My last pair of sneakers were these trendy Nikes, which, truth? Yes, they looked cool, but man, they jacked up my knees.
I had never shopped for sneakers at a specialty running store before, but I was thinking that that was exactly what I needed to do this time. Have someone evaluate me and the way I run and then tell me which sneakers would work best for me.
Have you guys ever done this before?
I highly recommend it.
After watching me run on the treadmill, the saleslady recommended I try either Brooks, Asics or Saucony, which are the best (and thus, the most popular) running shoes. (Although my BFF Andrea is a personal trainer and swears by Mizunos for running.)
What was funny was that they were selling the exact Nikes I was wearing in the store. I asked the saleslady if they were good running shoes and was met with an emphatic no.
When I questioned, why then, do you see sooooo many runners at races wearing Nike sneakers, her response was simple, "Great marketing on their part."
So I quite liked the Brooks, but am definitely partial to Sauconys, having worn them in the past. I like the high arch in them and how cushy they are.
And then, I was told something I had NEVER been told before.
Did you know that you are supposed to wear at least a 1/2 size to one full size UP for running shoes???
So instead of my normal 7-1/2 to 8 that I have worn ALL MY LIFE, I discovered I needed a size 8-1/2 for running!
But then, I became THAT customer. The one who took in all the information and then left, not buying anything.
I am frugal like that.
Instead, I took my newly acquired knowledge and went to DSW and found what I wanted, at a MUCH cheaper price.
So two lessons here kiddos:
1. Wear at least 1/2 to 1 size BIGGER for your running shoes; and
2. Shop around! There's no need to spend upwards of $100 on a pair of sneaks at a specialty store when you can find the EXACT SAME ONES for much less at a discount store. And yes, I realize they may only sell last year's models at places like DSW, but to me, that doesn't really matter.
Happy running! (What brand of sneakers do YOU wear? Inquiring minds wanna know!)