Oh, you stupid feet


January 2, 2012 by 8junebugs

Le sigh.

Today, I bought new running shoes. I do this from time to time, and the last time was April 2010.

(Crap. I didn’t think it’d been that long.)

Ever since my first long-distance training day for my first Avon Walk, I have entrusted my feet to professionals. Back then, I had a pair of New Balance sneakers that were SO COMFORTABLE and SO AWESOME that I ignored the advice of people with more experience and brains than I. Twelve miles later, my feet were such a throbbing, blistered mess that I considered gnawing them off and finishing the walk on two bloody stumps, because no way could that hurt more than swollen feet in a too-small-for-real-distance shoe. And it was only a training walk.

I learned my lesson, got fitted — and shelled out — for proper running shoes a full size too big, and have never looked back.

Well, that’s not true. Every time I do this, I hope that one of the Cool Companies has made a shoe that feels right on my wonky-ass, buniony feet. I hope to come home with Nike or New Balance or Adidas or any one of the brand names that the Cool Kids wore when I was a fashion-inept teenager with no athletic aptitude…or interest.

True to form, the best shoes for my feet are still made by Brooks. This happens to me EVERY GODDAMN TIME and I’m not sure why it bugs me, except that the name reminds me of Middlebury’s (late) Brooks Pharmacy.

Meet the Adrenaline GTS 12:

Still perfect for my bunions and wobbly ankles.*




*I’ve often wondered why previous running store experts haven’t said anything about my wobbly ankles. Those of you who’ve lived with me or known me long enough know my ankles crack on unconscious command, one in a staccato and one in more of a samba rhythm, and I frequently roll an ankle walking on a flat surface. This guy watched me run as well as walk, though, and the others didn’t, which means he saw the range of motion differently. Still…same shoes. Basically. With inserts, just in case.


7 thoughts on “Oh, you stupid feet

  1. Megan says:

    I totally hear you. I went through easily 10 pairs of shoes before I discovered my holy grail – the Saucony Kinvara. Stick with what works!

  2. marypilat says:

    I always ran in Sauconys. They were slip-lasted and were oh so comfortable. They let my feet be themselves instead of trying to make them conform.

  3. Liz says:

    I have the best time with Brooks running shoes!!

  4. Statia says:

    I freaking LOVE my Brooks. I’ve had the Adrenaline for quite a few years now (obviously replacing them as they get worn, but they last me a good long time). My PT after I had my son recommended them, as they are really good for people who pronate, which I do, and I’ve never looked back. I wore Nikes for years, and my feet hated me. I actually used my Brooks for running today. Something I’ve never EVER done.

    Brooks are totally not uncool. And if they’re what works for your feet, then rock on.

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