I’ve mentioned it
a few times many times that I’m on a search for the PERFECT shoe. I want the clouds to part and rays of sunshine to fall on my beautiful, perfect new-running-shoe-fitted-feet. This is the ideal. But I will settle for something super-duper fabulous.
During Dopey, I saw a number of hokas running past me. Considering I recently went from a stability shoe to a neutral with loads of cushion, I figured this would the PERFECT shoe. Not to mention, Sweaty Emily raves about them and she runs a billion miles. Then Kara from It’s a Dog Lick Baby World got them and I think she is very neato so I wanted to be like her.
A chunk of change later and I was the proud owner of a pair of Hokas. Let’s just put it out there that these puppies aren’t the cutest things ever and they make my feet look giant. Nevertheless, I was willing to overlook these for a sweet ride.
I wasn’t disappointed – at least not for a while. They initially felt very large and clunky. I kind of wondered if they were too big? I ordered a size down so I could see if this was it and these rubbed against the side of my feet – the right side worse than the left. So, I kept the 8.5’s thinking these would be the right choice.
Sadly they are not my earth-shattering dream shoes I hoped for. The blisters on both feet are just getting worse and running is uncomfortable/painful. I think my right foot is wider as this one is more irritated. I thought I could push through it and I will but I need to mix them up with shoes that fit me better. My Brooks Glycerin’s are good but my current pair are DONEZO. I looked on amazon and they didn’t have any in my size so I will look somewhere else. Amazon did suggest some Asics Nimbus though. I started out my running career with Asics and maybe it’s time to go back?
Clearly, I am incredibly wishy-washy when it comes to shoes. My “journey” is silly and *perhaps* my standards are just a bit high. OR I need to stop falling into the trap of hearing/reading about what others are wearing and thinking these will make me run like them. While I don’t really believe this will make it true, some part of me wonders if there is magic in shoes… I also should have gone to Hogwarts for my undergrad but you know… the owl got lost.
There you have it. My Asics are coming today and I need to find the Glycerin’s right quick-like (just in case the Asics don’t work). I have a 25k on 5/10 and I need time to break in the new shoes. Not to mention, running in the Hokas on back to back days is making my feet all hurty. I will stock up on some moleskin because Hokas last for 700ish miles. I’m probably the only person who is disappointed by this. I do want to say, I like a lot about the hokas. The cushion is great and it definitely helps encourage mid-foot striking. They also have a mad love affair with my treadmill. I can’t explain it but running in these on the ‘mill is so much easier than in other shoes for me.
Oh no! Another angsty post – here, look at this funny t-rex – maybe it will help you forget about my whining!