New Shoes

My green asics only have 200 or so miles on them, but over the last weeks they have seemed more and more ‘tired’.   I’ve been having some heel pain, which I’ve never had before.  I thought the padding might be shot, and I even wondered if the wear on the shoes contributed to my shin splints. Today I went to Bandanna Running in downtown Boise and did the whole stride evaluation thing.  They looked at my old shoes, and though I don’t ‘pronate’ much, there was some wrinkling at the instep, which basically meant the shoe was collapsing downward in exactly the place where I need good support due to the shin splints.  The watched me run and walk and then they started bringing boxes out.  They had me try different brands on each foot, which was a nice way of clarifying which shoe felt better.  It was the first time in my life that the looks of the shoe didn’t really factor into the purchase.

I almost went with asics again– a different style than my old ones.  But it turned out that a pair of New Balance fit even better.  WAY more cushion in the heel than my worn ones, so that should be good.  And the material in the instep is firmer, which they felt would support me better and guard against the return of shinsplints.  The skeptical part of me knows that they are in the business of selling shoes and so I am taking their opinion with a grain of salt.   But my run this afternoon in my new shoes felt great– definitively better than with my old shoes.  So we’ll see how it goes!

Kinda fun to have been running long enough to have actually worn out a pair of shoes.  Makes me feel like a ‘real’ runner!


  1. katherine says:

    i’m not a hard-core runner, but my experience over the last few years is that running store folks are trustworthy. in fact, i’ve had them sell me a shoe that’s cheaper because they believed it was better for my feet/stride. i think most running store folks are runners themselves and want you to love running, too. that means selling you a shoe that is truly great for your feet, not necessarily the biggest profit.

    and, for what it’s worth, you ARE a “real” runner!! keep up the great work!

  2. I wear “running” shoes as my everyday shoe. I made the mistake of choosing cost over fit with the last pair. The Nikes I bought just are not as comfortable as the New Balance I had. I will be going back to the New Balance next time! Even within the same brand, I found that different shoes can fit differently. I look for a very specific style to fit my wide toes properly.

  3. There is a store here in the DFW metroplex called RunOn and I’ve had great experiences there — they do exactly as your store did and evaluate how you walk and then put you in shoes that work best for your feet. If anyone has a store like that in their area, I would highly recommend it!!

  4. I know so many runners who love Asics, but they do not work for me. I love my Mizuno’s. A running store put me in them, so I’m another advocate of following their advice. Watch the pain – I ended up shelling out $400 for custom orthotics because I kept trying to ignore it. I think had I bought the right shoes to begin with, I wouldn’t have had to deal with the plantar fasciitis and no needed the orthotics.

  5. I hope that the running store also told you that to get your shoes to last longer, you should not wear them for any other activity other than running and you should give your shoes a rest, only run in them every other day. If you are going to run daily, you should have two pairs that you rotate. The cushion needs a chance to resume it’s shape.

  6. Good fitting shoes are important. Glad you got a good pair

  7. My husband and I are in the second week of running. I am thinking that we will need to invest in better shoes. I am using some adidas and my husband his old ones with some inserts from New Balance.

    Not sure of a store around here that would give us an evaluation like that.

  8. Robin G says:

    An Army study found that the “scientific” matching of feet/pronation style to shoes increased the number of running injuries. My own experience matches the study results! Some people swear by barefoot running style (they make “barefoot shoes” but I don’t know if those are the answer either). Just know that all the matching tools are not scientific and the science behind them is flawed.