I’ve completely changed my running shoes. I’m no longer running in Newtons at all. Right now I’m training in both the Asics Nimbus and the Hoka Clifton (neither have sponsored this post).
Both of these shoes are extremely cushioned which is exactly what I need right now. Looking back at the last 4 months of my training, I’ve been injured for three out off out of four months. I was in a weird limbo stage for the other month. So I can sum up the last four months as my running did not go well. However, I’m not changing my shoes because my running left a lot to be desired.
First, I’ve never been a minimalist shoe person. With the exception of racing flats, I like a nice cushioned shoe.
Why leave Newtons, a shoe I’ve run in most of my running career?
For most of my running career that shoe was the Newton Gravity. In few shoes, Newton has gone through multiple shoe design changes. Newton went from 4 lugs to 5 and narrowed the toe box. Long story short, I haven’t run successfully in them. I was getting away with running in the shoes but it didn’t feel as good to me as before. Realistically, the changes they’ve made have been so drastic (for me personally), it’s a change of shoe anyways. (I hoarded a bunch of previous models when they were on clearance). Anything I begin running now is going to be different from the shoe I spent three years running in. Nothing lasts forever and while this shoe design may work for some, it doesn’t work for me. (I’m not blaming any of my injuries on Newtons, I’m just explaining my reasoning to switch shoes).
So that takes me to now is a perfect time to switch shoes. Why?
I haven’t run in almost two months and I have to progress into running slowly anyways. If I jump into miles too quickly, I’ll get injured. The same thing that would happen if I decided to run in different shoes at 70 miles per week.
So this is a good time for me to switch shoes.
Another random point, since my bone broke, my foot has gone up about a half size. My feet now measure at an awkward 9.5 WIDE. (My runner store nerd talking) But going up a half size to a full size in running shoes won’t hurt or injure you but too small of shoes will.
All of my current shoes are too small and my shoe of choice has been modified anyways. Things in life are not forever and it was good timing to switch shoes anyways. Lucky for me since I haven’t been racing, I was able to buy some new running shoes. New running shoe cost will take precedence over racing anyways (at least for me). You can’t race without shoes…well some people can I guess.
So after running for a couple of weeks in both the Asics nimbus and Hoka Clifton, I’m happy with the cushion in both. The Asics nimbus is a little heavier and dense which I like. I’ve been running more of my Alter G miles in the Asics. I’ve been running more of my outdoors shoes in the Hoka Clifton. I like both shoes a lot and so far I’m happy with both of the shoes. It’s tough to say which pair I like better since I’ve put about 15 miles on each. As my running (hopefully) picks up, I’ll be able to make more concrete thoughts.
Once I run another week in the Hokas I’ll have a review about them (I’ve gotten a lot of questions about them!)
I alternate each run in opposite shoes. So far I am extremely pleased with both and I’m glad I have decided to switch shoes. At work, we always preach don’t fix what ain’t broken. (Don’t change your running shoes if you have stayed injury free). That applies to the majority of cases in running but when a shoe goes through a drastic change or you are getting injured, it might be time to fix the shoe.
If you have any questions about either shoe feel free to ask and Ill try my best to find an answer.
Questions for you:
Have you changed running shoes completely?
What is your shoe of choice?