Yet another post about shoes.

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…

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…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!

xo,

Salt

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48 thoughts on “Yet another post about shoes.

  1. Lori Connors says:

    No blog….but I can tell you I really love the Wave Rider (not the price but the shoe:-)). I was in a major shoe slump for awhile. I wore Wave Precisions, which the did away with/merged into another style. Didn’t like the new shoe at all. Went back to Brooks for awhile, and still like the Ghost. But at heart, I am a Mizuno girl. My latest Wave Riders are actually men’s. Found them on clearance for $45!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I was down to the Ghost and WR17 when I got the Mizunos. I loved them at first, then hated them, and now I love them again. Mostly because they are actually allowing me to run. Dang that is a great deal!

  2. Tina Muir says:

    Great idea! I would be interested in this….but I will only be able to cover Sauconys as they are my sponsor….but I would happily do that as I love them 🙂

  3. chasingchels says:

    Great idea hun! I was a huge brooks girl for the past two years until I tried on the new ghosts and quickly fell out of love. Now I’m expanding my shoe repertoire (which probably should have happened ages ago), so something like this would be very helpful to me! I think I know where I’m going and what I like/don’t like, but it’s always good to see what other people think and say 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      I picked out the WR17s over the Ghost. There was just something off about them to me. I think a lot of the Brooks redesigns are falling a little flat for some people. (I know I’ve read a lot of terrible reviews for the new Connect and I’m thinking of hoarding as many of the 2’s as I can!) And I totally agree! Thank you so much!

  4. samantha couch says:

    i love, love, love this idea. mainly because every shoe recommended to me by a running store has not been great. i currently run in the nike free 4.0 v2 which is becoming harder and harder to find. everytime i have tried something else, i get an injury! i can’t wait to read all about the shoes.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Do you have the 16s or the 17s? Everyone was raving about the 16s which made me want to try them, but that was before I had learned the fine art of shopping online for my shoes so I ended up with 17s from the store. I’m kind of loving them right now though even though they had to grow on me.

  5. Fitzala says:

    Do it! I’d love that! I hate sifting through reviews since each one is tailored to their own experience. It’d be great if you had each runner write something about their foot too. Not sure how you’d do that though…I’ve had shoes that rub on my arch and it would be awesome if I found other runners with the same problem. And then the shoes that work for them.

  6. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine says:

    I’ve never reviewed shoes on my blog, mostly because I kind of stick to the same ones from the Pureline so I don’t have much to compare to. All I would be able to say was that they are much softer and lighter than the other shoes I used to wear with orthodics. BUT I think this is a great idea and I would definitely check out others’ posts! I remember when I wanted to try the pureflows I was searching around for blog reviews but couldn’t find a whole lot.

    • runsaltrun says:

      I couldn’t find a lot on the Flows either and I got them for such a great price that I figured hey why not. And then they didn’t end up working out, but that’s okay. 🙂 They sure are pretty though.

  7. txa1265 says:

    I think it is a great idea … I haven’t done many shoe reviews because I know I’m an outlier in terms of the mileage I get out of shoes and how resilient my joints are … but maybe I should do a look at the Kinvara 5s now that I have a couple hundred miles on them. 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      The ones you have done are great though! I would love if you would do one for the Kinvara 5. I have the 4s and eventually will be getting the 5s when these wear out. (I love them…they are my marathon shoe!)

  8. Rebecca Jo says:

    I just got my first pair of Brooks after being a Saucony girl for so long – I could do a review on the ones I got. I love this idea so I can look & see what everyone says myself 🙂

  9. Lily says:

    I’ve tried so many different kinds of running shoes and had a lot of bad luck, but I think I finally (knock on wood) found a brand I like. I was told by a few running store employees that I needed stability shoes, and finally one said I needed neutral, and I also feel like a whole new world was opened for me! Neutral shoes feel SO much better. I got my first pair of Mizunos almost six months ago (Wave Creation 15), and I am really happy with them. I just ordered the Wave Prophecy on The Clymb for $75 (they are originally $210!) and I’m really excited to try them when I get home. I like the idea of having a few different pairs at a time though, I want to try that next. No shoe reviews yet, but hopefully I’ll do one for the Prophecy. Great idea!

  10. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch says:

    What an amazing idea! I totally agree with you…I don’t want to hear from people who don’t actually know what they’re talking about or who don’t use the shoes in the same ways I do, and I feel like the people who read your posts/who are in this blogging community actually have valuable feedback. Again, GREAT IDEA haha. I’ve tried a few different kinds and always landed back with Asics (although I ran my first half marathon in Nikes which I’ve been told was a terrible idea but I didn’t know better back then 🙂 ).

  11. Michele @ PaleoRunningMomma says:

    Asics kayanos and mizuno inspires both work for me, currently I’m in the asics. Although when I ran my BQ I was in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline, but somehow I just don’t love them! In between then and now I also ran very minimal and barefoot which resulted in tendonitis…I nursed myself back to health in the mizunos and asics so I’m loyal to both of them now 🙂 I think that’s a good idea to have organized blogger shoe reviews!

  12. scalesdownlacesup says:

    I love this idea! I wouldn’t be much help though I have no shoe reviews and for the year and half I’ve been running I’ve only used one pair of shoes, found a pair of Asics I love and I’ve been faithful/scared to branch out. Maybe I’ll write up a review, never thought to do that. Regardless, I know I’m going to have to get a different pair eventually and it would be great to see what other runners think of their shoes!

  13. Catherine says:

    I love this idea! When I got my first pair of running shoes in middle school they were Asics. This year I switched to Brooks Pureflow 2 (I wanted a change and they are on sale). At times they hurt my feet and I don’t love them. I am on the hunt for new shoes and don’t know where to start (besides the local running store).

  14. AmandaM says:

    I don’t have a blog but it makes me feel SO much better when I see pictures of peoples’ running shoe lineups because as I look at my collection it makes me feel like I have slightly less of a problem 🙂 This running shoe collector loves company!

  15. Judith / soveryslightlymad says:

    I love this idea!

    Also, don’t you hate how lots of running stores steer people to stability shoes when they don’t need them? I had this happen to me, and all stability shoes give me pain almost from the get-go. I have to wonder how many new runners end up quitting or hurt because of this.

  16. irishrunnerchick says:

    I love this idea! I’m a little obsessed with what shoes other people are wearing – and always look at people’s feet when I see them out running. Right now I’m a bit of a one-shoe pony though . I have 4 (!) pairs of Brooks Pure Cadence2 – only two are in my current rotation and the other pairs are patiently waiting for their moment to come. I also use the PureGrit2’s for trail running and just got a second pair for $57.

  17. Sharon says:

    I’m not a blogger but love this idea! I’d also love a list that shows me what other shoes runner who like one shoe also like “runners who love PureConnect 2s also love….” Not sure how you’d do that but it’d be awesome 😉😘

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