These days, when it comes to running shoes, I’m clueless. Normally, when I am struggling to find direction, I pray. Unfortunately, I can’t quite bring myself to pray about running shoes when there are nuclear wars threatening and natural disasters ruining people’s lives if not taking them. How does it go in Ecclesiastes, the NIV translation? Meaningless! Meaningless!
My cluelessness comes partly from history. Two-thousand years ago, when I was on my high school’s track and cross-country teams, running shoes didn’t come in many varieties. I bought my shoes not because of performance, performance back then was mostly based on the shoe’s weight, but because they were cool and, of course, affordability. Remember when $10 was a lot of money?
But, when I started running again at age 59, I kept getting injured. Granted, the injuries were probably due more to my overzealousness and technique than my shoes, but my stubbornness at wanting to run again prompted me to start researching the topic of shoe fit. Perhaps I was trying to find the magic bullet, as we American’s always try to do, a habit that makes us easy prey to marketers who make fortunes on offering the quick and easy solutions to our ills. Meaningless! Meaningless! How we never want to pay the real price for success; hard work and discipline.
In any case, I decided to do some research. While I didn’t find the mythical, magic bullet, I did find some useful information: One, I’m an under-pronator, meaning that the force of running is borne by the outside of my foot and, two, I’m also a little heavier than I should be so I should use cushioned shoes to ease the stress on my bones. Me personally, I use the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15s and they are pretty awesome and cool. Here is a review to that particular shoe. Here are some other sites that I found that have tips on choosing shoes or reviews. I hope they help bring some meaning to your shoe search:
- This article explains pronation. It’s probably a good idea to make sure the shoes you buy support your type. Click here to read it.
- Here is a really good site with a discussion of consideration in shoe choice. Click here to read it.
- This site has 18 reviews on specific running shoe brands and a decent list of tips. Click here to read it.
- If you want to see comparisons of the ‘Best Men’s Running Shoes of 2017’ this site will give them to you. Click here to read it.
- Ditto for women’s running shoes. Click here to read it.