On Monday, I took myself off to the local running shop to get new running shoes. I view the purchase of new running shoes similarly to going to the hairdressers. In principle,it’s so exciting. But in reality, it’s fraught with the danger of making big, expensive mistakes. So I was a little wary!
I headed to RoadRunner Sports for a couple of reasons.They have a 90 day returns policy and I really appreciate the safety net of being able to return them guilt-free if the shoes don’t work out. In addition, I wanted to try their shoe fitting service. After seeing the photo below, I was intrigued to see what my footfall actually looks like.
In case you wondered, this is NOT a sponsored post. I have no relationship with RRS except as a paying customer.
Since forever, I’ve worn Neutral Plus shoes…neutral because I have high arches, plus because for some reason, this 5’1 girl requires a lot of cushioning. My current main shoes, the Nike Vomero, have come out with an update that is simply too ugly to wear so I was up for something brand new!
The shoe fitting service was eye-opening. The girl had me running on a treadmill and filmed me, and then slowed the footage down dramatically. Apparently I don’t have high arches, I only have medium arches. (I felt a little offended at this). She then spotted the noticeable weakness in my right ankle from the footage and recommended I wear stability shoes. I was impressed that she noticed the ankle weakness as I hadn’t mentioned it. So instead of being Neutral Plus, I am apparently a Stability girl.
I’m intrigued by this. Have I been wearing the wrong shoes for years, or is this a direct result of my recent ankle woes? Will this change when my ankle gets stronger? If I’d been wearing more supportive shoes in the first place, would I have twisted my ankle so badly in the first place?
I went with Saucony as they just felt better. It’s remarkable how different it feels, running in Stability shoes compared with Neutral Plus. Notably different. My ankles felt very secure and supported, and the toe box is quite snug too, which definitely suits me.
I have that kind of nervous feeling about branching out and wearing such different shoes. I’m definitely a creature of habit; change makes me uncomfortable although I am improving in this respect. So I’ll try these new shoes out, building up my mileage in them carefully and we’ll see what happens. I took them for a gentle 3 miler today and they felt fine, but it’s early days!!
They’re definitely cute, and that’s important, obviously!