I got new shoes…again.

I know everyone says they’re busy and no one likes hearing about how busy other people are, but I’ll say it anyway: I’ve been really busy.

Besides some random stressful things that I’ll talk about one day, school has been kicking my ass the last two weeks of the semester. The instructor doubled-up some writing assignments and back-loaded most of the quizzes while we’re also supposed to be working on a 20-page annotated bibliography (because that will help us in life). I can’t wait to write the end-of-semester evaluation for the class because I’ve got a whole page of “recommendations” already written out for that mofo.

Anyway, enough about that. More importantly, a new shoe purchase was made.

Those are the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10’s and so far I mostly like them. They have a raised area in the heel that feels a little weird but my speed runs in them have been pretty good, so maybe I’m just not used to it? Either way, I think they’re cute and looking cute is important to my vanity. I’m not sure if they’re good for distance yet, but I’ll find out next month when half marathon training starts.

I also tried out the Hoka One One courtesy of my running wife.

I highly recommend running wives. They buy new shoes and let you try them for free.

The Hokas were nice and cushy but rubbed my pinky toe a little. Not enough to hurt but maybe it would if I ran a longer distance in them? My legs are definitely not used to the 5 mm drop because my calves were already getting sore at the end of a mile. I can say, if I decide to go to a lower drop shoe, it would be these. I like lightweight shoes without feeling like I’m running on bare pavement.

Even though I bought new shoes, I’m still considering buying another pair. I’m deciding between the Brooks Ghost 7 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s. I used to like the Ghost 5’s but the new models are heavier which I don’t like. The Wave Rider 17s caused my hip problem so I’m apprehensive about the 18’s. So to sum this up, I have shoe anxiety and I’m never happy. The end.



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8 responses to “I got new shoes…again.

  1. rache

    I had the same problem with the wave riders. I’m now wearing Brooks glycerin. I’m in love with my Salomon fellraisers for my trail runs though – I just wish i could find a road shoe equivalent!

    • Paula

      I’m mostly running in Brooks Glycerin right now too! They are comfortable but so freakin’ heavy. I like them for short runs but I feel like I’m wearing lead boots at the end of a 10-miler.

  2. Wendy

    The Mizuno 18s are much better than the 17s. The 17s were terrible! I don’t completely love the 18s. They feel kinda clompy, but I have done a half marathon in them with no issues, and continue to run in them. I have 2 pair of shoes and rotate them every other run. The Mizunos hold up so well. I has also tried Asics but they broke down so quickly (and were so much more expensive) as compared to the Mizunos, which is why I keep running in the Mizunos….they feel the same as when I first laced them on at the end of last year. That’s my $.02.

    • Paula

      I’ve heard the 18s are an improvement so I’m glad you’re backing that up. They are definitely still in the running. I loved the 17s for a year but I guess they didn’t wear well. The Pair that caused my hip problem only had 200 miles on them.

  3. Haha you and your running shoe issues. I think you need a magical shoe fairy to find or make you the perfect pair

  4. Melissa

    No hip hurting shoes allowed! I liked the Hoka’s when I tried them on, but the huge, cushy heel was a little weird. Like running on a platform? At least you have those super cute Nikes. Who cares about function when you have such cute form.

    • Paula

      Oh yeah, I liked that part about the Hokas. You wear pretty minimalist shoes though so I can imagine that being weird for you.

      That’s right! Only cute matters!

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