Lately, I’ve been doing a short blogging challenging and writing about different topics. Most questions are related to running and training, but after all, this is a running blog. I’m enjoying writing about different subjects, and it’s kept my thinking hat on.
Other Topics I’ve Written About:
One Mistake I’m Glad I Made
Why Training for Shorter Distances will make you a Better Distance Runner
Blog Topic 3: There is No Perfect Running Shoe
Working at a running store has it’s perks. I get to learn more about shoes than I ever thought possible. Before working at the store, I knew a little bit about the shoes I ran in. I knew I liked them, and I knew they worked for me. I knew nothing about other brands or models. Considering I did the majority of my running in Newtons, I had a lot to learn about other brands.
There is no “perfect shoe” because the greatest shoe for one person is not the greatest for another.
Some people thrive on minimal shoes; some people thrive on maximum cushioned shoes. Some need a lot of stability, and some need none…Stability is just one factor. However, someone’s foot shape has a lot to do with shoe selection too.
Each brand style is cut a little different, and while most brands have both a narrow and wide option (some even double wide), it’s important to realize you might wear a different size. I wear anywhere between a 9.5 wide to a size 11 depending on the cut of the actual shoe.
The question of “What is the best shoe?”, Depends on a person’s foot shape, their activities, and their goals. Just thinking out loud, every running shoe is the best for someone. Similarly, every running shoe is the worst for someone.
Second, no one tells you the prices of a good pair of running shoes! A good pair of running shoes will cost you between $100-$120. The cost isn’t because you are being ripped off, but companies develop technology that cost that much to create, plus labor costs, etc.
There are plenty of ways to find sales on shoes such as older models or discontinued styles. You might have to sacrifice the shape of the shoe matching your foot.
For instance, on paper, I love a neutral high cushioned shoe. The Adidas Boost or Brooks Glycerin appear to match that criteria. However, neither match the shape of my foot. I find the shoes extremely uncomfortable.
Find out the month your favorite shoe is updated and buy a few on clearance as they are making the change. To me, my feet are important and finding shoes that work well is important so I will budget appropriately.
Running shoes are expensive, but it’s the most expensive part of the sport. Once you find your shoe, you can find out when sales and deals are. I always recommend signing up for your local running stores emails because they often have the best deals of any place!
Questions for you:
What is your perfect running shoe?
How often do you replace shoes?