Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$100
Weight
Men: 8.4oz
Women: 6.9oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commended the breathable and flexible nature of this running shoe.
  • A good number of testers agreed that they experienced a smooth and highly responsive ride.
  • Several reviewers mentioned that the lightweight structure of the Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 was agreeable for all-day running sessions.
  • According to some consumers, the shoe provided enough traction on slick pavements and asphaltic surfaces.
  • A lot of runners loved the shoe’s spacious toe box.
  • Many testers agreed that the shoe was affordably-priced.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One of the runners said that the tongue unit was a little bit bulky.
  • Some runners complained that the laces easily unraveled by themselves.
  • A small number of buyers commented that there was a seam that rubbed and went over their big toes. This resulted in the painful cuts on both toes.

Bottom line

Many neutral road runners agreed that the Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 was able to offer a soft, flexible, and responsive ride. The new upper material gained fans as it delivered a comfortable and breathable coverage. Suffice it to say that it was generally welcomed as an efficient shoe that excels in a variety of speeds and distances. Although some had noted a few cuts on their big toes, others still recommended this shoe because of its roomy toe box and reasonable price.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 10 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The biggest change here is that the shoe is softer without the midsole getting any fatter—and, importantly, the shoe’s weight remains unchanged.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Bulldog Run • Steve Speirs • Level 3 expert

    Weight, look and fit are all pretty similar to the original, but the out-of-the-box experience and snazzy new colors should make this another winning shoe

  • 96 / 100 by Muscle and Miles • Crystal • Level 2 expert

    They have a bit more stucture than some of the other light shoes on the market so they are suitable for a variety of distances. Most importantly, they are highly responsive – foot to ground connection, spot on.

  • 93 / 100 by Bonk Proof • Jordan Hull • Level 2 expert

    They performed excellent on every surface and if you're running a hot, smooth Summer trail race, they need to be at the top of your gear list even for off-road miles.

  • 87 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 2 expert

    The Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 is lightweight enough for speed work on asphalt and tartan track. It is also great for long distances on hard surfaces like asphalt, packed trails, and concrete.

  • 81 / 100 by Midpack Gear • Midpack Gear • Level 2 expert

    On the road, the Fli-Lyte 2s have a nice feel - a little soft and mushy but still a bit responsive, definitely not a rubbery/bouncy feel

  • 86 / 100 by Dr. Nick's Running Blog • Dr. Nick Campetilli • Level 1 expert

    I occasionally wear this Fli-lyte on longer runs. If you’re looking for a minimalist shoe with more cushion, this is it.

  • 85 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Annette Vaughan • Level 1 expert

    It feels like a neutral shoe on the inside, but a stability shoe on the outside. If you wish to move to a more neutral shoe, but like the stability of your current shoes, this may be a good middle ground for you.

  • 80 / 100 by Jess Runs Blessed • Jessica • Level 1 expert

    These shoes are definitely worth a try if you are a neutral pronator in need of a wide toebox, lightweight shoe.

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Updates to Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2

  • The Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 features a Full-Length EVA Midsole that’s made to provide a more flexible and softer ride. It has a wide Anatomical Toe Box that allows natural splay.
  • An updated upper design adds durability and form to the façade. It also features a Printed Upper Pattern to provide midfoot security.
  • Lastly, a Rubber Outsole is layered beneath the midsole foam, and it provides enough traction and increased durability.

Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 size and fit

The Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 is a neutral road shoe that has a standard running shoe length when it comes to sizing. This best for users who prefer short and long-distance running activities. The available widths are D – Medium for the men’s version and B – Medium for the women’s version.

Outsole

The Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 utilizes a Rubber Outsole that enhances traction and increased durability. It has the ability to withstand any damage and pressure. It performs its function properly over a long period of time.

Midsole

In its midsole, the Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2 utilizes the Full-Length EVA material. The foam is soft and flexible. It provides enough cushioning and rebound properties. This technology is important in protecting the runner’s foot from feeling sharp objects during walking and running activities. Engineered with a 3-mm heel-to-toe drop, the cushioned midsole encourages foot motion and natural loading.

Upper

The Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 2has an updated Ultra Light Mesh that provides additional structure. It offers added durability without affecting the breathability and weight.

It utilizes a Printed Upper Pattern that provides a more snug and secure fit for the midfoot.

The Anatomical Toe box also plays an important role in the construction of the shoe. The roomy box promotes a more comfortable and natural toe splay. This prevents runners from experiencing issues like blisters, bunions, and cuts.