A tale of running shoes

24 Jun

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed that I shared a photo of a new pair of running shoes…

Brooks PureCadence 2s!!!

I have struggled with finding a pair of running shoes that works for me over the past year.

In September-ish of last year I ordered a new pair of my beloved Saucony Kinvara 2s. 


This is the shoe I swore by for many many years. The only problem was that I consistently had blisters on the side of my toes. I figured this was just a “just deal with it” situation. Until, on a whim, the hubby and I had to kill some time between a out of town wedding and reception and got randomly fitted for shoes at a local running store. The person at the running store recommended the Altra Intuition 1.5s for me, suggesting that the wider toe box would be perfect.

So in November of last year I purchased a pair.

I loved them, for many miles. My blisters went away, and my running was pain free. I have always loved a shoe with a minimal toe drop so they were perfect at a 0 drop! However, after a few months, I tore a hole through the back of the shoe – something that has never happened to me with a running shoe. When I put them on for the Pittsburgh Half they were SO uncomfortable and rubbed the back of my foot in a weird, uncomfortable way.

It was then that I knew I would have to buy a new pair. I was a little bummed because I got slightly less mileage out of these shoes than normal, but gave Altra the benefit of the doubt (and I still do) – they are a (relatively) young running shoe company. I loved their shoe strategy overall though, so I went looking for a new Altra shoe that would fit my needs.

The new version of the Intuition adds more overall padding, which I am not a huge fan of, so I decided to try out the model The One. It had a 0 toe drop (as do all Altras), and minimal padding. 

I ordered the shoes, got them, tried them on, and they felt horrible on my feet. Like they were too long or something. Clearly they were not right for me. (Note: I am not saying anything bad about Altra, just that I had trouble finding a shoe that worked for me after.)

Back to the drawing board.

After the Pittsburgh Half and for the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Weekend I reverted back to my Kinvara 2s. Immediately my toe blisters came back, but it was nothing I couldn’t deal with temporarily.

I hit up the Shoe Fitter booth at the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Weekend Expo (my experience in the previous link) and the awesome guy working there recommended three types of shoes for me. They would be tighter around the heel, thus preventing my foot from slipping forward, which he suspected caused my blisters. After researching the three shoes, I settled on the Brooks PureCadence 2s – the fact that they were on super clearance helped. 😉

So far, I am loving them. I have worn them on the treadmill and outside, for a max of 9 miles in one run, and so far so good.  

Hopefully I have finally found my match! 🙂


9 Responses to “A tale of running shoes”

  1. carmyy June 24, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    I feel like buying shoes are such a big commitment. a lot of times shoe stores eat the cost of returned shoes so I always want to make sure the shoes fit perfectly at the store but like you, sometimes it takes a few miles to see if you like them or not and by then, it might be considered too “used” to return ): I hope this pair will be the perfect one for you 🙂

    • Becca June 24, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      I completely agree – it is a commitment and one that can cost a lot of $$. I tend to frequent a local running store that will actually let you go out and run in them in their parking lot, or I order online from runningwarehouse.com – free 2 day shipping and free return shipping too.

      • carmyy June 24, 2014 at 11:33 am #

        ah. it’s definitely an expensive commitment! I ran around for a while in a pair I bought recently but after a couple 5ks in it, I found that it wasn’t for me but it was too late ): now I have a pair of expensive walk around shoes ):

  2. Rebecca Jo June 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    It takes trying a lot on to find the perfect shoes.

  3. kristenk June 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I feel your pain – my favorite Mizunos changed their newest model and I was left without a shoe! I also just bought those PureCadence 2s on a super clearance sale and I’m excited to try them out! I’m glad they work for you!

    • Becca June 25, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      Why do shoe companies change their new models so drastically sometimes? So frustrating. I hope the PureCadence’s work for you too!!

  4. mizunogirl June 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Shoes are such a difficulty! I thought I would run in Mizunos forever…(Hence the blog name eh) and then they just stopped working for me. Luckily Saucony is my go to….for right now anyway. So glad you found something that is working.

    • Becca June 25, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      Glad you found something that works for you… for now. 🙂

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