Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Shoes

There will be cake this week (or cookies), once my camera/computer/internet settle their differences.

In the meantime, guess what? I bought new shoes! I’ve been long overdue – runners should get new shoes every 300-400 miles, or about every 4 months. Through the pounding of many many miles, shoes break down and lose shock absorption, cushioning and stability. The mid-sole tends to break down first, and can cause over-use injuries (i.e. shin splints, joint pain, etc.). So unless you’re going all-out and doing the barefoot thing, new shoes are a must.

And they feel so good! If I could run in new shoes every week I would be a very happy person. Like new socks or clean sheets they just feel like happiness. (Don’t be alarmed, I change my socks and sheets much more often then my shoes!)

I’ve been wearing the same shoes almost exclusively since junior high – Asics neutral, the newest incarnation of which is the 2150. But due to all the shenanigans of this year, I thought that maybe it was time for a change.

To some people (i.e. my dad), running shoes are a religion. He orders boxes of shoes, testing them out, taking them for a run, seeing what he likes. Something hurts? New shoes. Feeling sore? New shoes. Tired? New shoes.

And then there’s the insoles. I’ve always had orthodics, because I have example-on-the-training-room-wall weird feet. My dad loves insoles just as much as he loves shoes. Some people’s fathers tinker with tools in the garage – mine creates Frankenstein-like insoles on the back porch. 

He cuts them up, super-glues them back together, and makes his own orthodics. Heel lifts, extra arch support, whatever you need can probably be solved with the proper adhesive and an assortment of extra insoles (leftover from all the shoes, obviously!). You’d think that an alternative insole was the answer to the world’s problems…who knows? Maybe it is. We all need a little extra support now and then.

Anyway, this Sunday I ran to a running store to get myself some new shoes. Instead of my go-to Asics, I changed things up with a pair of Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10. They felt good on the treadmill in the store, so here we go!

It’s important to walk around in new shoes before running in them to accustom your feet to a new feel. So I’ve been rocking the running-shoes-at-work look (oh so trendy!), and I’m looking forward to taking them for a real run tonight.

How often do you get new shoes? Which ones do you like?


  1. Mollie, take it easy in the new shoes the first few runs! The Alchemy have much more support than the 2150's, and if you're adding in orthotics it could possibly be too much support. Not having seen you run at all, this pretty much means nothing, but be careful and enjoy the new shoe feeling!

  2. I get new shoes every 3 months and i don't run that often (3X a week). I do have flat feet, i mean totally flat. and Orthodics annoy me to no end and they need to be replaced every other year. I live by your dad's philosophy, something hurts i get new shoes. I think i'll take another page from your dad and make my own insoles;)

  3. Nice, I'm glad to hear you are ready to rock it again! I hope this change works well for you, if I didn't have such bad luck with my orthodics, I'd try your dad's frankenfeet technique!

  4. I just bought the Asics 2150s. An upgrade for me from the 1150s. I figured, I'm more serious about running now than I was when I first started, so more serious shoes are needed. Hope your new ones work out great for you!

  5. Ahhhhh! I love new shoes...and not just because it makes my shoe closet smell better when I throw out an old pair.

    I've been using the Asics GT series for years as well; great shoes. (for me)

  6. I'm a big Mizuno fan. I've tried a lot of other brands bet these are my favourite.

  7. I tried to comment yesterday but my phone was misbehaving. I also just got new shoes! Mizuno Wave Inspire 6. I went through 4 pairs of the 5s (which have been discontinued--tear), so I figured I won't fix what ain't broke. First run last night felt bouncy and happy. The other ones were so dead. Every 300ish miles I switch 'em, and keep the old ones to donate at Pacers or RnJ or wherever will take them to a good home.

  8. Glad to hear some Mizuno love!

    I went to practice last night and my coach went ON AND ON AND ON about how bad Mizunos are! But I just spent $116 on them so it's too late to go back now! :(

    And so far so good...

  9. I get new shoes every 9 months, despite what people say. I find replacing them a tedious process... I love my shoes, and by the time I'm due to replace them (5 months?) the line I wear has been discontinued. :( So I just wait another 4 months, my shoes last and cause no injury, so why replace them until their dying moment? I had a friend who had the same shoes for 1 and a half years, and just kept patching them up and re-soling them. Mind you, she had a lot more foot problems after the 1-year mark... anyway, I think replacing them every 4 months is a bit too soon. Your shoes are your friends, why should you throw them away so soon?