OK, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I did: I picked a favorite. Don’t get me wrong, there is something special about each member of our Topo product “family,” but there’s just something about that Halsa that makes me wanna smile every time I lace up those Bad Larrys. I like them so much, in fact, that I just had to write this blog post. PDA isn’t really my thing, but I’m putting it all out there for this one.
A few disclaimers:
1. I work for Topo (so, duh, I like Topos a lot).
2. I am a CrossFitter, meaning that Topo’s latest fitness shoe is already positioned for a win.
3. As a Topo team member, I have the privilege of offering feedback and ideas during the design and development phase of product creation. The fact that I can feel some of my own suggestions come to life is just the coolest. My hope is that other athletes will be able appreciate some of the subtle features that we, as a team, put into the Halsa.
I could write a pretty lengthy testimonial, but no one wants to read that. Instead, I’ve narrowed it down to 4 features that make the new Halsa my undeniable, numero uno, top-of-the-charts favorite:
1. Color: I’m not going to lie, I am a sucker for good color. Function is king, of course, but there is something about a killer colorway that draws me in with its tractor beams. Just look at those rich, vibrant (can I say juicy?) colors. It’s like working up a killer sweat with sweet pieces of candy on your feet. Also, I love candy.
2. Shape: I have a long, slightly narrow foot (sometimes referred to as my “skis”). So, although I love letting my toes spread out and breath, sometimes a slightly snugger fit makes me feel more in control. In comparison to its older brother, the Santé, the Halsa has a slightly trimmer last, both in width and volume. This lets me feel totally dialed-in when doing things like shuttle runs, box jumps, and over-the-bar burpees. I wish I could say that the Halsa has even inspired a newfound love for over-the-bar burpees, but alas, it is not so. Maybe that will be a feature in the Halsa v.2.
3. Weight/structure ratio: Have you ever noticed that the “tougher” a shoe is, the stiffer and heavier it becomes? What I dig about the Halsa is that it’s substantial enough to make me feel confident when lifting heavy, but it’s light and flexible enough to make me feel agile and nimble. It’s like being able to go from beast mode to ninja mode in a single workout!
4. Shelf life: The Halsa gets even better with age! The more I wear this shoe, the more it “learns” the shape and flex points of my foot. Unlike a running shoe that begs for replacement every few hundred miles, the Halsa starts to feel like a second skin with every passing workout.
Well, there it is, my unabashed love for the Halsa for everyone to read. I hope you like the Halsa as much as I do. If you have any questions about the shoe feel free to chime in in the comments section below or, if you'd like to check it out online, click here.