It has messed with my knees, my feet and even my mental strength. Since I could not find a pair, I kept running in my old pair, which I knew wasn't good for my knees, but I wasn't left with much choice.. This past Saturday, I decided to try the frustrating journey all over again..
After going to the running store and being fitted for shoes, I walked out empty handed. My current shoes are the Saucony Pro Grid Guide 4.. See below..
I used to run Asics, but switched because Saucony has a wider toe box. You see I don't have wide feet, but Asics has been making their toe box a lot smaller and my feet swell during long runs. I have found that if the toe box is slightly bigger, my feet don't hurt as bad after a long run.
I made the switch to Saucony right before Riverbank in April and loved these shoes.. Well, after researching a lot yesterday, these shoes are no longer made, but Saucony has the Pro grid Guide 5 out, which had a somewhat wide toe box, it is smaller than the Pro Grid guide 4, but still bigger than Asics. However, Saucony Pro Grid Guide 5 will soon be retiring and moving on to the next level.
Upon all the frustration with running shoes, I decided that I had to upgrade to the next pair, despite the slightly smaller toe box. I bought two pairs. I was lucky enough to find one pair in my size at a local sports store. They were only $65, normally $110. I was able to order another pair on Amazon for $62.
I am so thankful to say the shoe journey is over! After all this frustration, I am considering buying several pairs of this shoe, because I don't want the toe box to keep getting smaller and smaller. It made me so angry when ASICS switched and now I see slowly Saucony is going that way.. I don't like it and think shoe companies need to make slight adjustments to shoes or make two different shoes, one with a larger toe box and one with a smaller one.. Sigh..
What shoes do you run in?? Is it crazy to buy a couple pairs of your favorite running shoes to ensure that you will have shoes you like??