Xiaomi recently unveiled its latest lifestyle product in India, the Mi Men's Sports Shoes 2 in India at an introductory price of Rs 2,499. Xiaomi claims these running shoes have a unique 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology and a fishbone structure, which make the pair shock absorbent, durable, and slip-resistant.
The Mi Sports Shoes 2 arrived at the KillerFeatures office just before the long weekend, and we decided to give them a go at one of the best jogging locations in Delhi - the majestic Lodi Gardens. To make it even more interesting, we decided to test the Redmi Note 7 Pro's stellar rear camera one last time, to see how it handles nature photography.
As soon as you put your foot into the Mi Sports Shoes, you immediately feel a snug fit, thanks to the fishbone structure that takes the shape of your foot, no matter how wide it is. This design reminds us of the Nike FlyKnit series, which offers a similar fabric and design language. The sole on this pair of joggers is more than adequate, giving you the comfort you need for running, jogging, or walking.
We reached Lodi Gardens early morning, at around 6.30am, just in time for the Sunday summer sunrise. All the monuments in the park premises were looking picturesque, alongside the thousands of flowers planted around them.
We tried out the Mi Shoes on three different surfaces — the dirt running track, the concrete walking track, and the grassy grounds. The comfort fit and snug feeling remained constant throughout these three experiences, allowing you to avoid losing balance and hurting yourself. One particular highlight of the sole is the large ridge between the midfoot and the heel, which acts as a great shock absorber especially when running on hard surfaces at fast speeds.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro's rear camera was also put to good use during our jog at Lodi Gardens. Every lane, every turn at this location is a treat to your eyes, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro mostly did justice to them.
Close-up shots of monuments and posters came out great, with the Redmi's camera capturing perfect details and colours. However, as previously noted by us, the phone is not particularly great while clicking landscape shots - especially when there are different colours involved.
That said, portrait shots came out well, and we had a great time shooting, stills on the phone's 48MP mode, which clicks images well over 15MB in file size.
After a good 30-minute run around the outer boundary of Lodi Gardens, we noticed that the Mi Men's Sports Shoes 2 were particularly good when you were shifting from walking to jogging to bouts of intense sprints, in quick succession. The pair of shoes even managed to protect itself from getting any permanent bend creases during push-ups and ab planks.
All in all, the experience with Xiaomi's new products was great. We only had one problem with the Mi Shoes - the white sole is extremely prone to show stains while running on not-so-clean tracks. But, you can also pick up an all-black version of the shoes from Mi.com, so that option is there. The shoes are now priced at Rs 2,999 in India.
If you don't wish to splurge on more expensive runners like the Adidas UltraBoost or the Nike FlyKnit, the Mi Sports Shoes 2 are a good purchase decision on a budget. They are certainly better than some ASICS joggers out there, priced around the Rs 5,000 mark.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is priced starting at Rs 13,999. Put in the affordable Mi Sports Bluetooth earphones, which cost just about Rs 1,500, into the mix, and you have for yourself a nice trio to take with you on your morning jogs.