The f-LITE Line:
We were immediately impressed with the inov-8 F-Lites when we opened the store, and knew we had a winner on our hands. We feel this is one the the best "natural" running shoes in the Mixed-Use space, but the fact is we sell more of them to folks headed for the gym than to folks headed out to the trails. This is the line that signaled inov-8s immersion into the functional fitness world, and no one has done it better since. While other companies have entered the market in an attempt to pull people away from these true innovators (we can think of one specifically that felt the need to tie up a whole portion of the market with legalese, but think its too bad they didn't spend that kind of money on creating a better product...), the f-lite line just gets better and better.
From a technical standpoint, these shoes are just impressive: impressive materials, impressive design, impressive looks...just impressive. They go into ridiculous detail on their web site, which has as much detail as any manufacturer we can find (so much so that people tend to get MORE confused after visiting it...but don't worry - we'll be here to translate). We feature different men’s and women’s models in many inov-8 lines because they take the time to design them differently – women’s shoes are made to fit the unique characteristics of the female foot, while men get to run in shoes designed more specifically for them (this is called a gender specific “last”, and we’re stoked to show you how it feels when you come in).
f-LITE 192: A Natural Drop Mixed-Use shoe with Minimal cushioning - as close as you'll get to the ground while wearing shoes, with the design necessary to protect you from the elements. The f-Lite 192 is amazingly light, getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need and focusing on allowing you to run as quickly as you possibly can. They even feature “sticky” rubber on their soles, which means you can be sure when you plant your foot on the ground you can be sure its going to stay there. We think inov-8s approach to stripped-down running has reached its pinnacle in the F-Lite line, and look forward to getting a pair on your feet! Yeah, you might get stopped by strangers, but the ride is worth it! The f-Lite 192 is currently offered in two colors: black or black, and we stock both. We also have a few older models hanging around, but in general this is your Darth Vadar shoe. It's bad like that.
f-LITE 195: A Low Drop Mixed Use shoe with Minimal cushioning. What we said about the f-Lite 192? Same thing here, only this shoe has a slightly narrower footbed (they call it their "Precision Last") and 3mm more cushion in the heel. Everything else is the same, except for the color. There are a couple of options here, and we've proudly displayed the white ones. Because Storm Troopers.
f-LITE 240: A Low Drop Mixed Use shoe with Minimal cushioning. Yup, we know that's what we said about the f-Lite 195, but technically it applies to this shoe as well. We told you this was confusing. So what do you get here? Even more cushioning under the heel (a total of 6mm more than the f-Lite 192s) and a return to the wider toe box (both the 192s and the 240s feature inov-8's "Standard Last"). Also a different set of colors. Some folks like this shoe because it feels slightly more like their "traditional" shoes, but we recommend you come on in and try it for yourself.
Oh, and one other thing: Don’t even talk to us about how we're focusing on crossfit. We have some folks here who dabble in functional fitness (and a couple who do a lot more than that), and while we're a running store, we're not here to discriminate against others who want to pursue a healthy and happy lifestyle. That's not our gig. We learn bit more about functional fitness every day, and while we wish we had time to do it more we do tend to fall back on feedback from our friends who make it a lifestyle. They tell us they can’t get enough of this shoe, so tell your friends we’ve got ‘em, and we’ll play nice when they come in.
Oh, and one LAST thing: the F-Lite line comes in over 48 different fit and color schemes, and we can't possibly stock them all in your size. We totally apologize in advance. What we have attempted to do is bring in representative models so you can try them on. We are totally cool with special orders, and don't charge you a cent for that. We which we could carry every size/color/model in the mix, but instead we'll just make sure we know everything about them when you come in so you can make an informed choice!