I love running shoes. They allow me to do what I love, run. They shield me from rocks, mud, horse shit. They serve their purpose. What I don’t love is buying new running shoes. Knowing what size you’re going to fit into in a certain style is hard and stressful. What if your running in the middle of a trail and they start to irritate you in a way that you could never have known while test running them in the store? I also don’t like to spend my money, and lets face it buying running shoes for a hundred bucks a pop gets pretty old. Then I look at my shoes again.
I have spent the majority of my running time over the last 9 months in these shoes. While wearing these shoes I managed to change their color to a dusty gray, PR in a half marathon, splashed through the mud and run up some gnarly hills. And these babies helped me fly down from them. I love these shoes and I knew I would before I bought them. There is no saving them now. I had the idea of fixing them up with bright green duct tape and I was informed by my son that doing so is definitely not cool.
So off I went to Road Runner Sports in San Diego to go buy a new pair of shoes. I was going to go waste a huge chunk of my day off spending money and I was definitely not excited about it. I had a gift-card to the store so it would not be so painful, but still.
So at this store they have a clearance section of once worn and well-loved shoes. This is where I go most times because at this store you have the ability to return a pair of shoes you did not fall in love with after one use, and in my opinion these shoes are still new for the fraction of the price.
This is where my day went from great to awesome. Before heading out to the clearance section, I knew what I wanted. A minimalist trail running shoe. After browsing the 1000’s of pairs of shoes, I found them.
These shoes stuck out to me for good reason, and I can’t resist anything orange. It was meant to be and they had my size. Call me a happy camper! Then I found another pair that I thought I would try, and for $25.29 I’m not going to pass it up, especially since it took me thirty minutes to get to this store.
The second pair I found are a men’s shoe, but when you have as big of feet as I do, you can do that.
For under $100 I get to add these two pairs of shoes to my collection and hope that I run as many miles and create as many memories in these shoes as I did with my Brooks Green Silence. For some reason I don’t think I’ll be lacking in either one of those areas.