well...kinda like that, but for shoes.
Here's my rules for buying running shoes.
1. Go to a running specialty store. Usually everyone who works there are serious runners. They love this sport and they know their gear. Running specialty stores usually will watch you walk (to see if your pronate etc) and run in a your shoes to determine the level of support you may need. The store I go to even had a camera set up to watch your feet on a tread mill, which you can watch on a tv in front of you while you're running or they can then play back in slow motion to really show you your stride.
2. Go later in the day so your feet have had time to expand.
3. Listen to the sales clerk when he tells you to go up a half or possibly whole size. Your feet may expand even more during a run, you want the room.
4. Don't shop for name brand, color or style. Go for fit and feel. But...but... I only every wear (insert brand here). Get over being stuck on a big name brand. You and your new shoes are going to travel a lot of miles together they need to support your feet properly, not look pretty or be the hottest shoe on the market.
For the past few years I've been happily running in brooks, glycerin's to be exact. But I always make a point to try on a few different brands to see if maybe this time something else will work for me.
First up was the asics GEL-Nimbus 13
Next up, Mizuno Wave Rider 15
On to... Newtons Lady Issac
Newtons have a whole different philosophy on running shoes than your average brand. Their idea is at the core of the minimalist running movement. Newtons place more support on the forefoot of the shoot, where one should naturally strike the ground first if you were running barefoot. Most of us, and yes myself included heel strike, meaning the heal hits the ground first then follows through to the toe.
This video can show you the difference between a heel strike and a fore strike:
Newton's shoes are designed to get you running lighter on your feet by providing that extra cushion on the fore strike area which will promote using a fore strike and not a heel strike. Current research is still being done on this and whether or not it's really beneficial to the joints, but the general thought is that a fore strike creates less impact on knees and hips. Newtons were also given a big write up in last months issue of runner's world magazine. I highly recommend reading if your interested in this style of running. I am really intrigued by the idea but I'm also mid-way through half marathon training again. I just don't know if it's a good time for me to attempt to completely over haul how I run when I'm trying to increase my mileage weekly. Usually if you go from a regular running shoe to "minimal" shoes you have to start your mileage back at walking around the block essentially and build yourself up. It's the wrong time for me to go in that direction so I'm putting these on the back burner for now, but I have a feeling I might be investigating them again further soon.
So what did I end up with?
Good ol' Brooks Glycerin 9's
So yes, I highly recommend brooks, but ONLY if they're the shoe for you. Who knows asics, mizuno or the newtons could be the right fit. We all have different feet.
Also... some other running gear I can't live with out:
- CEP Compression sleeves. I swear by these, any calf cramps that start to pop up during my runs, these puppies keep them at bay.
- Feetures running socks. Arch hugging LOVE is what I call them. I'm all for a good arch hugging sock