Many of you know I’ve been getting more interested in running. And going to the gym. And just plain getting in shape. I’ve still got a long way to go!
I came to the realization that I needed new running shoes after a few things happened. I looked at the soles of my sneakers and saw that they were pretty worn away. Then I read a few articles that said that even if you don’t run much, you should replace your shoes every 6-12 months. And seeing as I bought the last pair in 2009, I was WAY overdue for new sneakers!
The employees were really knowledgeable about what kind of shoe I’d need. I’m not a superstar runner. I want to be able to walk and run in comfort. So they helped me out.
When I went there, a woman named Suzanne helped me out. She watched me walk without shoes on, and determined that I have a neutral gait (rather than having over- or under-pronation). She found a few pairs that would work for my feet and my fitness plan (i.e. lots of walking and running). She watched me as I ran in the first pair I tried on, to confirm I was in fact in the right kind of shoe. I tried them all on, and she let me run down the street and back to try out each pair. I had trouble deciding, which is a common problem for me. So, even though she said “pick the shoes that feel the least like anything”, I did the opposite, and picked the ones that I actually could “feel” the most. I figured I’m paying good money, I might as well have shoes that were “doing” something.
Happy with my purchase, I wore my new shoes around the house to test them out. It was at that point that I realized that I should have listened to Suzanne. The new shoes were squeezing my feet! I wasn’t sure if that’s “normal” for a new pair of sneakers, so I tweeted @marathon_sports with questions. They said I should come back in and try a few other pairs…squeezing isn’t normal!
So, I took their advice and came back in. Showed the pair I had bought to one of the employees there. Nick, I think. He saw just how tight those shoes would be. Whoops! So he brought out a few pairs he knew would fit better (probably some of the same ones I tried on before) and I took a quick run in all of them. Settled on the Saucony Progrid Ride 4.
Say hello to my new shoes!
So far I’ve worn them for a few trips to the gym. And they’re working great!
I’m glad I went to Marathon Sports. They’re really good about wanting to find you the shoe with the right fit. So even though I made the mistake of going with the wrong shoe the first time, they made sure I got the best shoe for my feet and running style. Their return policy is geared towards people like me who need to try out their shoes to make sure they’re the right pair!
Since this is a personal finance blog, let’s talk numbers. Total cost of my new shoes? Just shy of $100. That’s not cheap (in my book). And I did find out later that they’re going for $70 on Amazon. Then again, I wouldn’t be able to try on shoes or get expert analysis and advice from Amazon, and they’d probably be less lenient on returns (if I’ve tried them for a few days). And I’m guessing if I want these shoes again, next time I can buy them online.
And I guess I bought them just in time (i.e. a few weeks ago) to break them in. With the Walk For Hunger next week, and the Tory Row 5k a month after that, I’m very happy I’ve got the right shoes for my feet!
Where do you shop for your running gear? Have you tried Marathon Sports (my fellow Bostonians)? Are you running in shoes that are WAY TOO OLD like I was? Do you think I paid too much for a pair of shoes? Do you spend a lot on athletic gear?