It’s quite embarrassing to admit this, being a “healthy-living blogger” and all… But I had no idea that….
You’re supposed to replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles. And they should never celebrate a birthday.
Welp, long story short… my beloved Asics Kayanos are almost 3 years old.
I figured I should buy some new running shoes, after hearing that I should’ve retired my tried and true shoes about 2 years ago. Running shoes are a big purchase, and I’m a poor (and cheap) college student. I can’t be making it rain every time I walk into a sporting goods store, although I wish that could happen. I would have every color of sports bra known to man.
I digress. So, on Friday afternoon I moseyed on into Runners Roost in search of a new pair of kicks. Yes, I just said kicks. I told the nice man at Runner Roost that I wasn’t really sure if I had been running in the right pair of shoes, as my knees and ankles were hurting, and I had PL tendonitis last April (which I am now attributing to old-as-dirt running shoes that were around when fire was discovered). He had me hop on the treadmill and video taped my stride.
It seems as though I have a flexible arch, but am a moderate/severe (in between..) overpronater. He brought out three pairs of shoes for me to try on. GAME. ON.
If you know me in real life, you know that I can’t make decisions for the life of me. Can’t help it. It’s probably not every going to change. This makes for a very anxious, indecisive girl trying to choose between three pairs of shoes at Runner’s Roost.
It seems as though the Kayano’s were right for me, which made me do a little happy dance in the store (my foot intuition was sure on point that winter 3 years ago.) I tried the shoes on and loved the way they felt, I’m just a sucker for these shoes– yet wanted to see if I could find something better. After all, I had never even tried another pair of shoes.
One specialist at the store informed me that these shoes would last the longest due to their gel cushioning. Apparently Brooks has gel cushioning as well, but it wasn’t proven to last as long. The Mizuno’s had wave cushioning, which I guess lasted the shortest out of all ( but was supposed to be the lightest!) Coming from the girl who thought she could run in her shoes until the soles got a hole in them, this was a big plus for the Asics
- Awesome color
- Felt supportive
- I’m used to them
- Last longer
- $150 (!!!!!!)
- Same. Old. Shoes. I felt like I wanted a change!
You guys, this shoe seriously hugged my feet perfectly. The shoe felt incredibly supportive, and I loved how I felt that it sprang me forward with each stride. I loved that the shoe had the ability to last, and that it was on the cheaper end of the spectrum. What I didn’t like, however, was that although the shoe fit like a glove and was very comfortable during the short run I did on the treadmill, I could see ridge on the upper-inside of the shoe bothering me during long runs. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?
I still really loved this shoe. I had a feeling this was going to be a tough decision.
- If I was Cinderella this wold be my glass slipper
- Felt very supportive
- Not a big fan of the colors
- Weird ridge on the inside (would this go away??)
I wanted to like this shoe so badly. It was so pretty. So light. Yet, when I tried it on I just didn’t love it. First, the shoe ran really tight. I usually wear 7’s in running shoes, but I had to go up a full size for this to even fit comfortable. Maybe if I ran in it more then it would loosen up and I would love it, but I just wasn’t feeling it at the store. Sad day.
I actually had my mind made up that I wanted this shoe as soon as the man brought it out from the back. But, the Mizuno, defeated, was left to retreat back into it’s box awaiting it’s next chance to become BFF’s with some other person’s smelly feet.
Boo. Maybe if I could find it on sale, I would test it out for shorter runs. I just couldn’t justify spending $100 on a shoes I didn’t LOVE.
- So. Dang. Pretty.
- Cheaper than the others
- Didn’t feel quite right
- Ran small— a little snug.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
In the end I ended up purchasing the Asics, although I am still SO in love with the Brooks and have a huge crush on the Mizuno’s. I just figured I should stick to what I know, especially because I didn’t want to spend copious amounts of cash and end up HATING the other shoes on my long runs. Plus, the fact that I would be able to get a lot of use out of them was extremely appealing.
I took them out on an 8-mile run yesterday, and I have to say that I am a sucker Kayanos.
That being said, if anyone sees any Brooks Adrenaline or Mizuno Wave Inspire’s on sale… let a sister know. I really would love to give these shoes a shot on longer runs. I’ve heard SO many great things about Brooks AND Mizuno, that I’ve just been dying to try.
Why can’t I just have them all?!?!
- Favorite pair of running shoes–go!!
- Are you a die-hard Brooks, Asics or Mizuno fan? I know all 3!
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