In 2010 when my husband had signed me up to run a half marathon even though I kept saying that I cannot run, I went to the London Marathon shop in Covent Garden and walked out with a ginormous pair of Adidas adiSTAR Ride 2-s (I didn’t know yet that running shoes have to be at least a size bigger than your regular shoes).
These chunky runners are not very sexy-looking but my übersensitive feet absolutely loved them from the first step. Any kind of footwear I buy has to be “worn in” usually but these shoes amazingly gave me no blisters and they felt so right for my feet with just the right amount of support in just the right places.
The trouble with my feet is that not only are they very prone to blisters, but I also have very high arches and I tend to underpronate a little bit (roll the ankles out). The trouble with that is that apparently only 3% of people do this and because that is such a small percentage, there are not many running shoes out there that are made for this condition.
From this list here, I have tried the Brooks Glycerin 9s and the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 7s. The Brooks didn’t work at all but the Nikes are actually very good with the only problem that if I run for more than 20k, they start feeling like they are lacking in support just a little bit.
So for now I’m back in my old Adidas for my long runs and I use the Nikes for the shorter ones. I have 2 pairs of the Adidas left – last year I bought several pairs online as they were on sale and the stocks were running low everywhere. Now I would not find a pair if I wanted to so when these pairs have been pounded to their end, I have no idea what I’m going to do. Buying new shoes, no matter how much advice you get from running shops, is very risky business for me and I really don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on shoes that do not work for me.
Does anyone know of any other underpronators out there who have found the perfect type of running shoe?? I would LOVE to find out what brands / types of shoes work for them. I have my eye on Mizuno and Newton but need to gather some more ‘intelligence’ before I open up my wallet.