Since I started running two years ago, I’ve been a pick supporter of going to your running store, get fitted, by the sneakers they recommend.
I’ve been religiously doing this for two years, every time I need new runners.
This year the running store (Runner’s Edge) realized I had been placed in the wrong shoe last year. Seems there is a fine line between pro-nation and running slightly pigeon toed!
This year I was placed in Asics Cumulus and then Mizuno Wave Rider. I seemed to have killed the Cumulus in under 5 months! Once I fixed my lacing on the Wave Riders, my feet are extremely happy! But I have been wanting a second pair to alternate runs with.
So, around christmas time I was at the outlet stores. Asics was having an amazing deal – by one pair, get a second 50%. I was placed in a pair of Asics earlier in the year, so I talked to those at the store about the pair I was placed in, and which other pair would give me the same type as what I had.
Well, that failed miserably. I left the store with two pairs of sneakers, GT-2000s. I loved the look of them, my feet felt secure in them, I was happy.
25 days later I was back at the store returning them.
I bought the wrong type.
I was at the Running Store with a friend (who listened to me and let me take her to get fitted!). I thought I would ask them if the seekers are the reason my ankle has been bothering me again (I was in a boot 5 years ago cause I bought the wrong sneakers).
He agreed with my assessment, the sneakers were the culprit. The GT-2000s were a vastly different type of sneaker then the Cumulus 16.
So for now I shall happily run in my Wave Riders. Hopefully they will last me until April – birthday present time!
Lesson Learned: don’t try to shop without finding out what type of sneaker you need, even if you have to get a list from all the brands!