These shoes may be…well, not so pretty. They may look a little strange, and they have certainly inspired unsolicited comments from complete strangers. People have stopped me in the store to ask about them. People have stopped me MID RUN to ask about them (um, did I not look busy? Did the sweat and ear phones not indicate I was doing something?) I call them my frog shoes. Or my toe shoes.
However, they are the best shoes I have ever owned in my life. I can’t say enough about them.
Previously I was very prone to blisters from sneakers. I had been professionally fit for running shoes by more than a few alleged “professionals” in shoe stores, the kind that specialize in running shoes such as Fit Niche. I had even been to a foot doctor. I still ended up with blisters. I don’t mean “getting used
to new shoe blisters.” I mean huge ugly bleeding wounds on my feet. On the balls of my feet or on the arch of my foot. Blisters that made it difficult to walk and impossible to run for days, if not weeks. Not exactly condusive to training.
My long time live in boyfriend has run 5 marathons and we have two close friends that are personal trainers and runners themselves so it isn’t as though I was without support or advice.
I finally decided, once I saw these ugly creatures on someone’s feet, that maybe, just maybe, these were the answer. I am barefoot all the time. I kick off my shoes without even thinking about it. I am barefoot in the house, I do the elliptical barefoot and I do yoga…barefoot. At work I live in ballet flats. Even as a teenager I didn’t wear sneakers. Maybe my feet were just not used to typical sneakers.
Let me tell you something. These were the miracle I was waiting for. I ran 3 miles, without walking, for the first time in my life the first day I got them. I have run 4 half marathons and one full marathon in them (13.1 miles and 26.2 miles.) I love them.
I have owned two pair, but not because one pair wore out. My first pair was just a touch too big so I gave them to my son and got measured for my second pair, just a half size smaller.
Which leads me to this bit of advice. Get fit for these shoes. My first pair I ordered online and they were just a bit too big, which makes a difference when you are buying something that is supposed to fit like a glove. Also,