Have you found the perfect pair of running shoes?
For quite some time, I wasn't sure they existed. Every time I bought running shoes, I made sure I could return them, just in case they didn't feel good while running. They were always okay. Just okay. There were a couple of pairs I even considered taking back on my first run, but after a couple more decided to keep them.
My first pair of shoes gave me black toenails. Like much of the population, I had spent most of my life buying shoes a bit small. You can get away with small shoes sometimes, but it becomes very obvious when you run in them. It didn't help that my feet are bigger then women's shoes sometimes are made. Fortunately, most running shoes do come in size 11 now, so once I identified the problem, the black toenails became rare.
My shoes were always okay. I figured that was as good as it got.
Until last Christmas, when I bought two new pairs of shoes. One was a fabulously bright pink pair of Saucony Guide 6's that I wasn't sure I could pull off. They felt great on my feet though, so I bought them.
And loved them.
These shoes were the perfect shoes. They fit like a dream. Good for short runs, or long runs. Fast or slow. Really, I just didn't notice them much. The other pair I had bought at the same time has a narrower toe box, and while I kept them in rotation, in comparison to my fabulous Sauconys, they just didn't measure up.
And the bright pink? I grew to love it. It was like saying "I'm a runner!" every time I wore them. And when I was coming back from my injury, the shoes reminded me of that fact every time I put them on.
Sadly, the time has come to retire them. I don't keep accurate mileage on my shoes anymore, but I can always tell when they are done. These ones are sadly done.
I ordered 3 more pairs of guide 6s online, but sadly they ran out of them. They are giving me Guide 7s for the super price I should have got the 6s for. I'm a bit nervous about that. They aren't quite the same shoe, after all. I can only hope they are the same level of perfection.
So, have you found the perfect shoe? Do you buy extras when you do?