A shoe lesson

by keeprunningstrong

My cushion from the ground

These are my new support from the ground. I recommend them to all.

With every stride, my foot hits the ground, and my knees take a pounding. The balls on the front are sore, and the backs of my heels are starting to blister.

What the heck is going on?

At first glance, I didn’t notice the poor condition of my footwear. They were never a concern. Shoes are material items that don’t matter much to me.

But my shoes are the only protection and comfort separating my foot from the ground, and I am neglecting them.

Yet the soles of my Saucony running shoes are worn, and the interior lining depleted.

A running friend of mine told me in a casual conversation over dinner the other day that he replaces his running shoes about every six months. I did some research and discovered that shoes should be swapped out every 400 to 500 miles, which is about every six months for an avid runner. Read this article to see another bloggers perspective.

Apparently, I needed new equipment.

First, my budget is small. It’s so small in fact that I make no money. I’m a poor college student, whose only income is from student loans and aid. And of course, my wife supports me.

But If I am to continue running, I need new shoes.

The price of running shoes range anywhere from $40 to $200. My choices are limited. But I managed to convince my wife to let me purchase shoes with about an $80 limit.

I haven’t shopped for running shoes in a while. The last pair I owned was a Christmas present a year ago from my wife. Before that pair, my shoes were from high school, and my mother purchased those, also, for Christmas.

So this was kind of a process for me. At Dick’s Sporting Goods, shoes now come in many different styles. They sell lightweight shoes with little sole cushion. And they sell heavier shoes with tons of cushion. They sell shoes built for dirt, or rubber, or a track. And they sell shoes that are optimal for all surfaces.

I try them all.

But I limit myself to searching through the Nike shoes only. They have a strangle hold on my options.

I’ll explain….

For Christmas my father-in-law bought me the Nike + IPod attachment. Originally, I used a pouch to hold the little contraption to the laces of my shoes, but it wasn’t working well (I’ll divulge all the details in another post, but you can read about it here.)

So … I read online that the Nike attachment is more accurate with Nike shoes. They are manufactured to hold the little object. And I wanted this thing to work. The Nike + IPod attachment makes running much more interesting.

Incidentally, the light shoes aren’t comfortable on my feet. They do not have enough padding, and they are tight. I have wide feet.

The track shoes are … well … for track. And I’m running all over the place.

But, after about 45 minutes of searching, I discover the shoes best fit for me: the Nike Moto 9. They are shiny silver and blue, with the usual black swish on the sides. The airy material helps my feet breathe. And best of all, the soles provide a nice bounce to my step.

My first run with the shoes took about 40 seconds off of my previous time. I don’t know if the improvement was psychological or if the shoes provided the extra burst. But I recommend these shoes to any casual runner. They cost about $84 at Dick’s.

And my feet feel great. I’ll no longer take my shoes – my support from the ground – for granted.