By Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal
If you’re a casual runner, you don’t buy shoes that often—once a year, maybe twice—and so you probably don’t stick your foot in that many models. But over the course of 12 months, I probably test 60 pairs of shoes, and what I’ve learned is that each guides your foot in its own way, through heel lift, pronation control, height off the ground, and a score of other methods. Unless the shoe is particularly extreme, your body will quickly adapt to it, but to my mind that’s the opposite approach: Your shoe should adapt to you, not the other way around.
With Somnio footwear, that’s exactly what happens. And with the new Westridge trail runner ($130), Somnio has achieved what I think is the holy grail: the perfectly neutral shoe. How so? Somnio is the first customizable running shoe. It has swappable components in the forefoot cushioning, heel cushioning, the insole, and the varus wedge that sits under the insole. Altogether, there are thousands of combinations per pair. Your local Somnio dealer will analyze your gait, then work with you to find the mix of parts that makes the perfect fit.