Women's | Road

Specter

$160.00
90%
of respondents would recommend this to a friend
Aqua/Lime
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Product Overview

Meet 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.

Specs

  • Best For:Road Running
  • Stack Height:35mm (heel) // 30mm (forefoot)
  • Heel to Toe Drop: 5MM
  • Weight:6.9 OZ (W7)
  • Cushion:
    Responsive
    Balanced
    Cushioned
  • Support:
    Neutral
    Light Stability
  • Pliability:
    Flexible
    Moderate
    Firm

Why We Love It

  • Lightweight Breathable Materials

    For a '2nd Skin' fit and feel.

  • Performance Insoles

    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."

Review Snapshot

4.5

29 ReviewsWrite a Review
90%
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Ratings Distribution

Sizing

Most Liked Positive Review

Almost Perfect!

I have been wearing Topo shoes for years and own at least 10-15 pairs at any given time including the spares I buy in advance. I was heartbroken when my Zephyr's were discontinued and not thrilled to find the only new pavement shoe added into the rotation was the Specter with a whole lot of cushion...

Versus

Most Liked Negative Review

Growing on me, but taking time

I've been having foot numbness for a while and was reading the great reviews for this new style. I have some other Topos for shorter runs (Phantoms for 3-8 milers) and have really needed and liked their wider toe box. Figured I'd give these new more cushioned shoes a try. First - WHY the ugly colors...

Reviewed by 29 customers

My favorite!!

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By Carlyn

From Cascade locks, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Specter

Best running shoes ever! Better than brooks and hukas… and way better looking.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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These shoes feel like they were custom built for me.

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By Angela

From Paxton, Illinois

Verified Buyer

Comments about Specter

I have psoriatic arthritis and, ironically, keeping moving is the best medicine but not always easy to do. These shoes, this design, allows me to walk at nearly the pace of a nonarthritis sufferer. I'll never buy another brand. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great for wide feet and very light

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By Naj

From Qatar

Verified Buyer

Comments about Specter

Roomy tow box allows for all my toes to lay flat in the shoes rather than other running that squish my pinky toe while still feeling secure around the mid foot and heel. The shape of the shoes heels propel you forward and is very light and cushioned so feels like you're wearing nothing. Highly recommend especially if you're like me and your wore vapourflys that squished your toes and felt uncomfortable but you want a shoes just as high performance.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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LOVE the toe box and cushioning!

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By Shannon

From Davidsonville, Maryland

Was a Hoka fan, but now obsessed with these! LOVE the toe box and cushioning. Please add more colors!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Great all the way around Roomy toes Perfect cushion

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By Joanie

From Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about Specter

They are perfect. Room for my toes, perfect cushion for my arthritic 65 year old feet, perfect stability!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Updated review - went up 1/2 size, NO MORE BLISTERS!

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By Felicia

From Arizona

My original review pointed out the fact that I was getting small blisters on the ball/bunion area of my foot. I loved everything else about these shoes, but returned them because of the blisters. I went back to my Magnifly 4 and after a couple of weeks, they were giving me blisters as well. Hmm. Could it be my feet and not the shoes?? I contacted Topo and they suggested that I try the Ultrafly since they have more 'volume' to them. And they do, and the blistering stopped. But I wasn't super happy with the Ultrafly. They were fine but there was no "wow" to them. I couldn't stop thinking about the Specter. So I ordered them in a 1/2 size larger than before. Lo and behold, no blisters. They are a little roomy length-wise, but I think I'm going to be Ok with that because these shoes are just a-mazing. Springy, cushy, light. I will probably buy a second pair as a back up :)

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Best Road Shoe I've EVER Owned!

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By Rachel

From Bishop CA

I train for and run marathons and ultras. All my road runs, both pavement and gravel/dirt, are in these shoes. As a small woman with a high arch, I am prone to supination, but the foot shape/wide tie box helps me correct that, preventing injury. Additionally, these are the perfect match of high cushion and bouncy responsiveness. I have literally never owned a better shoe. Now… please just make one just as cushy with good tread for the trails!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Comfortable and Light

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By Tracy Della Valle

From San Luis Obispo CA

I'll preface this by saying I'm not a big fan of foam (really dislike Hokas)… I use Topo trail shoes for hiking and absolutely love them. So I figured I'd give these new shoes a try for road running, not expecting to like them. I was really surprised at the comfort and nice cushion without losing the "snap" and responsiveness of a lower shoe. These are super light and fast. The typical wide toe box adds comfort. I usually go up a full size for running shoes and these fit TTS. Good job Topo!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Might be my favorite shoes yet

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By Gina

From Vermont

I've loved my Phantom 2s for a long time. The shoe guy at my local shop encouraged me to try these on and they won me over for the springy feel and cushion. Did a short brick workout in them today and they felt great… looking forward to getting out for a longer run in them later this week! Topo shoes fit my foot so well. The toe box is dreamy yet the heel is nice and snug.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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These shoes are the BOMB!!!!

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By Colleen

From Emmaus, PA

Incredibly comfortable and lightweight, great support in the arch area and I love the wider toe box and how they narrow towards the heel for a more snug fit. I use them for light trail running and walking. My feet and legs feel great and no more foot pain. These check all the boxes and I am thrilled with my purchase. I will definitely be purchasing these again & again!! I bought the expresso/peach and they are so cute : ) LOVE!!!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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