Saturday, November 15, 2014

I Need New Shoes

I'm in need of some new running shoes, but I don't know what to do.

Last year, when I first started running, I did what you are supposed to do. I went to one of my local running stores and was properly fitted for a new pair of running shoes. They measured my foot, watched me run on a treadmill, and asked questions about what I would be using the shoes for and what my goals were. I was told that I was an overpronator. Of the shoes that were suggested, I went with the Saucony Omni 11. It felt good and was what I stuck with until they were basically falling apart.

My first ever race wearing my first ever pair of running shoes.
When I went in search of new shoes, I was again made to run through hoops (not literally, of course), even though I had my old shoes with me and was looking for something similar. This time, I was told that I was an underpronator. Of the shoes offered, I ended up choosing the New Balance 860.
My first run with my New Balance shoes was great, but they aren't as comfortable as they once were.
The New Balance have been my primary pair of running shoes this year, and they have served me well. Recently, however, I've noticed that they just aren't as comfortable and are really starting to show some wear and tear. 

I've had pretty good performance from both the Saucony and New Balance shoes that I've worn over the past year and a half. I was gifted a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 earlier this year, and they didn't work too well for me - I just didn't find them comfortable and the fit wasn't quite right.

I may not have loved the Brooks shoes, but Hannah sure loved the box they came in.
I began searching for new shoes this week, I went to three different running stores. One told me I overpronate, one said I underpronate, and the third said that I neither over nor underpronate and that my gait was normal. 

In the past, I've always just gone with the suggestions of the folks who work at the running store. After all, they know more about running and running shoes than I do. But now I've gotten vastly different recommendations from different people. One person was shocked at the shoes I'd been wearing and insisted that they were terrible shoes for me and would never have been suggested by anyone who knows anything about running. Ummmm...okay.

So now I'm confused and don't know where to go or what to buy. All I know is that it is time for a replacement pair of shoes. Running shoes aren't cheap. I don't have money to throw away on something that will only be worn once or twice. Does it really matter what type of shoes I wear? I've thought about just searching online for the shoes I'm currently running in and seeing if I can order them again. They've worked well for me so far, so they should continue to be fine. Right? Right!?!

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good pair of running shoes?


  1. Shoes are one of the most 'complicated' things about running - what's supposed to be a simple sport!

    Here are a few of my tips:
    1. If you liked either of the shoes you wore before, you could buy them online for cheaper than in a brick & mortar store. I search on google and a few other spots, and have bought from Sierra Trading Post and Holabird Sports for their deals. I only buy online for shoes I know I want, and once a year I go into a brick & mortar running store to get re-fit (and support my local businesses).

    2. If you do buy at a brick & mortar store, you should not be afraid to take advantage of their return policy. Most places will let you return them within 30 days, even if they have been worn. If the running store doesn't offer that, don't buy from them. (What happens with those shoes: they sell them at running expo's! Check out Road Runner Sports at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo and you'll see their huge tables of slightly worn shoes at huge discounts).

    3. When buying at a brick & mortar, go to the place you feel the most comfortable at. I would probably buy my next set of running shoes from RoadRunner Sports if I had to buy again right now.

    1. Thanks for the advice, Lauren! It is much appreciated.

  2. Gosh. It worries me that they all had such different advice! I actually got fitted at the way wrong shoes for me at a Fleet Feet and didn't know it. Did anyone offer to show you a vid so you can see if you are overpronating, nuetral or supinating? I agree if what's working for you still works... stick with it! :)