Why Internet Shoe Reviews are Worthless

Internet Shoe Reviews are Worthless? Why would I say such a thing? Last year I wrote over 50 shoe reviews.

This is a topic I’ve written about before, but I think it’s important to write about again.  As someone who puts out plenty of internet shoe reviews, it might even seem weird I’m even writing it.

Why Internet Shoe Reviews are Worthless

So Why are Internet Shoe Reviews are Worthless?

The short story is, no running shoe is perfect for everyone. Not that the Nike 4% Vaporfly, not the Brooks Levitate 2, not the adidas ultraboost.  Yes, you would think they were all the best, by how much those shoes are promoted on social media. There is no shoe that will work for everyone and there is no shoe that will “prevent injury”.

Since I work at a run specialty store,  I’m lucky enough to try new running shoes. 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,  run a hundred or so miles on it and review it. If I like the shoe, I run in the shoe for a lot longer than 100 miles.  For instance, I almost always have a Brooks Glycerin and Hoka shoe in my rotation. I like both and they’ve worked.

If it’s not my favorite shoe, I run it once a week, wear it to work, or give it to someone. I also don’t run in shoes that knowingly won’t work out. I’ve turned down several blogging opportunities for a free shoe because I would probably end up with an injury. An internet shoe review is worthless to you because if we have different feet who knows if it will work out for you. That’s why I always hesitate to say it’s a “bad shoe”, although there are a few bad ones.

Why would I buy a shoe that would set me up for failure and injury?

I’m not reviewing a shoe for what works for your feet but for what works for my feet, and that goes with any shoe review. Running shoe reviews are worthless to anyone other than the reviewer. It’s easy to spew facts about how a shoe has changed, but there is no way to tell if a shoe will work 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 specific foot type.

For instance, I supinate; have high arches and wide unshapely feet.  I wear between a womens size 10-11 wide. My feet also prefer a lot of cushion.  Right off the bat, this eliminates minimalist shoes or low profile and lightweight shoes for me. Those who love to train in a lightweight shoe might find my internet running shoe reviews worthless.

And you know what?  That’s fine!

So how do you find these so-called right shoes for you?

I’m biased because I work in a running specialty store.  Go to your local running store and get 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. I’ve fit thousands of feet with all different profiles.

Getting properly fit also saves time, energy, reading worthless running shoe reviews, and possibly going through multiple pairs of shoes.  I can’t tell you how many people come in, get fit, and say: wow that didn’t take long at all.

That’s because running store employees know what they are looking for.  Many running stores have exchange policies 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.

Internet Shoe Reviews are Worthless Conclusion:

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.  (The Brooks Levitate is one of the most over-promoted shoes in the industry right now.  Online you’d think it’s the best…but it’s far from it).

Remember in cliché fashion, every person is 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 tools to find your perfect shoe.  No two feet are the same and what works for me might not work for you.

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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?