Choosing new footwear is never easy. For many years, I made my decision based on two factors -- do they come in a cute color, and do they come in my size? (It isn't polite to ask a lady her shoe size, but let's just say that if I ever find myself without a home, I could probably live quite comfortably in one of my shoe boxes). While I'm sure my feet looked great, this method is not really the best for providing the best foot support.
A few years ago I went to JackRabbit Sports (a great running store in NYC) for a proper shoe fitting. The staff at Jack Rabbit is fantastic. They know their stuff and they really want to put you in the right shoe. They videotape you (well, your feet!) on a treadmill to analyze your gait and find the shoes you need to stay comfy and injury-free.
|Hey, that's a snazzy color combo...|
On that visit they put me in the Adidas Supernova, which was perfect. I probably wouldn't have tried it on my own, but it was a great fit. I replaced my original pair a few times, but at this point there are several new Supernova generations and I'm having a hard time finding the model I originally wore. Newer generations did not fit the same way, so I decided to move on.
Unfortunately, I haven't had time to get to JackRabbit this month, and the next few weeks aren't looking too good either. It is a lame excuse, but it just isn't going to happen. This is a big city, and there just isn't a location in my travels. JackRabbit has expanded (there's one near my old apartment on the UWS!)...maybe a Brooklyn Heights location is next?
So without a proper fitting, I relied on Zappos and their free shipping and generous return policy. I put a couple of pair in my cart that I thought would work (I know I'm a slight overpronater, and I stuck with brands that I have worn and liked before), and I crossed my fingers.
And, success! I ended up with these Asics:
|Asics Gel-1150 ($75)|
Welcome to my feet, new sneaks! I look forward to spending the next 500 miles or so with you.
So, how do you find your preferred footwear? Do you have a particular shoe you stick with, or do you favor a certain brand? And do you wear one pair until they're completely worn out, or do you rotate a few pair at the same time?