Apr. 10th, 2017

forgotten_aria: (chun li kick)
I am cheap. I am willing to pay for function, but even then, I tend to be cheap.

When it comes to shoes, I mostly look for something that will keep sharp objects from hurting me and not much else.

That changed a while back when I got my fancy On Cloudracer shoes. I really like them a lot, but last run I was thinking I might need something with more protection for my feet and more bounce too.
The problem with most shoe and sports stores is it was hard to tell shoes that weren't fashion over function. So I decided to go to a specialty running store knowing that I was not going to get anything cheap there, but I was going to pay for the expertise. So I went in resolute that I was not going to balk at the price.

I went to one in Andover that had good reviews. They put me in some "neutral" shoes and took a video of my running on the treadmill. I land on the outside of my foot and then pronate, just a little, on to the inside. She decided I needed some stability help (and I think, without ever saying it, she wanted something to cushion me for my weight.) I must have tried on about 12 shoes and spent almost an hour in the shop. When I found a pair I liked, I asked "How much is the damage?" She looked at the price and say, "Oh no, I'm so sorry, this might be the most costly pair of shoes in the whole store. Let's go try on a few less expensive models of the same brand." So we did, but I didn't like them. I had never seen an sales person be so genuinely apologetic for trying to sell the expensive model. I really liked the store and the people there, so if you need an expert to help you with your running shoes, I recommend Greater Boston Running Company in Andover.

Here's hoping these shoes make me hate running less!

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