If you’ve been reading my blog a while, you might know that I have a little bit of an obsession with running shoes. There are 5 pairs in my current rotation…
…and then there are 4 that have been retired. I haven’t even been running for a year and a half yet. I feel like this is fairly sizable amount of shoes for a short-ish period of time.
As you can see I am not married to any one brand right now. When I bought my first pair of Adrenaline last year I thought it would going to be Brooks + Salt 4EVA. But then I got tendonitis that was most likely shoe induced. Granted it was not their fault; the running store told me that I needed a stability shoe when apparently I don’t, but still it sort of threw a wrench in our relationship.
Now that I’m a neutral runner I feel like a world of different choices has opened up for me and I’ve clearly been having fun trying out new shoes. I love all the pairs pictured up there for different reasons. My Mizuno WR17 (second from left) were the only pair that were recommended by the running store and I’ve since done a ton of my own research; reading endless reviews online and then hunting around for the best prices on shoes that I want to test out. You would think having that many pairs might have cost me an arm and a leg, but it didn’t…my New Balance 1400s – which are the ones dead center – were free (thanks, Fit Foodie!) and the total I paid for the 890, Kinvara, the Connect 2 was only a little more than the one pair of Mizuno. I actually hated those shoes right after I bought them, but I’m loving them right now because they have the most cushioning and are the ones that I’m able to run in while my nerve issues are getting under control. (I tried out my new New Balances yesterday and I can tell I’m going to love them, but the mesh upper was irritating my toes so I’m going to wait on wearing them until I’m better.)
You might be wondering where I’m going with all this rambling. Or maybe not, but I’m going to tell you anyway.
Yesterday I was thinking about shoes – again – and how much I enjoy reading reviews, but sometimes you have to dig through a lot of garbage to find a good one. Like for example…I care what Ursula or Mike or Judith think about a pair of shoes, but not so much about some random person’s experience wearing a pair of Kinvara while they garden or the massive amounts of BS about the WaveRider that I had to sift through on Amazon after Wendy Davis stood for hours in them down in Texas.
Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to have a whole bunch of reviews in one place that people could access? Well-written reviews by real runners, who also just happen to be bloggers? There are currently lots of opinions on blogs all over the internet, but they aren’t organized into one central place where other runners could go and quickly look up a particular shoe. At least I don’t think they are. I obviously look up shoes all the time and I’ve definitely never found anything like that.
So this is my idea: I want to put together a directory of shoe reviews, organized by brand and style, and maybe even some information on best places to buy. People could send me links to posts they have written detailing a particular shoe that they love (or hate…I definitely have some thoughts on shoes I hate) and I could compile them into one page. Sort of like I just did with the Fall Training Directory and thank you so much to everyone who has passed that information along to others! It keeps growing every day!
Shoe buying is such an important part of running that a lot of people don’t take into account when they first start out. The correct pair can be the difference between success and sidelining injury. Of course I would hope that before anyone got serious they would visit a running store and get analyzed to figure out the best shoe for their foot, but I feel that a collection of detailed first-hand experiences that doesn’t involve visiting 100 different websites could be really helpful.
What do you guys think? Have you reviewed a particular shoe on your blog that you would like to have linked up on a page like this? Do you wear a shoe now that you have really been wanting to share your thoughts on? Multiple shoes/reviews? I’d love to see them! Let me know below! I’ve added a link tool (which will hopefully work…Mr. Linky sounds a little shady) where everyone can link their posts.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!