Rated 4 out of 5Â by ABrunner Love the color & styling
I am a distance runner (4 milers-marathons) who has transitioned to minimalist running shoes (3 1/2 years ago), and found the Hattoris to be the best minimalist shoe for me. I run about 3-4 days a week, mostly on roads, sidewalks and light trails. These shoes are best suited for this type of terrain, as the sole of the shoe is fairly flat, and can get a little slippery on wet surfaces.
The pink & blue Hattori LC is the third pair of Hattoris I have bought/owned. I really like the Hattori shoe for it's minimalist styling, color options & weight/feel (light#. The first two pairs I had were without the laces #velcro strap#. The velcro strap system works fine for me, but I wanted to try the LCs since they have a more traditional running shoe look.
The first pair of Hattoris I bought were great! I ran in them over a year before purchasing the second pair. I still have/use them as a back-up running shoe. I ordered them a full size up based on product description #runs a size small#. The second pair I bought were the same as the first #different color tho#, but I ordered a size and a half larger than my usual size, as I felt the first pair was just a little snug when wearing a thin athletic tech sock. Ordering the shoe that large was probably not a good idea, as after I had ran in them for about a month, they started to get a small tear in the thin fabric over where my big toe is. It eventually turned into a large hole that I patched up with electrical tape on the inside and outside of the hole so that I could make them last through the end of my marathon training and the race itself. I only had that second pair for about 3 months, and had to throw them away because of the hole in the toe. I feel this was a result of the larger sizing...my big toe/nail was rubbing the fabric where there was no coating #the clear plastic-like tape along the front of the shoe#, and as a result wore a hole in the shoe.
The Hattori LC I have had now for a few weeks, and overall I like them. I like the improvements of additional toe fabric strength, the mixed materials, & the addition of more "taping" throughout the front of the shoe. The shoe fits basically the same as the original Hattori. My only complaint about it is the seaming/stitching around the top of the shoe. With the use of the mixed/stiffer fabric on the shoe, it created a more rigid seam, and as a result, I have gotten blisters/cuts on the inside of both my feet-right below my ankle where the seam has been rubbing when I run. I think this could be prevented by wearing a higher cut sock, and/or putting some tape #masking, duck, or electrical) along the seam on the inside to make it smooth/flat. So far I don't see any wear at the toe where my second pair got a hole...I hope it stays that way?!?
March 20, 2013