I've got shoe issues. Not a fetish or anything. I just have this extreme fear and dread about getting new running shoes. I somehow believe that if I get the best shoe possible for me, then I will be the best runner possible (for me). If I get the worst shoe possible, I will be the worst runner and someone who limps around with blisters, bunions, black toenails, plantar fasciitis and fungus.
In prep for my marathon training, I tried on too many shoes to count. I ended up with the New Balance 1224 (stability) because the dude at the Boulder Running Co told me that I pronate and that I need stability (if he only knew how much stability I really needed in all areas of my life - geez if a shoe could only fix that problem). Anyway, he also said it was a good shoe for distance running. And did I mention it just happened to be one of the most expensive shoes in the store? ($139 - ouch).
So off I go in the NBs. They worked pretty well. Hell, they got me through my training, my marathon, my half marathon and many miles between. At certain points I got killer blisters, a sore heel and a black toenail. A sign of bad shoes, or a sign of the fact that if you are going to put that much time on your feet, bad stuff is going to happen to your feet.
So here I am today. In desperate need of new shoes. I've tried on a few including the infamous Gel Kayanos, but ended up just ordering a new pair of the NBs. I ran in them yesterday. Only five miles, but I wasn't feeling it. It was like running on cardboard. I could feel the start of a blister. My knee hurt by the end. Is this in my head?
Seriously, you seasoned runners - tell me what to do. I've done the whole gait analysis several times. I am a moderate pronator. My left foot is slightly larger than my right, so I have trouble with the right foot slipping. My feet are average width. I have recently tried the Asics Gel Nimbus. Not a stability shoe, but the cushioning felt wonderful.
How do you choose your shoes? Comfort alone? How do you know by just taking a jaunt around the block or the running store that this is a good shoe for you to run super long distances in? How important IS the shoe anyway? Hell, people run barefoot. Maybe I will just start doing that. I would look like an earthy girl without a care in the world (except the shards of glass in my heel, the dirty syringe sticking out of my big toe and the used condom stuck to the sole of my foot).