  
  • The upper unit sports a simplistic look with a one-piece mesh upper. It uses elasticized gore instead of a tongue for easy on-and-off. A zigzagged hook-and-loop Velcro strap is added on the midfoot for a secure foothold.

Topo Athletic COR size and fit

The Topo Athletic Cor is available in women’s US sizes 6 to 12 as well as in men’s US 7 to 15. A Size Chart on the brand’s official website helps in converting one’s foot length into the corresponding US, EU, and UK sizing schemes. Widthwise, the shoe comes in D - Medium and B - Medium profiles for men and women respectively. The Cor is designed to have a wide forefoot to give the toes ample room for splaying naturally. The fit is adjusted with the help of a hook-and-loop strap on the midfoot.

Outsole

The Topo Athletic Cor makes use of an intricate tread pattern on its outsole unit. The treads vary in shapes and sizes and intersperse with flex grooves to make the platform pliable in multiple directions.

Parts of the outsole are covered with carbon rubber. This material is grippier and more durable than regular rubber. It is strategically placed in the forefoot and the heel sections to deliver protection and traction where it is most needed.

Midsole

The Topo Athletic Cor features a moderately plush EVA midsole to give the wearer a layer of protective cushioning. This material is also made flexible to accommodate the bending of the foot during a training session.

There is a 0-mm heel-to-toe differential which implies that the heel is placed on the same level as the forefoot. Such positioning of the foot helps it stay steady during high-intensity workouts and weightlifting.  

The stack height of the midsole and the outsole combined measures at 16 mm. This thickness puts the foot close to the ground, offering better feedback from the surface but at the same time and guarding the underfoot against sharp objects.

Upper

The trainer aims to give athletes a second-skin feel by employing a lightweight one-piece mesh upper. The structure of the mesh allows it to wrap the foot firmly and yet flex easily whenever needed. The ventilation pores allow fresh air to come inside the foot chamber and keep it free of odor and heat.   

An elastic gore is embedded into the collar instead of a tongue. Its stretchable nature allows the foot to effortlessly slide in and out of the shoe. However, it remains taut and braces the instep when the footwear is on the wearer.

The foothold is further strengthened by a firm synthetic hook-and-loop strap. It has a shape of a zigzag to increase the area of support. Once the Velcro is fastened, the strap locks the midfoot in place.


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