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
$90
Weight
Men: 6.9oz
Women: 5.6oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority mentioned that the Topo Athletic ST-2 offered remarkable cushioning.
  • Many runners appreciated the light weight of the shoe since it saved their feet from getting excessively tired during the runs.
  • Several users said that the footwear had a sturdy build that held up well, even after many miles of running.
  • A lot of users liked the wider toe-box of the shoe since it enabled them to move their toes freely.
  • A few runners admired the natural, closer-to-ground feel in the Topo Athletic ST-2.
  • Some of the users said that a pair of the ST-2 WAS easy to pack; they flattened in their suitcases easily.
  • A wearer mentioned that the shoe felt great on roads and pavements.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users thought that the sole of the shoe was neither sufficiently cushioned nor responsive.
  • A few customers had issues with the sizing of the Topo Athletic ST-2.

Bottom line

The Topo Athletic ST-2, with its minimalist design, wide toe box, and a zero heel-to-toe drop, offers a very natural and closer-to-ground feel to its users. The shoe is great for running on pavements and the asphalt. However, due to its minimal cushioning, the users might feel aberrations on the ground if they run in these shoes on even only very slightly rough terrains. The shoe has a sturdy build, a roomy inside and a barefoot design for those who welcome the natural gait while running.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 28 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
7%
3 star
18%
2 star
7%
1 star
7%

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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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81 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by asdebord • asdebord • Level 1 expert

    Very flexible for the amount of cushion.

  • 94 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Some testers likened it to running barefoot, but they gave it high marks for flexibility and overall comfort.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    You need to know that most people won’t be running in these every day (especially on long runs), but if you are looking for a shoe for your speed and tempo runs, it’s a good choice.

  • 40 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 4 expert

    They are super flexible and light, but unfortunately not a great running shoe for me.

  • 82 / 100 by Run Bulldog Run • Steve Speirs • Level 3 expert

    Super-flexible - packs down flat for travel

  • 98 / 100 by Gearist • Tanya Slosberg • Level 2 expert

    I still often run in them for longer training runs because the bigger toe box is ideal for my foot. While I often get blisters during long runs in shoes with snug toe boxes, this isn’t a problem I’ve ever had with Topos.

  • 91 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 2 expert

    I like the light cushioning when running on asphalt or hard packed trails. But for those with wide feet, you might need to break it in before running long distances.

  • 85 / 100 by Bonk Proof • Jordan Hull • Level 2 expert

    Topo proves yet again why they're different than any other brand in the running footwear industry.

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Updates to Topo Athletic ST-2

  • The Topo Athletic ST-2 is a mix of strategic features aimed at delivering a high-quality, well-cushioned yet natural ride for the users. While the rubber outsole and the Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) mid-sole are of the conventional nature, the brand has intelligently reworked the design of this model to potentially provide better performance and higher efficiency on the roads.
  • This running shoe also includes the Stretch Lycra construction, which accommodates the natural shape and motion of the foot. It also has a Woven Mesh structure that provides and maintains a snug fit for the user throughout the running session.

Topo Athletic ST-2 size and fit

The neutral road running shoe is available in the standard length for both men and women.  The available width for the men’s version is D – Medium, while the women’s version is B – Medium. The semi-curved shape of the ST-2 accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.

Outsole

The full-length rubber outsole provides enhanced durability and better grip on wet surfaces. Also, it is very durable, so it enables the shoe to give its best performance throughout its lifecycle.

Flex grooves allow the foot to move more naturally through the gait cycle, particularly when it comes to doing the toe-off motion.

Midsole

The shoe houses the conventional Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) material in its midsole for utmost durability, enhanced comfort, and maximum responsiveness. The material is known for its much-popular ‘springy’ feel in the shoe and its high energy-returning properties, the desired qualities which keep the motivation level of the wearer very high throughout the running session.

Upper

The Woven Mesh structure in the upper is utilized for creating a comfortable, glove-like fit for the user. The perforations in the design allow for a healthy inflow and outflow of air through the material, thereby keeping the runner’s feet dry and cool throughout the run.

The Printed Overlays are added for reinforcing the structure and locking down the midfoot for a secure, more comfortable fit. The design prevents uncomfortable sliding of the foot inside the shoe while running.

The Topo Atheltic ST-2 houses the Stretch Lycra construction in the heel region, which follows the natural shape and movement of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. Also, the technology allows for the flat folding of the shoe which happens to be highly convenient for the users while they are traveling.

For additional protection of the heel, the shoe boasts the Rubber Achilles. The lightweight technology allows for a flexible and highly comfortable landing.

In the forefoot region, the Anatomical Toe Box offers sufficient room to allow for natural splaying of the toes. The feature promotes a natural gait for the runners.