SoftScience “The Terrain Ultra Lyte” shoe update: Introducing “The Terrain Ultra Lyte”.  Fresh off the UPS truck today and just unboxed ! Uber excited. Wearing them right now. Dang, zero drop with good cush. I could run in these babies ! And I will just to try, even thought that is likely not their intended purpose.  Gorgeous roomy toe box. True to fit. These feel like a favorite pair of worn in favorite leather gloves …  they are soft cotton canvass right out of the box.  I don’t think i even need to wait a few days, they should have a label that says “pre-worn in”. I may have just found yet another new favorite weekend casual shoes, I will save my Altra Everyday’s for work. I can see where the thinking came when the partners brought their wisdom over from Crocs (only the best parts were brought, the materials, from what i can see).   Removable, washable Trileon™ insole, non-marking, slip-resistant outsole Ultra lightweight, a pair in size 10 weighs just 1.6 lbs. (that is per pair !) *Welcome to Soft Science. one of our Podcast sponsors. Because we believe in them. Update one day later: Some have been asking about this shoe. I think they have done something unique here. This shoe is about 6 oz, yes, that is seriously uber light. That means there is no room for stabilizing rigidity factors in this shoe. It appears to be a well thought out “outsole” and a soft cotton canvas upper. That is it. If you need control, this shoe may not be for you. The outsole however offers a nice wide foot print with some flare of the sole out from the foot (look at their website, look at the shoe from behind), and that in itself offers stabilizing over something compared to like a glove type shoe. Now, on to the insole: I know what the website says, a “minimal heal to toe elevation”. I emailed the guru over as Soft Science. I have been told they are zero drop and after wearing i believe they are, and if not, maybe a millimeter ? I have sensitive feet, I wear zero drop all day long at work because I can. Not everyone can and this is important to note. I do not have any info outsole thickness of this particular shoe, the foot does recede somewhat into the outsole that you see, so there is not a tremendous amount of stack height as portrayed in photos, some of that is the outsole lipping up to grab onto the shoe’s upper. TRileon Insole:There is a VERY mild arch contour, not as much as in crocs (as one person asked) but it is present and mild. If you have a flatter arch, you will feel it, but, Trileon is uber cush so it is not offending at all. If you have a normal arch posture, you may not even notice it, it is that subtle. Insole: there feels like a 1-2 degree or 1-2 mm varus forefoot post, i have pretty sensitive feet and can tell these things readily, i may choose to grind this down on the insole, it wouldn’t take much to do this. If you take out the insole and put it on a hard floor and stand on it, you will notice the subtle forefoot varus posting of the foam. And if you put the insole in your hands and pinch finger tips together at the 1st metatarsal head and 5th met. head you will notice the thickness difference. * It is not much, but it is there. Some people can really benefit from it since many feet are have a slight FF varus. Some may not notice it at all. I did notice it because my forefoot is not varus’d at all.  I noted it less so when the insole was in the shoe so it may be off setting a slight depression in the outsole shell. I am not sure, so do not quote me on this. For most folks, this is “princess and the pea” subtle jibber jab talk and is not worthy of noting.  But we are shoe geeks and some of you want to know about peas. To be clear, I like this shoe so far, very much actually. It will be on my feet all week and all weekend……..many weekends.  Soft, uber light, no break in, zero drop, good looks, minimal, wide platform, ….. things i like and things that are important to me. The question is, “is it for you ?” That is up to you.  Nice work Soft Science. -Dr. Allen http://www.softscience.com/mens/the-terrain-ultra-lyte.html

SoftScience “The Terrain Ultra Lyte” shoe update:

Introducing “The Terrain Ultra Lyte”.  Fresh off the UPS truck today and just unboxed ! Uber excited. Wearing them right now. Dang, zero drop with good cush. I could run in these babies ! And I will just to try, even thought that is likely not their intended purpose.  Gorgeous roomy toe box. True to fit. These feel like a favorite pair of worn in favorite leather gloves …  they are soft cotton canvass right out of the box.  I don’t think i even need to wait a few days, they should have a label that says “pre-worn in”. I may have just found yet another new favorite weekend casual shoes, I will save my Altra Everyday’s for work. I can see where the thinking came when the partners brought their wisdom over from Crocs (only the best parts were brought, the materials, from what i can see).  
Removable, washable Trileon™ insole, non-marking, slip-resistant outsole
Ultra lightweight, a pair in size 10 weighs just 1.6 lbs. (that is per pair !)

*Welcome to Soft Science. one of our Podcast sponsors. Because we believe in them.

Update one day later:

Some have been asking about this shoe. I think they have done something unique here. This shoe is about 6 oz, yes, that is seriously uber light. That means there is no room for stabilizing rigidity factors in this shoe. It appears to be a well thought out “outsole” and a soft cotton canvas upper. That is it. If you need control, this shoe may not be for you. The outsole however offers a nice wide foot print with some flare of the sole out from the foot (look at their website, look at the shoe from behind), and that in itself offers stabilizing over something compared to like a glove type shoe.
Now, on to the insole:
I know what the website says, a “minimal heal to toe elevation”. I emailed the guru over as Soft Science. I have been told they are zero drop and after wearing i believe they are, and if not, maybe a millimeter ? I have sensitive feet, I wear zero drop all day long at work because I can. Not everyone can and this is important to note.
I do not have any info outsole thickness of this particular shoe, the foot does recede somewhat into the outsole that you see, so there is not a tremendous amount of stack height as portrayed in photos, some of that is the outsole lipping up to grab onto the shoe’s upper.
TRileon Insole:There is a VERY mild arch contour, not as much as in crocs (as one person asked) but it is present and mild. If you have a flatter arch, you will feel it, but, Trileon is uber cush so it is not offending at all. If you have a normal arch posture, you may not even notice it, it is that subtle.
Insole: there feels like a 1-2 degree or 1-2 mm varus forefoot post, i have pretty sensitive feet and can tell these things readily, i may choose to grind this down on the insole, it wouldn’t take much to do this. If you take out the insole and put it on a hard floor and stand on it, you will notice the subtle forefoot varus posting of the foam. And if you put the insole in your hands and pinch finger tips together at the 1st metatarsal head and 5th met. head you will notice the thickness difference. * It is not much, but it is there. Some people can really benefit from it since many feet are have a slight FF varus. Some may not notice it at all. I did notice it because my forefoot is not varus’d at all.  I noted it less so when the insole was in the shoe so it may be off setting a slight depression in the outsole shell. I am not sure, so do not quote me on this. For most folks, this is “princess and the pea” subtle jibber jab talk and is not worthy of noting.  But we are shoe geeks and some of you want to know about peas.
To be clear, I like this shoe so far, very much actually. It will be on my feet all week and all weekend……..many weekends.  Soft, uber light, no break in, zero drop, good looks, minimal, wide platform, ….. things i like and things that are important to me. The question is, “is it for you ?” That is up to you.  Nice work Soft Science.
-Dr. Allen

http://www.softscience.com/mens/the-terrain-ultra-lyte.html