A recent conversation with a client that I thought would be of benefit to many of you
I am in need of some new road running shoes. My current pair have been completely worn out around the ball of the foot, thanks to attending James Kuegler Coaching workshops, with almost zero wear on the heels. My shoe is a ___ (brand and model removed) something shoe around $200.
There was a recent blog post from James regarding the shoes from the Warehouse being as good as a $200 shoe if you are running correctly. I have heard this comment before, but just not from anyone reputable.
All things being equal, is it okay to change out my current shoe to an inexpensive shoe, or should I work through a transition shoe first i.e. something in between the two?
On the trail I have two pairs of ___ (brand and model removed) with very aggressive tread for the mud and wet (which I need in Tararua Ranges) and then the ___ (model removed) with an intermediate tread and around 4mm heel drop for light to medium trails.
Malisoux et al in a paper reviewed deep on my website found in a study that there was a 39% decrease in running related injuries when runners used more than one pair of shoes concurrently.
We also know that comfort is likely the best predictor of success.
You are an experiment of one, so with that in mind, my suggestion would be to head down to the Warehouse or similar and try some shoes on, if they feel comfortable then buy a pair, and from there alternate between them and your ___ (brand and model removed), perhaps starting with shorter runs. The concurrent use is of course already happening to a certain degree with you being on road and off-road.
My firm belief is that what you wear for the 100 hours of life is more important than during 10 hours of exercise. My suggestion would be that this is a pair of shoes that is flat, flexible, shaped like a foot, and close to the ground. If for example, you require a black leather dress shoe, I suggest a pair of Vivobarefoot Gobi or similar.
Whether you agree, disagree, or just want to throw in your five cents, leave me a comment below.