Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Shoes, Part 2

You may or may not remember my disappointment with New Balance last month. Long story short: I ordered a replacement online for my worn out New Balance 860s directly from New Balance, my package never arrived, New Balance didn't care and told me it wasn't their problem, so I was simply out the $120 I paid for the shoes.

The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth, and I swore to never buy anything made by New Balance again. So, off to Fleet Feet Chicago I went, in search of new shoes. My only request: no New Balance, please. I ended up buying a pair of Saucony Omni 13s with high hopes, convinced that they would be the answer to all of my problems.

Sadly, they just didn't work for me. I tried to make them work. I really did. I had paid a lot of money for my new shoes and wanted them to work out so badly. I convinced myself that I was doing something wrong. I had worn the Omni before, but that was several versions ago. In the end, I had to finally admit that they just weren't the shoe for me. They were never comfortable, especially on long runs, and they left me with horrific blisters along the sides of my feet and tight, uncomfortable calves.

After finally giving up on my new shoes, I made my way back to Fleet Feet Chicago. I was fitted for new shoes, and guess what shoe was not only the first one recommended to me, but was also the most comfortable of the six or so pairs I tried on? You guessed it. New Balance 860.

I have a complicated relationship with these shoes.
I really struggled with whether or not to buy these shoes. My April encounter with New Balance had me prepared to actively boycott the company for the remainder of my days. In the end, however, I couldn't deny that these were the best shoes for me at this stage in my life as a runner.

Am I a hypocrite? Yes. But I'm a hypocrite who is once again running blister and pain free, so I'm not feeling too terrible.

And although I hate to admit it, I will probably be running in New Balance shoes for the foreseeable future...or at least until I can find and afford a decent replacement.

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