Reviews Topo Athletic


Topo Athletic: Shoes at Intersection of Natural and Practical

Since its inception in 2013, the mission of Topo Athletic has been all about making exceptional shoes that help runners, hikers and walkers enhance their natural stride. In essence, Topo shoes are designed at the sweet spot of where instinctive human movement meets modern comfort, wellness and performance. 

Topo Athletic creates gimmick-free, lightweight shoes built for functional performance. Every shoe provides a secure fit in the heel and midfoot, has a low heel-toe offset for uninhibited natural foot movement and a roomy toe box to allow the toes and forefoot to splay optimally.

The Topo Athletic tribe is diverse, made up of trail runners, 5K runners, obstacle course racers, ultra-marathoners, fitness buffs and triathletes. Some Topo fans are just into living a healthy lifestyle and want a comfortable pair of shoes that are lightweight and don’t constrict the foot from heel to toe. Topo believes that everyone can benefit from shoes built specifically for the natural movements of your feet.

Topo Athletic Phantom

  • Price: $135
  • Weights: 9.8 oz. (men’s 9.0); 8.1 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 30mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

A versatile, everyday training shoe for road runners who love a natural flex and feel.

A lightweight, cushioned road running shoe, the Phantom offers plenty of cushioning and puts a bit of energetic pop in every stride, courtesy of Topo’s new Zipfoam midsole compound. A breathable, engineered mesh upper with low-profile overlays and an external TPU heel counter offer well-placed support and security. No matter if you’re training for a marathon, racing a 5K or just heading out for an easy weekend run, the Phantom can do it all.

Topo Athletic UltraFly 3

Topo Athletic UltraFly 3

  • Price: $130
  • Weights: 9.6 oz. (men’s 9.0); 7.7 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 28mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)

A stable, versatile and smooth road running shoe with a tinge of support.

A well-cushioned, everyday trainer with a touch of stability-enhancing guidance, the Ultra Fly 3 rides smoothly and feels sublime on long runs, tempo runs and recovery runs. With an external TPU heel counter and EVA medial post, Ultrafly 3 offers rear-foot stability and light pronation resistance. An engineered mesh upper provides a seamless and breathable fit, while a molded foam collar and Ortholite footbed offer additional comfort.

Topo Athletic Mountain Racer

  • Price: $140
  • Weights: 9.8 oz. (men’s 9.0); 7.7 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 30mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

A premier, lightweight, agile speedster for running your favorite trails.

The Mountain Racer is a light and lean trail runner shoe built for moving fast over ever-changing terrain. It serves up optimal traction from its Vibram Megagrip outsole, while the three-piece injected-molded EVA midsole offers the ideal flex and comfort for fast-pace running. A lightweight rip-stop mesh upper with printed overlays offers a secure fit, while medial and lateral drainage ports enhance water release and quick drying.

Topo Trailventure WP, $160

  • Price: $160
  • Weights: 14.5 oz. (men’s 9.0); 12.1 oz. (women’s 7.0)
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 5mm; 30mm (heel), 25mm (forefoot)

A modern hiking boot chock full of comfort, support and durability.

With a modern take on the classic look of a hiking boot, the lightweight Trail Venture WP (waterproof) is built for comfort and control on fast-paced hiking adventures over rugged terrain. It has a full eVent inner-bootie construction to keep feet dry and comfortable in every condition, while a Vibram Megagrip outsole provides secure footing on wet and dry terrain. An abrasion-resistant, rip-stop mesh upper, full-length rock plate and over-the-ankle molded foam collar round out the serve up comfort, protection and support.