Thoroughly intrigued by the Strike Movement brand last year and their initial shoe, the Interval, I am hit with a new style and look this year with the Chill Pill. Will they stand up to hard work or get stuck in relax mode?
I admit, I had never heard of Strike Movement until last year when they asked me to review the Interval. I also admit after looking at their website and seeing what I was getting into I was a little less enthused. But if I have to name a most surprising shoe (behind the Under Armour Black Ice), the Interval is it. Labeled as a cross-trainer, more specifically “a mid-foot strike cross-trainer that outperforms its competitors while retaining a classic wearable aesthetic,” I put that shoe through some intense weights and running and it came back for more. Admittedly more minimal than I normally like to wear (haven’t hopped on that bandwagon completely yet), I was worried about the support and cushioning. The construct of the sole and the Stable Platform technology in the midsole took care of my notions.
Now comes the Chill Pill. If I thought the Interval was minimal and casual, then the Chill Pill is downright couch potato in appearance. Looking like a slimmed-down Vans classic to play in, the shoe screams “Ten more minutes, mom!” But just like last year, built-for-speed comes in many shapes and sizes. Let’s go…