I'm a girl. Buying shoes is kind of our thing, right?
So check out the two new pairs of shoes I bought and learn more!
"I need new shoes... I think I'll go out and buy a new pair of running shoes."
Gets to store.
"Oooh! These ones are pretty and cheap! I'll take them!"
And so was my entire process of shoe buying. Even running shoes. Not much thought went into it. No consideration into tread, purpose, cushion, drop (I didn't even know what drop was until a few months ago!)... Nothing except I thought they were pretty and I could afford them.
So this time around, I did a little research! Armed with my new-found knowledge on the varieties of running shoes; barefoot vs. minimalist; the pros and cons of 4mm drop versus 8mm drop; what the hell a toebox was... I was all set to purchase my next pair of running shoes.
My friend Coley is a Physical Therapy Assistant and she's always offering me tips on stretching and techniques for dealing with and preventing injury. She recently started taking additional classes on working with triatheletes, including evaluting running form. She has been talking about how she's transitioning to a zero drop shoe and had recently bought a pair of Merrell Road Gloves with an
8 mm cushion. She loves them. Swears by them in fact. And I had liked how they were when I tried them on.
These ones are only a 4mm drop, but unlike Coley who does all her running on hard roads and treadmills, I do a vast majority of mine on dirt roads and trails, so the lack of the extra cushioning wasn't a big deal to me.
I took these ones out for a nice one mile run on Sunday and was pleasantly suprised by how well they felt on my feet. I know it's going to take time to transition safely to a zero drop shoe from my current 8mm drop New Balances, but I plan on phasing these ones in slowly and giving my feet time to adjust. I had already made changes to my form and stride, which makes the transition a little smoother, and I'm excited about getting to hit the road in these sweet new kicks.
Check out what Merrell has to say about them here!
These ones are more similar to the ones I'm currently running in and will be a great transitional shoe as my feet get used to running "barefoot."
Plus, these ones have a pretty nice tread to them, which should make them great for my trail running that I like to do. I haven't gotten out in these ones yet, but plan on taking them out for a test drive tonight! I'll let you know how they work out!
Merrell can tell you more about their spec's here.
Feel free to comment with the type of running shoe you use and your favorites!
Until next time! #RunLove!