I toyed with the idea of several titles for this post including:
Why you shouldn’t believe too much in running shoe reviews
Take every shoe review with a grain of salt…
The internet lies to your feet…
There’s a good and bad shoe for every foot…
There are plenty of shoes in the Running Shoe Sea…
Or sorry your favorite colored shoe is the worst one for your feet…
Ultimately each title speaks about the same topic. Every month I’m lucky enough to try out a new running shoe. One of the perks of my job is being able to see the newest and latest shoes on the market. The downside is half of my paycheck goes to work.
For the most part, I purchase a new shoe monthly from work, run a hundred or so miles in it and review it. If I like the shoe, such as the Saucony Triumph, I run in the shoe for a lot longer than 100 miles. If it’s not my favorite shoe, I run it once a week or will just wear it to work. I don’t play Russian Roulette and scope out shoes that I think won’t work for my foot type. Why would I buy a shoe that would set me up for failure? Duh.
In summary, I’m not reviewing a shoe for what works with your feet but what works for my feet. This goes with any shoe review. It’s easy to spew facts about the shoe or how the cut has changed, but there is no way to tell how the shoe will work for you…until you run in the shoe.
No two feet are the same including your own two feet. Each shoe works well for a particular foot type and doesn’t work well for a certain foot type.
For instance, I supinate; have high arches and wide unshapely feet. My feet also prefer a lot of cushion. Right off the bat this eliminates minimalist shoes or low profile and light weight shoes for me.
And you know what? That’s fine!
For example, the brand Mizuno works for a lot of people. They are lightweight, firm and narrow. The Mizuno Wave Rider is a neutral shoe, and it looks like it would be great on paper for me, however, when I put it on it doesn’t good. They have a large following of runners that the show technology does work well. Mizuno’s are great shoes…just not for me. This can be said about every single brand from Nike to Asics to Saucony…the list is endless.
There is a shoe that works and a shoe that doesn’t for every foot type. It’s important that once you find out what works to stay with it. Sure you can switch brands but don’t jump between ultra stable and minimalist or you asking for an injury. That is an injury that was probably easy to avoid…
So how do you find these so called right shoes for you?
I’m biased because I work in a running specialty store. One route of finding a good for you shoe is going to your local running store and being fit by a professional. Most running store employees have seen every foot type imaginable. They aren’t going to put you in a shoe that isn’t correct for your feet.
Getting properly fit also saves time, energy and possibly going through multiple pairs of shoes. Many running stores (such as mine), have a two-week exchange policy that you can run in the shoe and make sure it does work for you. You never know until you hit the pavement, trails, treadmill or track.
So yes while reading reviews of various running shoes can be helpful, it will never replace trying a pair of shoes on your feet and seeing what works for you. You should never base an opinion of a shoe on what I or anyone says about it.
Remember in cliché fashion, every person in different. Every foot’s needs are different, and that is why there are so many different makes and models of running shoes. My point is this running shoe reviews can be helpful in learning other people’s opinions of a shoe, but they are just tool to find your perfect shoe. No two feet are the same and what works for me might not work for you.
Questions for you:
What kind of running shoes do you wear?
How seriously do you take running shoe reviews? Would you buy a shoe because LOLZ told you too?