After too many months of talking about getting a new pair of running shoes, I finally took the plunge and purchased some Nike Lunar Glide 5.0s. (I can’t believe how much cheaper they are in the States. My wallet is crying.)
I’ve always had very good experiences with Nike. I still have two pairs of Nike Free Run 3.0s kicking around. One pair is completely worn out and the other was purchased more or less as a walking shoe when I was pregnant. As comfortable as the Frees are, I don’t feel like they are a great shoe for doing much else than running or walking (just my personal opinion). Some weight training, perhaps. I simply find they do not have enough support for lateral movements, plyometric movements, quick shifts of direction, or even certain resistance training moves like lunges.
I also have a pair of Asics, but they’ve been around the block a few too many times, hence my need for new runners in the first place. Asics have been my go-to running shoe for years, but when comparing them to the Nike Frees, I really started to dislike their rigidity (even when they’re worn in). They almost have too much support, if that makes sense! Picky, aren’t I?
I don’t know. I guess when you are in your running shoes -almost- daily, you want something that meets all of the requirements for your specific physical activities. This isn’t always easy to do! After testing out my new Lunar Glides at bootcamp yesterday, I can confidently say that they cover all bases. In total, I ran about 3 km and did a variety of jumping, lunging, weight bearing activities, and they were flawless! They are light and airy for running, yet provide just enough support for my other activities. I’m definitely pleased with this selection!
I took a lot more into consideration this time around when selecting my runners. In the past, I know there have been instances when I’m guilty of choosing a shoe based upon the look before overall functionality. Oops! That’s definitely one thing I’ve learned: don’t judge a shoe by its cover! It really depends on a lot of things, particularly the shape of your foot and the activities involved.
All this running shoe talk has me reminiscing about some hilarious athletic footwear that I couldn’t live without over the course of my life…
The infamous Adidas Diego shoe. If there were 200 kids in the 5th grade at my school, 180 wore these each day (although probably only 30 of us actually played soccer). You didn’t want to be caught dead wearing them in another colour, either! They looked particularly spiffy with my Puma tracksuit. Just sayin’.
This was my can’t-live-without basketball shoe in the 6th & 7th grade. I still remember the day I got these; my first real high top! Hmm…I wonder why I never had a boyfriend!
Here’s my high school basketball shoe! I traded in my high tops in the 11th grade for Adidas Superstars, about 10 sprained ankles, and pain in my arches because they didn’t support my foot properly. I think this is when my “choosing a shoe based upon appearance” strategy began.
The one shoe I always wanted, but my dream never materialized. Pump it up.
Good times! I’m sure that if I was to fast-forward into the future, we’ll all be laughing at the colourful selection of running shoes gracing the pavement and gyms today. Oh yes. They’ll be just as laughable as hightop manual pump up sneakers. But for now, bring on the neon!
Do you still remember some of the specific shoes you had as a kid?
Have you ever chosen appearance over functionality?
Which running/athletic shoes are you currently wearing?