I bought new runners! I have started having niggling pains in my feet and decided it was time to buy new shoes. I have run over 800 km in the old ones so probably not a bad idea. The well-trodden shoes are Nike Structure 15s. I never bought them for running as they were my first shoes after the bilateral bunion operation last year. These were the widest and most comfortable shoes I could bare to put on, once being allowed, after clomping around on the surgical shoes for weeks.
My feet after the operation and the surgical shoes which were a balancing act
I bought the Nikes in size 40 when I am normally about 38/39. I wanted them big and roomy as my feet would get very swollen for months after the operation. And they were very comfortable. When I started running I never really thought about what kind of runners I should wear and they did the trick. I have to say I never felt any pain that I would have attributed to the shoes (until recently). The only issue that I have had is due to the large size of the shoe. My toes hit the mesh where it wasn’t reinforced and eventually I had to patch up a hole on the right one.
So yesterday I headed to SweatShop in Central London. They do a personalised fitting where they determine the structure of your arches and analyse your gait. I had to run on the treadmill in various shoes to find the right one. To my surprise my arches are normal/low (I expected completely flat feet) and I am only slightly overpronating. The recommendation was that I should go for a structure shoe. I tried on Asics, Brooks and Mizunos – in the end viewing the videos it was clear that the Asics gave me the most neutral gait.
There is something magical, and yet scary, about new runners. You can’t help but feel a mixture of excitement and hesitation. The old ones served me so well, but rather than go out and buy a new pair of the same, I am doing something completely different – am I mad? They do look much better than the clunky, black Nikes. The reason the old ones are that colour, is because I had to wear them as an everyday shoe. I even wore them to my husband’s 40th Birthday Disco (yes… a disco…). I was hoping that with them being black they wouldn’t be so obvious to be running shoes.
Here are some comparison pictures between the old and the new.
Tomorrow I am due my long run of the week. I am hoping for a 20km one. Maybe I should break the new shoes in slowly but that would just be too sensible. I am too excited about these!
SweatShop operate a policy whereby I can return these shoes, even after wearing them, should I have any problems with them. They will then help me find a pair that works better, should it come to that. Between that and the fact I got my shoes with 50% discount (thanks to my private health insurance) I am one happy bunny. (I know I sound like I am endorsing them but I am not being compensated for any positive comments. The customer service was good and knowledgeable)