6.02.2007

$$ Shoe Whore strikes again!

For the past couple of months I have been dealing with a mild form of tendonitis or perhaps cuboid syndrome, particularly on my outer right arch. I stopped wearing my New Balance 767s that I had worn all winter and went back to my more stable and more $$ 1222s. This helped, but my outer arch area was still pretty tender, so I purchased another pair to keep in rotation (I tend to wear at least 2 different shoe models, that way I can rotate them to keep from stressing the same muscles and joints in the same way and I always have a dry pair if I run in rain or snow), the NB 857, which is their most stable stability shoe (and probably bordering on a motion control shoe).

While this definitely has helped my arch area, the 857 is a little too stable for my legs, so I found that some runs in this shoe were actually painful. A couple of weeks ago I even purchasd some $24 orthotic insoles to put in my shoes, but this added too much stability (but they work really great in the shoes that I use when I do my strength-training workouts, so that wasn't a wasted purchase by any means...I think they'd be great for lots of walking, too). Then I tried another solution--small heel cushion/lifts under my insoles. While this made my arches happy, it royally angered my shins...back to square 1.

So it occurred to me that maybe I would be further ahead looking at a completely different brand of shoe. I have had great luck with NB (particularly with the 1222--I'm on my 2nd pair and have run 2 10 mile races, a half marathon, and a 25k in this model), but I'm tired of nursing a chronic injury. Wearing shoes indoors all the time also helps, but it's not the cure.

So yesterday I made the trek down to our nearest full-service running store and had a really knowledgeable sales guy help me find a better shoe for my needs. He watched me walk barefoot and looked at my feet (normal arch when sitting, flat arch when standing...lots of collapse which likely has a good deal to do with my arch problems). He said that my 1222s are definitely a good shoe for me (moderate stability, lots of cushion...generally worn by larger, heavier runners, but I tend to not be light or quick on my feet), but had me try on about a half-dozen other similar shoes.

I ended up with a pair of Asics Gel Kayano XIII (cushioned moderate stability trainer), which is one of Asics most popular, top-of-the-line (and $$) shoes. They are a direct competitor to my 1222s and the exact same price, but they seem to hug my foot a bit better, particularly in my rearfoot area. They also come in wides, which is pretty necessary for me (though the wide version only comes in one boring color--that's where NB trumps everyone else...they make ALL of their shoes in every color in wide and narrow widths, as well as the average mediums). For $135 I should have choice in color, right...?

I did a short run last night in them. At first they felt sort of weird...not really painful. I did have some shin pain while running, but I have been dealing with painful runs for the past week from using the heel lifts, so I'm pretty certain it's not due to the shoes--they also seem to support my arches better, particularly on my outside edge. I will keep doing my shorter runs in these for a week or two until I have broken them in a bit and have a better idea of whether they will suit my needs. The running store will take them back if they aren't right for me. If that's the case, then I am probably back to square 1. I tried Brooks and Saucony shoes that both were similar, so that might be my next option, though they still did not fit my foot as nicely as the Asics. I also tried a Nike+ model (which would be cool with my iPod) and they fit my feet well, but tilted my foot out a bit and I'm pretty certain would not be a happy shoe for me.

4 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new shoes! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Asics as they were the first apir of "real" running shoes I ever purchased.

    Liz

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  2. Heh, me too...though those Gel Lytes that we wore for track were REALLY the wrong shoe for me. It's a wonder I never ended up with stress fractures with all of my shin splint issues and poorly chosen shoes.

    What shoe are you in nowadays?

    k

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  3. Oh, I don't really care much about my running shoes as I am simply a casual and occasional runner. I think mine are Saucony? I didn't spend much money on them but I haven't had any problems with them either. I was much more selective about choosing a good walking shoe as I do A LOT of walking.

    Liz

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  4. I tried on a couple of Saucony models the other day--they definitely fit nicely, though not quite as well as the Asics. Since I like to rotate 2-3 models--saving the most $$ model for long runs and races--I may look at a pair of Sauconys next time I need to replace my secondary shoes. I think it was the ProGrid Omni 6 Moderate that I liked best. They're generally about $45 cheaper than the Asics, too.

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