March 17, 2012

New shoes and why your shoe shop may not know everything

Old shoes, the Karhu Strong2 Fulcrum Ride

New shoes, the Karhu Fast2 Fulcrum Ride

Oddly enough, it looks like exactly the same shoes until you see this picture of the inside edges of the shoes.


That extra bump on the shoe on the right is what makes it a stability shoe, and it just dawned on me recently that I don't need stability shoes. Yes, this confession means that I'm particularly slow, seeing as I was on my second pair of these stability shoes. In my defense, my local shoe shop sold these to me, and I happily wore them for over 800 miles (between two pairs). I trusted that whatever they told me at the shoe shop was gospel. It wasn't until I started reading more about wear patterns on shoes and arches and over -and under-pronating that I realized that all signs point to my being an under-pronator and needing to wear neutral shoes. I'm not sure why I'm surprised that a ten-second assessment could have missed what months of actually paying attention to my running told me.

The main evidence:




  • My shoes always wear on the outside edge. 

Source

So I'm hoping that the hip/knee/all-over-my-leg pain that I have been feeling will subside by wearing the proper shoes. Seriously, I'm pretty mad at myself for not putting the pieces together sooner. This running business isn't as straight forward as I thought, especially if you don't want to feel like crap afterwards.

And when I took out my orthotics to switch them to the new shoes, I found this.


If running in stability shoes won't mess up an underpronator, perhaps a rock embedded in their shoe will. Princess and the Pea, anyone?

And while roaming the house at 11 p.m., guess who I found sneaking around the house? Since I was already taking blog pics, I decided to capture photo evidence of his indiscretions.


Looks like I'm not the only night owl in the family.

10 comments:

  1. Ugh. The whole shoe thing drives me crazy. I think that is why I experimented with barefoot running last summer. Seriously, though, my feet drive me crazy, because I have one foot that overpronates, while the other doesn't. Makes shoe buying tough.

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    1. Wow, what do you do when one is different from the other? Did you like running barefoot?

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  2. Omg. What total butt. Im mad for you.

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    1. Thanks, I need a lot of people on my Team Mad. (insert happy face here)

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  3. Yeah, pretty much same experience for me. I was evaluated as an overpronator back in 2002. To the point of wearing Brooks Addiction (motion control) with support insoles. It did help my shin splints at the time and I didn't necessarily have an injuries from it. Then in 2010, after my right foot started cramping up in stability shoes with insoles, I figured something must be up. Got evaluated at Road Runner Sports and this time, I was told I actually have high arches (I have very wide feet - they look low but structurally, they are not). I pronate a bit on the left side but the right is rigid. So I look for light stability and neutral shoes at this point. Ravennas seems to be a perfect mix for the left and right.

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    1. It's good to hear that it didn't mess you up permanently. The good thing is that our feet and bodies seem to adapt pretty well to various degrees of stress, although I'd rather stress my feet out less than more.

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  4. So after having all these issues with finding the best shoes for our personal feet type, I am curious to know, what are people's thoughts on Five-Finger shoes? Barefoot running is supposed to be super good for you, but I am always fearful of stepping on things and it hurting, so I would like some kind of a sole. Therefore I have been eyeing the Five-Fingers for my next pair of shoes. The only down-side I have heard about them is how much it works your calf muscles.

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    1. I would like to have a pair for doing my other workouts, like weight training and some other classes. They make me nervous for running because my arches are so high that just wearing standard-issue insoles in running shoes makes my feet sore. If you gradually introduced them into your running, you would probably be fine. Let me know if you try them out!

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  6. I like all these shoes I wanna buy these shoes any online shoes to shop these shoes?
    The Online shopping in Canada Shoes

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