New Shoes (for running)

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 10 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

I decided the other day that if I was really serious about this running business, I better get some dedicated running shoes. Previously, I had been using my trusty New Balance 993, a great cross training, high-mileage shoe that I actually have been and continue to use as my everyday shoe for the last several years.

It works great as my day-to-day shoe, but I find it lacking during my running1

After crowd sourcing some ideas, I decided to check out Road Runner Sports.

Road Runner has some cool technology toys that show how pressure is distributed along your feet and how you walk. If you’ve never been in to Road Runner before, the first thing they’ll have you do is measure your feet (my right foot is a 1/2 size larger than my left); then they’ll have you stand on the pressure pad to see your weight distribution and pressure points; finally, they’ll have you run on the treadmill. This allows them to figure out what shoe will fit you best.

I have flat, over-pronated feet, with a slight preference to my right side.

I tried on a couple different types of shoes, but eventually settled on the New Balance 1225 with RRS Road Runner Sport Control insoles and I love them!

They salesperson also showed me a new way to tie my shoes so my heel wouldn’t move up and down as much when I stepped:

Lace as normal until one eyelet remains on each side. Draw the lace straight up on the outside of the shoe and bring it through the last eyelet. This will create a loop. Repeat on the other side. Cross each lace over the tongue, thread it through the opposite loop, and tie. The loops help to cinch in the material around your ankle to prevent your heel from slipping without making the rest of your shoe any tighter.

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My feet don’t hurt as much and my knees and hips are doing much better.

  1. this is probably due to the fact that it’s my everyday shoe and generally wear the crap out of them, not some fatal design flaw in the shoe. I wore this shoe for 62 straight days while literally walking all around Europe last year and it was fantastic. 

7 thoughts on “New Shoes (for running)”

  1. I think it’s very interesting to see the way in which we both took an approach to finding new running shoes. You, the engineer, went to a fancy shoe store figured out your feet problems and what you needed and went from there. I, a girl, went online and tried to find the cutest running shoe out there, regardless of it’s functionality.
    haha! so great. 🙂

  2. For what it’s worth, they told me I had pronation too, but when I went to the podiatrist I mentioned it and she said I don’t really. But as they say, if the shoe fits!

  3. happy to hear that your feet will be comfortably while you are doing something you like to do. Keep your feet happy! remember, when your feet hurt you hurt all over.

  4. I hope you’re not wearing your running shoes for anything other than running…

    When you walk your foot falls differently than when you run, so it wears the sole of your shoe in the wrong pattern which is bad for your joints later. But they probably told you that at the store 🙂

    Happy training!!! Say hi to the bike for me.

    1. Nope…these shoes are just for running in.

      The Feisty Menace says hello and wants to thank you for letting me take him out. He’s excited to be getting some exercise and can’t wait for race day!

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