Today, there was a retirement party in my car. I was the only one invited and to be honest… I am the only one that really cares. The retiree has been a great worker since Nov 2005, but their useful lifetime has come to an end. It is time to retire my first pair of Vitruvian Symmetry Classic running shoes.
Actually, the old bugger has been working hard for me the last 100 miles. I totally destroy shoes and earlier this year, I demonstrated how I go through shoes in as little as 150-200 miles. Running shoes should be replaced around 300-400 miles or so. If you run in worn out shoes you are opening the door and yelling “HEREEEEEEEEEE Injury, Injury, Injury”.
However, shoes can be expensive. The upper limit of running shoes can range up to $200 a pair! For me that would be a dollar a mile! Yikes! No way, Jose. Actually, there are a number of running shoes in the $60-80 range that are more than adequate for 90% of the people out there. The nice thing is that all the running shoe companies have shoes in this price range.
But price isn't the only critical factor in choosing running shoes. Not all running shoes are made the same. For all practical purposes, there are 3 major divisions among running shoes: Neutral, Stability, Motion Control. You need to make sure that you are properly fit with the correct type of shoe, else you be bringing Ole Injury back to the homestead. Good for you is that unless you purposely change your running stride, you'll be the same type until they put you in the casket.
For me… I am a suplinator (under-pronate). This means that I hit my heel first then the rest of my foot hits the ground. This immediately removes Motion Control from the list. I should chose a Stability shoe, but I could get away with a Neutral shoe that has extra cushioning.
My favorite shoe of all time was the New Balance 714, which was the 2001ish model. But like cars, new models come out periodically and the shoe companies are always changing (good and bad) things each year. I think they are on the 718 model now, but I haven't ran in that shoe family since the 714. The GT 2080 was a great shoe… I had 2 at one time and the GT2100 has gotten great reviews.
I found Vitruvian through the podcast Runcast Weekly and decided at the $30 price for the classic model, that I would give it a try. So far so good! As long as they have the $30 pair, I will buy from them.
Oh, about the party… we, I mean… I, had doughnuts. No songs were sung. The retiree will reside in my trunk and will be called upon when a running opportuity presents itself.