Do you know running shoes inside and out? If so, we want to hear from you.

We are growing our team of running shoe wear testers and we need experienced volunteers to help with our running shoe tests. We welcome all types—trail runners, road runners, heel strikers, midfoot strikers, speed-oriented runners, fitness-oriented runners, etc. If you’re chosen, you’ll run in batch of next season’s best shoes and post reports about how they fit and perform. It’s easy, fun, and yes—you get to keep the shoes. We’re especially in need of runners who prefer thicker and more traditional shoes (Hokas, Brooks Ghost, etc.) and women testers.

What’s the catch? You must be doing significant mileage in order to adequately test the number of shoe’s you’ll receive in a short time frame. And you need to be fluent in the latest running shoe trends and technologies. 

To qualify, you need to be: 

  1. A good writer. You need to be able to succinctly and clearly articulate how shoes compare to each other. 
  2. You need to be running 30 or more miles per week.
  3. You need to be familiar with cutting-edge running shoe technologies and trends. Specialty running shop experience is a bonus.  
  4. You’ll need to commit to writing a 400 word report on each of the 5-10 shoes you receive within 3 weeks of receiving it. This is a lot of work, so take this commitment seriously. 

To apply, post an audition report in our audition forum (you will need to set up an account and sign in). Review the shoe you are currently running in. Make sure the subject line says the name of the shoe your are reviewing and contains the word “Audition”. And include a bit about yourself—how many miles a week you run, whether you want to focus on road or trail, what kind of shoes you prefer to test, and what experience you have with running shoes. 

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