This post is coming a little out of order, but I felt the others were more time sensitive.
I’ve learned that the first thing you should do before doing any kind of running is finding the right shoes. Don’t search the internet for shoe reviews, either. Go to a running store (like Luke’s Locker) and get fitted.
The day finally came for my to retire my adidas Marathon 10’s that I bought for $60 at Academy.
My experience went something like this:
I decided to go randomly on my lunch break. I didn’t give myself a budget, because I just wanted to find good shoes. I’ve also heard this isn’t the place to cheap out.
I visited Luke’s Locker. An associate, we’ll call him Jim, helped me.
I gave him all the necessary information he needed about my feet. Note: it’s a great idea to bring in your current running shoes. I didn’t.
- I always get wear on the outside of my shoe soles, which means I underpronate. Apparently, this is a typical problem for people with high arches, so I assumed I had high arches; however, I have low to normal arches – this is exactly why you should get fitted!
He sized my foot.
- Running shoes are apparently supposed to be 1-2 sizes larger and have about an inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. I normally wear a 6.5-7, and he put me in 8.5’s. My Marathon 10’s were a 7.5… oops.
Then he gave me some weird socks that are specific to the left and right foot. Who knew?
He disappeared to the back room to get some shoes.
When he came out, he gave me a pair to try on.
When I put them on, he took me to a treadmill to analyze the way I run to pick out other possibilities.
Jim disappears again.
He returns with 3 different pairs. I try on 1 on each foot to compare. The first, a pair of New Balances; the second, a pair of Mizunos.
- I liked different things about each.
The Mizunos were stable, but made my left ankle feel weird.
The New Balances were comfortable, but felt so lightweight that I questioned whether they would be up to par for longer runs.
- We kept the New Balances to compare with the last pair, which were:
These were my favorite. Of course, they were also the most expensive. I desperately wanted to deviate from my trend of buying adidas running shoes, but I loved them from first step. They had the right amount of support but I didn’t feel like I was wearing a giant pillow (I’ve tried Asics and that’s what they feel like). Apparently, these shoes are neutral, which is not the same as having a neutral foot. Jim said it should feel like I was running on a slipper. Yes, that’s exactly what they feel like. Mission: Accomplished.
One thing I should mention is that Luke’s Locker is a specialty store, but Foot Locker actually was running a special. I put the shoes on hold and discovered this after I left the store, which led me to buy them at Foot Locker. Jim was great, and I even called to see if they would match the price (some stores do, and he did spend time with me, so I wanted him to get credit), but alas, they would not. I ended up switching the shoes out for an 8 because my heel started slipping out a lot the first time I wore them, even after tightening the laces, but other than that, I saved about $20 from doing it that way.
I ran my first run in the new shoes on the 4th of July, with no knee trouble. They feel great. Plently of room in the toes and support in the heel and arch area. I am pretty sure that’s what you should look for. And I was able to get a pretty color (purple, my favorite), even though that shouldn’t be a deciding factor.