Meet the Topo Specter - our first-ever high-cushion performance trainer, featuring Topo’s distinctive fit and feel. The single-layer engineered mesh upper features recycled materials for a lightweight, secure, and sustainable fit. The 35 x 30 mm platform features a Pebax Powered® core wrapped in an EVA frame to deliver soft cushioning and high energy return with a stable and responsive ride. The aggressive heel and forefoot rocker design aids in a fast transition, propelling you forward with each stride, while the lightweight die cut rubber outsole provides traction and durability.
- Best For:Road Running
- Stack Height:35mm (heel) // 30mm (forefoot)
- Heel to Toe Drop: 5MM
- Weight:8.1 OZ (M9)
Why We Love It
Lightweight Breathable Materials
For a '2nd Skin' fit and feel.
Comfortable insoles with long-term resilience and anti-microbial properties.
World Leading High Tech Polymers
Delivering lightweight high performance and superior energy return.
Roomy Toe Box
Anatomical toe box allows toes to spread naturally and comfortably.
In The Press
Topo delivers a totally modern, lightweight, fun to run trainer long racer that is true to their heritage of lower drops and anatomical uppers.
"As of now, this is my highest scored running shoe. Light, fast, and smooth, the Specter is the do-it-all natural running companion you’ve been waiting for! I do not make such a statement lightly."
Most Liked Positive Review
Amazing fit, midsole too firm
Perfection in some areas, horrible in others. Upper: Almost perfect. the midsole (reviewed below) finally lightened up and felt more comfortable around 200mi, but then the upper tore. The fit was perfect and almost not comparable to anything else. I just with the medial and outer midfoot sections ...wouldn't have torn open. Lockdown and sizing was absolute perfection though. Lasting closer to 300-400 would be adequate, it doesn't need to be beefed up to outlast the midsole, but at least slightly more support to last 300+ would be nice. Midsole: This is the biggest gripe... out of the box, was ultra stiff and felt like no compression. Let a teammate try (borderline elite runner) and he felt the same like there was no return in energy. After breaking them in for about 80 miles they lightened up and felt better, but once the upper finally tore, I did a test and cut open the midsole. The *Pebax core* and not the EVA is what was rough with next to no compression. I was surprised.... pressing my thumbs into the EVA gave way, the pebax felt closer to wood than to foam. Unless the pebax is taken back to formula, I'd say this shoe is better off just EVA without the rock hard pebax core. Outsole: Seth Demoor would have smiled and given his top rating to the tread. Sticky, and just enough, while being minimalistic and durable! I love Topo's in-house tread.
Most Liked Negative Review
Expected greatness, pretty dissappointed for several reasons
I'm 6', 190 lbs, I only run 3x per week, about 3 to 4 miles each time. I need cushy shoes since I'm not skinny and I'm near 60 years old. I cross train with weights. So, honestly, I've been running Topos for years.... MT-2 (awesome), the Magnafly (sent back when it was uncomfortable and the upper ...ripped in short order, Topo gave me 50% discount any new pair), Ultrafly (pretty good shoe, liked it), and original Phantom (pretty awesome, my favorite of the bunch). Now the Specter, I love the Topo story, shape, and fit, BUT... That said, here's the deal. 1) Sheesh, you'll freeze in cold weather - running in 40 degree weather and my toes were numb/freezing - The Specter's fabric is too shear for me - you can see right through the fabric and feel the breeze way too much - maybe fine in summer, but at least say that this shoe is warm weather only in the literature please. 2) Wear - come on! the souls of these shows have like 1mm or less of rubber covering the foam in only sparse spots, they will wear out in VERY SHORT order. Other topos a bit weak here too, but at least have 3 to 4x the rubber. 3) cushion - honestly - VERY disappointed here - my 2 year old Phantoms still feel just as good as these Specters do new. 4) Look - ridiculous logo ad on the side - I felt like a billboard 4) Rebound - so so. Not that impressed. 5) Fit - as expected - pretty good. 6) Weight - quite light and very good - I kind of like the tongue too, laces good. I'd put up with the bulkiness and look if they delivered, but they do not. And frankly I expected more cushion. I will try the latest Phantom and see what happens, I have just ordered and the Phantom 2 has 5mm more stack I see, so that is probably my shoe. Really bummed I wanted to like these and have more cushion for my old bones. So far 40% of Topos I've tried are not good, and 60% were pretty awesome. It's a love/hate relationship I guess.
Reviewed by 50 customers
Roomy and light. I like them.
Comments about Specter
The wide toe box is ideal for my foot issues
Good road running shoe
Comments about Specter
Comfortable road running shoe. As another review said, they airy with the mesh letting a lot of air through. The laces seem to come untied too frequently so I need to double knot them.
Very nice feel
Comments about Specter
I've been enjoying Topo trail shoes for a few years now. I needed a good pair of road shoes for an upcoming road marathon. These don't disappoint. I really like the extra cushion and the responsiveness of these shoes. Not too firm, not too squishy. They've been really nice on long training runs.
Magic Christmas Shoes
I am Topo "fan boy" and have run through multiple pair of just about every model (2 UtraFlys; 3 MagniFlys; 2 Zephyrs; 2 Mtn Racers; 1 Cyclone). I was gifted these shoes for Christmas and was very excited to try 'em. I was not disappointed. The cushioning was a little harsh out of the box. Not sure if this was a break-in period or a result of running in really cold New England temperatures. This went away very quickly. I have ~150 miles on them and couldn't be more impressed. Great combination of cushion and rebound, equally good on road or treadmill at any speed or distance (5K up to 1/2 marathon), and sufficient stability for a mild pronator. My only question about these is the tread wear. I typically get 350-400 on other models. I am hoping these will not disappoint. My only request would be to have one or two conservative color options. I'm too old to be wearing creamsicle orange.
Finally I can run without knee and back pain. Love these shoes. Maybe 100 miles on them now and the sole is wearing well. Goldilocks of running shoes...super cushion, very breathable, and responsive. Very comfortable during the run and after the run. Thanks Tony!
Roomy toe box and maximum cushioning
I walk a lot but also work on my feet for long shifts. I needed a roomy tie box plus a sturdy cushioned shoe for this. The Specter has provided comfort and stability for me.
Just ran a 10k with the Specters fresh out of the box. Quite possibly the most enjoyable road run I've done in years. These shoes have a remarkable balance between cushion and support, and they are super light. Another home run for Topo.
The Buick of my running shoe collection
Comments about Specter
Light and roomy for my toes!
I love this shoe! I have diabetic neuropathy and it's the only shoe I can wear right now that feels good. Cushioning is wonderful, not squishy like the Nike zoom, there's plenty of room in the toe box, and it's very lightweight. Please make this shoe in all black! If you do I'll buy two more pairs.
My favorite sneaker
I've tried all the top sneakers and the Topo Spector is the very best! I just wish there were more colors besides brown.