Y’all. I’ve never thought this much about shoes. I very rarely do research on products I want to buy, but the running shoes I buy need to keep me and my joints safe and healthy for many, many miles. I’m taking that seriously. I’ve had the same shoes since the Washington, DC Avon Walk in 2008, and although I really haven’t used them very much since then, it’s definitely time for some new ones. First of all, the ones I’ve got have already gone a lot of miles, and second, they don’t really have enough cushion for running.
I tend to under-pronate a bit, which I’ve just learned means that my feet don’t really rotate from outside to in very well. They just stay on the outside edges. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that. I just need the right kind of shoes for it. The internet tells me that means I should get neutral shoes with lots of cushion. I also have pretty decent arches, so I need really good support there.
I tried on several pairs this evening, and none of them really blew me away, so I’m coming to you for advice. If it sounds like you and I have similar feet in any way, and if you have running shoes you love, please, please, please leave me a comment with some advice as to which ones will get me through training for and running a half-marathon.