I wish I knew of a good way to tell when my shoes are wearing out. It was a week of my feet hurting after work outs, socks coming out of the shoes filthy, and blistering that didn’t abate before I came to terms with the fact that my Saucony’s were rotting on my feet. It was time to put them to rest and head to Bob Roncker’s Running Spot.
Fitted into a pair of New Balance’s I love, I feel returned to form. There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes—with their fresh smell, perfect cushioning, and grippy tread—and I relish the feeling while I can. Because with my weight and the amount of exercising I’m doing, they take surprisingly little time to wear out. I’ve already sent three pairs of running shoes to the trash heap! (Four, if you count the pair I started the year in.)
In addition to my New Balance’s, which are my all-around shoe, I have a pair of Mizuno’s I alternate in. I use a pair of exceptionally supportive Nike’s just for roadwork, walking and running. After trying to play tennis in a pair of super-cushioned HOKA’s and miraculously failing to twist an ankle, Joseph took me down the road to the fantastic Midwest Sports outlet, where I got a proper pair of Adidas tennis shoes.
The difference in using a shoe for its intended form is night and day and got me to wonder. Why not a cross training shoe for group training, with its lateral movements for which a running shoe isn’t designed. Maybe I could use my tennis shoes but, knowing my shoes aren’t going to last even close to forever, shouldn’t I save them for tennis? And then what should I to wear for cycling when none of the above share the attributes of a biking shoe…
My shoe budget has replaced a substantial fast food budget and I’m infinitely healthier for it!
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