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I am breaking up with my running shoes and I’m scared!

My ten year love affair with my running shoes may be over.

On a quest for the perfect running shoe.

On a quest for the perfect running shoes.

Today while I was at the Alpine Clinic, my Physical Therapist Kathy checked out my running shoes and thinks that a change is in order. I currently run in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS and have been for about 10 years now. If you know me you know change is hard. I love my Adrenalines but I don’t love what is currently going on with my body. Not only did she take a close look at my feet she also looked at my body alignment when I am standing in my shoes.
 
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is a Stability shoe with a footbridge to support the arch.  I can buy this shoe in a narrow and always feel like they are hugging my foot like a glove. These shoes saved me after college when I had to ditch my Nikes due to ongoing problems with shin splints that turned into an ugly stress fracture. I have loved these shoes since I began running in them and now we may need to break-up? Gulp!

My foot has always been hard to fit. This has been a huge problem since I was a kid .I need a wide toe box but have a narrow foot, narrow heel and high instep making it tough to find the right shoe. We had to search high and low for shoes that would fit my long skinny feet.  We often ended up at “Sneaky Pete’s,” a crazy shoe store with shoes from the floor to the ceiling and available in unusual width measurements.  I even got my first pair of Chuck Taylor’s at Sneaky Pete’s, a sweet pair of peach high tops.

Kathy, my PT thinks I need a shoe with stability but more of a medium stability shoe, no need to go with such an aggressive stability shoe anymore.When I am standing in my running shoes, the footbridge actually overcorrects my pronation and bows my calves out which in turn causes my knees to turn in.

Yikes! I guess this break-up may be inevitable. It’s not you . . . it’s me. We will always have the Boston Marathon . . .

It's so hard to say goodbye. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS ignited my true love of running.

It’s so hard to say goodbye. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS ignited my true love of running.

Kathy has me convinced it’s time to give something else a try. I’m open to suggestion and really have no idea where to begin. I do know that the search for the perfect shoe will be tough and it may take a few tries.

I’m open to suggestion.

What is your favorite running shoe and why? Did you ever have to “break-up” with your favorite pair of running shoes?

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23 responses

23 responses

  1. I was an asics guy all the way from high school through just a few years ago. As my mileage increased and styles changed ever so slightly something stopped working. I tried less support, more cushion etc- I have spent the past 3 years going through shoes and while not yet sure if I have a solution I just finished my 3rd half marathon running on the Altra one2 and am really happy with the shoe. I too have long skinny feet, but enjoy the roomy toe box. My brother also runs in them, and he regularly was putting in 30+ miles a week in all conditions. My sister in law has also had good luck with the women’s line – worth picking up a pair to try.

  2. Could you run in chicken feet? No? Hmmmm…Go to Runner’s Alley. They have so many shoes and will watch you run to set you up in the perfect shoe. I’ve gone there many, many times with much success. Good luck!
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  3. Two years ago I “broke up” with my shoes but it was by choice. They were Asics, the highest upper and control show they made, I not so lovingly called them my orthotics. I got sick of running in boring, chunky grey shoes and the guys at my local running store said I shouldn’t have a problem trying something new as long as I was careful about it. Now I love the new model AND it always comes in at least a few colors (I know I know we’re not supposed to care about color but I’m a girl I can’t help it!). Change is scary but it can also be a good thing and a new opportunity – good luck finding something new!
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  4. I’m sorry you have to break up with your shoes! I’m not a PT (just the other PT, personal trainer, lol) but I too have seen many people actually injure themselves by wearing a shoe that overcorrects an issue they don’t actually have. I hope this change helps with your continued healing!
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  5. After 17 yrs of running, I still haven’t found my Cinderella shoe–not sure if they exist? But I’ll find a pair that works for a while, then I seem to need a change. I think it’s good to keep a couple different models in the mix, though. Good luck to you!
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  6. I had the same issue with my feet. I’ve found that Asics have been my savior for running. I would go to a running store with cell trained staff that have a treadmill onsite so they can watch you run. Then take their shoe choice to your PT for her opinion. Good luck!!
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  7. Having to switch shoes majorly stinks! I recently had to switch from a neutral to a light stability shoe and I’m super bummed. Try the Mizuno Wave Inspire. The newest ones are running a little wider in the toe box, but Mizunos in general tend to be narrower in the heel. They probably won’t feel as cushy as your Brooks, though. Maybe try the new ASICS GT-2000 on, too. Definitely go check out a running specialty store–the employees there (like me!) should be highly trained to finding you the right fit for your foot!
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  8. Sadly my relationship with Vibrams is going to end. I have no clue what shoe to try next. I still like the minimalist feel but 2 stress fractures while wearing these…I’ve got to do something. So I understand you pain 🙁

  9. I used to wear the Brooks Adrenaline shoe too. Then when I was fitted for custom orthotics after a nasty battle with plantar fasciitis I switched to a neutral shoe. I’m now married Mizuno Wave Riders. Hugs & get better soon, I’m sure you’ll find a new shoe boyfriend 🙂
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  10. So, I have been in love with the same exact shoe – The Brooks Adrenaline GTS!
    After my fall marathon, I decided it was time to have a new gait analysis done and possibly look at changing shoes. Turns out that I didn’t need a stability shoe, I was best suited for a neutral shoe! There was even some rumblings that running in a stability shoe may have contributed to the stress fracture in my knee (no concrete evidence, but that is a scary thought). Anyway, I broke up with the Adrenaline and got married to the Brooks Ghost 7 – a neutral shoe. I haven’t had the chance yet to really put the miles in on it, but I am excited! It feels great and its nice to know that I need a neutral shoe. Good luck with your shoe relationship – I’m sure you’ll find “the one” 🙂
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