Shoes

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There used to be a time where I was a shoe addict. A high-heeled, blingy shoe addict. {i haven't worn these in almost 2 years...}

Then I started running longer distances and began experiencing all kinds of feet soreness. Not necessarily injuries (although I have had those too), but just discomfort in general.

It became difficult to go out anywhere where you have to do a lot of walking. If I was going out, I would sometimes wear walking shoes but carry a pair of heels to change into. My friends often asked me, "What is wrong with your feet?!?"

Since I could no longer wear the highest of heels, my shoe addiction evolved to athletic shoes. Now when my friends come over they see a stack of boxes like this...

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...and go, more?" :)

Now that I've been diagnosed with Accessory Navicular Syndrome and flat feet, I have a better understanding of what kind of shoes I need to wear. I am still struggling with finding work-appropriate shoes. I pretty much wear sneakers every day to the office, which means I almost always wear jeans too. On the days where I just can't take the casualness anymore, I'll splurge and pack a pair of heels to wear around the office, but I usually end up paying the price for it the next day.

As for running shoes, I've been running in Pearl Izumi syncroFuel's (a mild stability shoe) for almost a year now. I have loved them, but decided to expand my horizons and see what else is out there that could possibly work better for me.

So last month I ventured to Road Runner Sports and tried on a whole wall of shoes. I really liked the Saucony Pro Grid Hurricane 13 (stability shoe) and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 (mild stability shoe) so I came home and ordered them online (much cheaper this way).

I had never worn Saucony's before, but RoadBunner just started using this brand and liked it. She turned me on to Pearl Izumi's (among many other running accessories) and I completely trust her opinions. As for Brooks, their shoe was the first running shoe I had ever worn. After a couple of years, I started to get blisters on my arches so I moved on to another brand. But this time, when I tried them on they really felt comfortable, especially in the heels, so I decided to give it a try again.

I have been running in all 3 brands for the past month now and decided that I like them all. So I'm going to rotate between them:

Brooks

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brooks_adrenaline_gts11_black

I'm going to use these for shorter mid-week runs. Unlike the other 2 shoes, this one I felt like I had to actually break in. It feels like and a little snugger around the mid-foot area (I also have wide feet), which I like, but probably wouldn't feel comfortable on longer runs.

Sauconys

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saucony

I'm going to use these for my long runs. I didn't have to break this shoe in - it felt comfortable from the very first time I ran in them. It feels very stable, which is something that my podiatrist said that I need. I feel like I can run in these shoes for a few hours without any problems.

Pearl Izumis

syncrofuels
syncrofuels

Last winter I bought 2 pairs of these shoes so the latest pair has been waiting to be used for several months now. I'm going to rotate these on an adhoc basis and probably use them for races. I'm on my 3rd pair and never felt like I had to break any of them in. They are so comfortable, especially in the mid-foot area. I feel like these shoes is a good balance between the other 2 - they are lighter than the Sauconys but a bit more stable than the Brooks.

I'm so pleased that my shoe experiment has gone well so far. I'm going to continue to experiment and if anything changes, it's nice to know that I have options.

I also just got my custom orthotics. I have to spend the next 2 weeks just walking around in them (meaning more wearing of sneakers to work) to break them in before I can actually start running in them. Today was Day 1 and my podiatrist warned me that they might feel so uncomfortable that I may not make it through the first day in them. I'm happy to say that they felt great - so far, so good. It's kinda amazing to feel what arch support is supposed to feel like!

And please, if you have any suggestions on work shoes that don't look like something my grandma would have worn, please send them over!