Ecco Biom B 2.2 Running Shoe Review
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$195 for a pair of running shoes? The first thing I saw when I looked at the Ecco Biom B 2.2 was the high price tag. I thought to myself that this is extremely expensive for a pair of running shoes, what possibly can make this shoe that much different that makes it cost $50+ than other running shoes on the market? The answer you ask? Although there is no concrete answer in my mind, Ecco suggest it’s the technology used in the shoe that allows the foot to use its natural motion while running makes it worth $195.
With the trend of natural motion running being touted with a lot of shoes being introduced to the market this spring, I feel that it is important to help explain what makes Ecco different from a traditional running shoe. The Ecco Biom B 2.2 has a tendon like shank that spans the shoe that allows the foot to use its natural motion while running. In many of the running shoes on the market, you get a shank that often covers the entire midsole limiting the amount of work the foot can do, preventing the foots natural motion. This also allows the foot to do a little more work than the traditional running shoe and allows the foot to build up a little more muscle.
This type of shoe is not meant for every runner though in my mind. For the person that is trying to lose a few pounds as a new years resolution, a more expensive shoe such as the Biom B 2.2 won’t really get you there any faster. This shoe is meant for those that are a little lighter on their feet and have a more efficient stride. Someone who is typically a midfoot striker vs. a heel striker. If you aren’t a midfoot striker, it will however help you transition as there is not much of a heel cushion.
The Ecco Biom B 2.2 has a blown rubber outer that helps the shoe keep some structure to it and also gives your foot a little stability within the shoe. I have to admit, it does look a little odd at first, but it seems to do the trick. The Biom B 2.2 has a mesh breathable upper versus its predecessor which was made of leather. This helps with breathability and also helps to decrease weight.
Ecco prides itself on making a quality shoe and doing its’ due diligence when coming out with a new shoe. I feel this is the case with the Biom B 2.2. This shoe is a nice blend between a barefoot shoe like Vibram Five Fingers and a beefier traditional running shoe. This I feel is a place in the market where there are not a lot of options. As most runners are curious to running barefoot, I feel the Ecco Biom B 2.2 could be a good transition shoe to barefoot running.
The shoe does perform a little different that most running shoes on the market, but I do not feel it constitutes a price tag. Would I recommend this running shoe if it were not for the price tag? Yes. I feel the Ecco Biom B 2.2 is a well made shoe with innovative technology that challenges the traditional running shoe methodology. So if money isn’t as much of an issue for you or you are willing to try a new shoe and new technology at all cost, I say give it a try! For more information on the Biom B 2.2 and other Ecco footwear, please visit www.us.ecco.com/ or www.amazon.com/ecco.