I laughed when I heard Starbucks was coming out with a line of running shoes. Now that they’re out and I’ve tried them, my laughter has changed into a salute.
I was especially impressed with the Non-fat Macchiato Runners. Despite being a medium coast shoe, they have a robust footstrike. However, not once during my entire run did I feel any bitterness. They grip wet surfaces very well because of the fair trade, coarse ground, composite sole.
I wore the Triple Espresso Racers at a 5k race. Being a light coast shoe, I felt like I was running in socks. Yet they finish well, and I was so amped up after crossing the line, I wanted to stick around and run another race.
For runners who like lots of bling, I recommend the Iced Double Mocha Cookie Crumble Strideaccinos. They deliver extra energy on hot, mid-day, summer runs. The thick sole has been injected with refrigerated whip cream that keeps the feet pampered and cool. The exterior has a double shot of reinforcing nylon with red and purple sprinkles.
As good as these shoes are, I have to mention a couple problems. Starbucks chose to size the shoes the same way as their beverages – short, tall, grande and venti, which makes it difficult figuring out where you belong in their system. Also, I’ve been inconvenienced a couple times when I ordered a drink and then a box of shoes was plopped on the counter.