February 01, 2008

So Shoe Me

I need a new pair of running shoes. The pair I currently have not only no longer give me any support, they are now actively conspiring to cripple me. Why? Well, as it suddenly occured to me again today, I originally bought them shortly after the eldest Llama-ette was born. Seeing that her tenth birthday is next month, you can begin to understand the problem. (I've never done a lot of running, and there are long stretches within that span when I didn't run at all. Even so, ten years is ten years.)

Why didn't I buy a new pair earlier? Well, I've thought about it every now and then but each time my Scots blood has protested that I dinna have nay cause ta be spendin' me haird-earned shillins on sech fripperies, d'ye ken? Hoots! Toots! Now, however, I think I've reached the point where my inner kirk elder will give me a pass.

So - anybody out there have any particular suggestions about makes and models? I have small feet, ridiculously high arches and shot-to-hell-by-rowing knees. When in training, I average about 15 miles per week, almost all of it on a treadmill. (I'd like to do more outside work, however.)

Any tips would be appreciated.

Posted by Robert at February 1, 2008 05:54 PM | TrackBack

Roggo, I would recommend Avia as I also have high arches. It would also be worth your time to go to a store and have an expert look at your stride...I have a slight prolate (my foot turns in) which makes it necessary to have a shoe with some ankle support. Also, 15 miles a week may be ok with cross trainers which I prefer as they have more cushion. Any more than that and you want to go strict running shoe. Replace every 6 months or so at that rate Dude!!!!
Hope this helps : ) God I am pitiful to be posting on a Friday night!!!

Posted by: m at February 1, 2008 06:18 PM

I've generally had look with New Balance.

Posted by: The Abbot at February 1, 2008 06:34 PM

That should read "luck". Long week.

Posted by: The Abbot at February 1, 2008 06:37 PM

After decades with Nike Pegasus shoes, I've gone to their MaxAir Trail cross country shoe. The sole is made of more durable material so it doesn't wear down as fast, and it has a stone shield in there, in case you step on a rock (I run before dawn in the dark much of the year).

I only run from March to November, four to eight miles per day, and this is the first shoe that has lasted an entire season for me. It's not cushy though, so your knees might not like it. I have God's own knees, even in my fifties.

Posted by: Angus Dei at February 1, 2008 06:59 PM

Though no one would EVER call me a runner, New Balance supports my high arches and also helps to keep my feel from rolling inward.

Posted by: Lynellen at February 1, 2008 07:45 PM

I'm not a runner, nor do I play one on tv, but my niece, who is a pediatric OT, swears by New Balance. She too says, go to the store and have the expert uniformed attendants look at your foot, why you want the shoes, etc., and have them suggest the best pair for you.

Let us know how this works out! You may be an inspiration to us all.

Posted by: keysunset at February 2, 2008 08:10 AM