didn’t know what to title this blog post at first!! at first i thought “ugly shoes” but nixed it…didn’t sound too nice.
so anyway, last nite the Flyers had a special shopping night at Jackrabbit Sports in Union Square…which included us getting a nice discount on purchases that nite. since i had help set the event up, i had to be there to oversee things, and felt it didn’t hurt to get re-analyzed. especially since now i’m not too sure if the Brooks are my perfect shoe. after seeing that there was no gait difference between stability shoes and motion-control shoes (and I wear orthotics too) I was even more puzzled. finally, the person who was helping me asked if they had ever put me in a neutral shoe to test-they hadn’t. so i tried out 2 brands…the Asics Gel-Cumulus 7 and the Brooks Glycerin 4 with my orthotics in them. Surprise of surprises-my gait still looked fine, no pronation!! Hmmm! I had been wearing the Asics Nimbus 7’s (and the 6’s before that) before I was injured-which I did like (but felt like was a little too much shoe…and I was told by a salesperson at Urban Athletics that the Cumulus was the “poor man’s Nimbus”) but was lacking arch support then, which I do have now with the orthotics. So I’ll decided to try the Cumluses…we’ll see. (and with the discount, also picked up a new pair of sport sunglasses…needed to replace the crapola ones I wore at the Bronx half last year.)
The catch!! Though I know you don’t buy running shoes for looks, I’ve been lucky so far that any running shoes I’ve worn have been very appealing to the eye as well. But these…oh man, orange is NOT my color!!! Well maybe this is a sign…the shoe that looked least likely may actually be the one that’s most likely? Hopefully?
After all…like men, how many more running shoes are there left for me to try?