Don’t Get too Comfortable in those Shoes
I’m a great proponent in running in a variety of shoes. Wearing different styles with different drops, construction and feels in my mind makes you a stronger runner and more adaptable. Also many times I hear of someone who runs only in one brand and style of shoe and are in desperation when the company discontinues them. I don’t want to rely on a shoe that much. Looking at my shoe storage area (the floor) I have 9 pairs of running shoes there. It sounds a lot but they are all in different states of wear. Also I never bought them all at once they have built up over time and I find that give me the variety and wear that works well for the sort of running I do. Obviously if I only ever ran roads or just trail in all likelihood I’d only have two or 3 pairs. 2 pairs of those shoes probably should go in the bin but I can’t quite bring myself to do that just yet. Another pair of New balance ones will probably get put to slumping around the garden with the dogs mode shortly. So in reality I only have 6 pairs of usable shoes with some of those nearing the end of their life.
No matter what in my shoe rotation you always have a favourite shoe. My favourite road shoe at present is the asics Gel-super J33 which I picked up earlier this year for less than £40 because they are last years model. Picking up the previous years model is a great way to keep the costs down for those of us on a budget. I love these shoe they fit my running style and I’ve run everything from 5k to 30k in them. I’ve put 400k on them so far and they are still lovely. Luckily sportsshoes.com still have some of last years ones at a great price so I’ll be back for some more in a couple of months. No matter what though my other road shoes (a pair of Salomon Goretex ones for the winter and my Puma Ignites) still have a place for the reasons above.
My trails shoes are a bit of a one brand wonder (going against what I said above oops). I do have a pair of Adidas Kanadia shoes which I reviewed Here but they are now fit for the bin. The three usable ones are all Inov8. The Race Ultra 290s, Trailroc255s and a pair of Terraclaw250s that I actually won in a competition. Just a note on the Terraclaws (my competition shoes) they’ve had stunning reviews however personally I’m disappointed in them. They’re not bad just rather unspectacular which goes to show that just because a review says they’re spectacular doesn’t mean you’ll love them as much. I may do a long term review of them soon.
Over recent weeks I’ve seem adverts form Inov8 foe a new show called the TrailTalon. Description wise it seems to cover a lot of ground the Race Ultra does so I was confused. I then found out that they are discontinuing the Race Ultra in favour of this new shoe. I’m disappointed the Race Ultra has only been around for 2 years it’s had great reviews and was one of the most popular shoes in the Marathon De Sable. To me though it’s my favourite all round shoe I call them my slippers as they are that comfortable. I can run rocks, sand, grass and some road in them. Even mud which they are not designed for they aren’t the best but can get you through. I have a run that I do which had got the gnarliest rocky climb/descent but to get to it I have to run 4 miles of Road and they are so comfortable on that road and then handle the climb to the radio tower. In fact they laugh in the face of it (HA HA!)
The new TrailTalon has got some good reviews and it may be a great shoe but I’m hoping the stock of Race Ultras will still be around for the next few months. As much as I love the shoe I know there are other options. The fact I am willing to and do run in a variety of shoes makes the discountuation of my favourite Trail Shoe annoying but no more than that. If I don’t want to try the TrailTalon there are differnent shoes from other brands that could fulfil my all round shoe hole. I heard a great comment from Brandon from Gearist when he said it wont be the specific shoe from that specific brand that you just love but the style of that shoe and many other shoe manufactures will make shoes that can and will suit your need and be to that style.
So the moral of this blog is don’t get obsessed with one shoe from one Manufacturer because like a sweet shop there is so much to discover