So, I've taken my B2R's over 100 cumulative miles now and I do love these shoes.  My runs in them have been constrained to under 7 miles at a time.  Although I'm beginning to slowly up the miles and have done two 10 mile runs and I've had no issues.  I'm building up to my annual Thanksgiving Day 40 miler in FLA, which I plan to run in my B2R's this year.  The shoe upper look new, showing no wear.  The only noticeable wear is on the fore foot tread, smack dap behind the toe split across the seam, which I believe is a good/normal wear location.

I've run in all the possible combinations (socks / no socks, B2R insert / no insert, taped toes / no tape).  I've settled on socks with the B2R inserts and taped second toe right foot (I've had issue with this toe since birth...not a big deal).

The construction of the upper is excellent.  The shoes are great without socks, but I'm playing it conservative (my heels are a little susceptible to blistering).

Removing the inserts increases feel and I lean toward removing them, but I've recently read Natural Running by Abshire/Metzler and they discuss assessing your foot mechanics looking at wear on shoe tread as well as the insert.  So, I'm giving that a try with my B2R's.  Regardless, the feel of these shoes is great.

I have come to really appreciate the split toe.  It's hard to describe the feeling, but I believe there is something beneficial just prior to toe lift off.  Maybe it enhances lateral flexibility across the toes allowing them to splay.  I don't know.  All I know is that it feels good compared to standard shoes.

These are truly awesome running shoes.  More to come at 200 miles...

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Comment by brendan wild on September 8, 2012 at 11:06pm

Eric, have you a time line on the trail shoe, I'm in Oz and its $$ to get B2R sent down so if the trail shoes aren't far away maybe I'll wait for them instead of the road version.

cheers brendan

Comment by Eric Orton on September 8, 2012 at 2:41pm

This is great Dente.  Thanks for taking the time to write this.  Keep experimenting sock less, as I really wanted this to be a shoe that is just as comfortable without than with.  They only time I wear socks is for warmth.

There is four ways to wear this shoe:

1.with socks and insert

2. with socks/no insert

3. without socks w/insert

4. without socks and without insert

Find what works for you on any given day based on distance and type of run.

Trail shoes are coming!!


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