Product Review: Kinvara 4

There is a town west of Horsham (Australia, not UK), called Kaniva. I tell you this because that’s what I keep calling these shoes.

All my shoes have some sort of nickname.  Kaniva just seemed fitting for my birthday shoes the Sacuony Kinvara 4’s.
As a runner, you just know when it’s time to get new shoes.  It has been roughly a year and approx 700km later that I figured it was time to retire* my Brooks Pure Cadence2.

I was really impressed with the service that was provided to me at The Running Company Geelong, so that’s where I decided to go again to get fitted for my new shoes.
It was pure chance that I got fitted for the Kinvara’s.  I was coming off the treadmill after trying on a pair of New Balance shoes (which were ill fitting around the heal, even using the lock lace technique), when I asked:

“What are the Kinvara’s like, I have a friend who loves these shoes”.

So that’s how it came about me trying on these shoes.

Jeremy who was my consultant on the day was fantastic.  Seriously I can’t fault the service from TRC.  It was a busy Saturday, but all the staff there were extremely helpful, informative and patient.

There is no doubt that TRC follow their philosophy of “Listen, Observe, Advice”.  Jeremy listened to my running history, noted my concerns with each shoe I tried on, and didn’t push me to buy the “flashy-ish, trendy-ish, expensive shoe”, which is stereotypical of a non specialist running company. At the end of the day I walked ran away with the best shoe for my needs and wants but most importantly the best fitting shoe for my feet.


Run Type – Natural
Heel Toe Drop – 4mm
Weight – 218g (size 9)
Price – From AU$109

Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running describes (in my opinion) The Kinvara 4’s in the best possible way.

The Kinvara 4 is labelled a “performance neutral” running shoe which means that it’s sold to folks who fit a particular profile: efficient runners who are light, favour faster running, and are able to train in a minimalist running shoe.

When I first tried on these shoe they felt like a pair of old faithfuls.  My foot and these shoes go together like salt and pepper, or bacon and eggs.

The Kinvara’a definitely are like an old friend.  You know the type of friend you’ve had for years and years, and can pick up your conversation from where you left off? Yeah that’s me and these shoes.

sk-watson-26There is no denying that this shoe is my racing shoe.
It’s lightweight & comfortable, but gives me the support that I need when I run.

It’s flexible in it’s upper design and with it’s new PowerGrid technology it gives a smoother transition / ride.

The shoe has a natural feel with room in the toebox.

If you are looking for a minimalist natural runningshoe, then do consider the Kinvara’s for your next purchase.


* – When I say retire, I mean from long runs. These shoes still have some wear left, so they will be used for shorter runs, and general walking and or gardening. There aren’t any tears in the shoe, just worn on the inside. I’m retiring them as they don’t have as much cushioning as they use too. and I’m really noticing that on my fast runs or my long slow runs.