You know you have reached the status of a true runner when you try on over 7 pairs of running shoes at the same time, and take over an hour and a half to pick out just ONE PAIR of shoes! I had the great fortune, and daunting task, of purchasing a new pair of running shoes today!!! My old shoes have taken quite a beating, and have well over the recommended 400 miles put on them. Plus, with two weeks until the Seashore Half Marathon, I figured it was the perfect time to purchase and break in a new pair of shoes. However, anyone that has ever bought running shoes knows that this is no easy task.
There are several things that factor into choosing a pair of running shoes that you are going to be satisfied with. About a year and a half ago, I took my first trip to Road Runner's Sports shoe store and had a complete (FREE) foot analysis done on my feet and stride to determine what type of shoe I need. (http://www.roadrunersports.com/). I have an outward, or over, pronation (meaning is too much roll across from the outside to the inside of your foot), a medium to large frame and run a high amount of miles(25+), so they recommend Stability+ for my better type of shoe. Most trail running shoes fit this description. I have had A LOT of running shoes over the past few years, and the ones that have worked best for me have been Nike's or Ryka's (Kelly Ripa's brand).
Some of the things that I look for in a running shoes are comfort, that they are breathable, and lastly STYLE! I hate to say it, but if I don't feel confident in my running shoes, I am probably not going to want to run in them as often :/. Also, I know most runners do not recommend it, but when you go through shoes as often as I do... COST IS AN ISSUE! Anyone who knows me, knows I like a good sale, clearance or bargain. So I set out today looking for a sturdy, comfortable and CUTE pair of Nike or Ryka Trail Runners that wasn't going to cost me an arm and a leg. This shouldn't be a hard task, right?!?!