Howard Palmer Multi-Shoe Review

APK's Howard Palmer has worn a lot of shoes in his nearly 5 years of parkour training. This gives him a lot of comparative data, which we feel is very important in parkour shoe reviews, after all, what can you say about one if you haven't tried another?

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“If it is said that clothes help to make the man, I want to say shoes help make the traceur.”

When it comes down to it, each shoe has offered me good support and comfort right from the beginning. I’ve tossed a few of them over the years, but I was able to train consistently for at least half a year in any pair and overall, take them with me on any terrain. When it came down to technique, consistency, comfort, style, flexibility/usability and price, I went with what felt right for my level of training.

The pair of Adidas Bounce I received from Andrew K. in 2008 were my 1st official Parkour shoes. I had some Nike Air Max before that but they had air bags below the entire shoe which quickly broke from too much pressure in training. I really enjoyed everything about the Bounce. I could scale a wall and control a rail landing with ease. The issue with the shoe is that they didn’t last long because I would use them on everything. The Puma Munich’s (bought in 2005) were a pair that I wore for style so when I started using them for training they felt brand new. Not flexible, I wasn’t able to use them on rails and most walls, I used them for about 6 months then spent the next three years in and out of different training shoes. The New Balance Minimus/vibrams, bought in 2011 didn’t last long on walls ether. I used them for rails and light training and would switch out between the Puma’s and the Adidas. Fila Skele-toes I bought also in 2011 because I wanted to continue minimizing the distance between my foot and the surface of any object. Another Adidas and two pairs of Feiyue picked up that same year and into 2012, closed the deal for me and I was set for the moment in training with shoes that I really enjoyed. Adidas ClimaCool I bought in 2012 because I hurt my ankle and heals and needed the support. I still wear them now and then but can’t consistently because I can’t feel the floor in them. New Balance 790 (2012) looked comfy, felt tight, but were no good. I took the soles out and put them into one of the Adidas shoe. The New Balance 574 are great, not too much bottom in the front and just enough in the back to perfect my ankle and heals. Currently I LOVE the Asics Tigers. They do everything right, and ask no questions about it.

 

Adidas Bounce

Grip - Rating 7

Durability - Rating 6

Comfort - Rating 8

Padding - Rating 8

Flexibility - Rating 9

 

Puma Munich Grip -  Rating 2

Durability - Rating 10

Comfort - Rating 7

Padding - Rating 8

Flexibility - Rating 5

 

New Balance Minimus/Vibram

Grip - Rating 5

Durability - Rating 5

Comfort - Rating 10

Padding - Rating 5

Flexibility - Rating 10

 

Fila Skelito

Grip - Rating 7

Durability - Rating 5

Comfort - Rating 7

Padding - Rating 5

Flexibility - Rating 7

 

Feiyue

Grip - Rating 10

Durability - Rating 5

Comfort - Rating 10

Padding - Rating 8

Flexibility - Rating 10

 

Adidas ClimaCool

Grip - Rating 5

Durability - Rating 10

Comfort - Rating 10

Padding - Rating 10

Flexibility - Rating 10

 

New Balance 790

Grip -Rating 1

Durability - Rating 1

Comfort - Rating 8

Padding - Rating 7

Flexibility - Rating 1

 

New Balance 574

Grip -  Rating 8

Durability - Rating 8

Comfort - Rating 9

Padding - Rating 8

Flexibility - Rating 9

 

Asics Tiger 

Grip -Rating 8

Durability - Rating 9

Comfort - Rating 10

Padding - Rating 0

Flexibility - Rating 10

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Written by Mark Toorock   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:01
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:29