Does it take you 3 years to buy shoes if you are looking for a new brand/model? We went to the running store on Sunday and I swear my clerk must’ve been ready to punch me in the face because I tried on about 10 pairs of shoes. Then, I narrowed it down to three and I had to have one on one foot and one on the other, then I had to switch feet because my right foot has a blister, and I didn’t want my blister pain to affect my decision. The guy (kid; I think he was 12) was so nice and didn’t even roll his eyes (to my face) but I just know he wanted to. I tried on Saucony, Mizuno, Adidas, and Brooks. I can’t even tell you which models of each shoe first of all because there was more than one in each brand and secondly because I have a horrid memory.
So, I narrowed it down to the Brooks Transcend. (you all know I hate decisions) After wearing minimal shoes for a year, I wanted to try traditional shoes again. From my stride, the clerk felt I needed a cushion shoe, but I had so many problems with shoes before I found Mizuno Nirvanas (support shoe that is no longer made) I was nervous about going back to cushioned shoes. He felt the Transcend was a good mix of support & cushion.
I also tried on the Brooks Pure Flow, which has a 4mm drop (vs. the 8mm Transcend). However, it is a light weight shoe and at that time I felt I might need a traditional running shoe. Now, I feel like maybe I should have tried the Pure Flow. It might have been a nice compromise. Does anyone wear Pure Flows?
Here’s my actual new shoe with the two other things that feel into my hands accidentally as I checked out. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
I got a SpiBelt, which I actually LOVE. I have trouble finding arm bands small enough for me, so the guy (kid) at the store suggested a SpiBelt. I wasn’t sure I’d like wearing something on my waist, but it’s a LOT more comfy than something on my arm and it holds a lot more!
I also picked up an Asics Long Haul Handheld water bottle. I tried it running the other night and I really like it! I will only carry it if I’m running over an hour, but it will be nice for those longer runs. It’s the perfect size and I didn’t mind carrying it on Sunday’s 6-miler at all.
Do you take forever buying shoes? Do accessories “accidentally” get purchased at the checkout?