The opportunity to try out Shoekicker.com before it launches for everyone in September came through my real life friend Katie, who runs the incredible foodie blog 24 Carrot Life. Dave from Shoekicker reached out to her for a review and although she runs most days, she thought I would be a better person to try the site and I was psyched for the opportunity.**
Basically, Shoekicker is the “Kayak” of running shoes and is intended to comb the web for the best price on particular shoe models. Founders Imran Khoja and Dave Jordan (sorry Dave, but you have to take credit for great things!) have an impressive algorithm that scans the web constantly, looking for the desired model and size of shoe. Although we all have the ability to do this (I regularly use 6pm.com), the upside of Shoekicker is the ease of finding your shoe model WITH the size you need still in stock.
When I tried it, I looked for one of my go-to shoes: Saucony Kinvara 5. When you input your size and shoe model, you get the following results:
$56 dollars for a pair of Kinvara 5 is an excellent deal and I didn’t have to spend time searching all the various bargain sites on the web to figure out where my best deal was. The fact that I didn’t know Amazon had running shoes is another issue entirely…
The only negative feedback that I gave to Dave was that some shoe brands (Skechers and Salomon, for example) and shoe models (Saucony Fasttwitch) aren’t currently available on the site. However, as Shoekicker gets up and running, these brands will eventually be added. Overall, the big names of Brooks, Asics, Saucony, and Nike as well as up and coming brands like Hoka and Altra are all available so most people should be able to find their favorite shoes.
Who is Shoekicker good for? Runners who already know what shoe models and sizes work for them and who aren’t picky about particular colors. If you are new to running, looking to make a shoe change or coming back from an injury, it is still best to hit up your local running store for their expertise.
Try Shoekicker.com out and let me know what you think!
Thanks to Dave for sending me the Beta site.
**I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.