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! 🙂