I finally committed to one pair. Yes, after going back and forth, forth and back I picked out my new shoes. It was not an easy decision. I even toyed with the idea of making my triangular shoe relationship something of a permanent thing, buying two pairs and switching between them just like I was doing before. I thought and thought and thought. Maybe even a bit too much. I started paying lots of attention to what other people were wearing and I asked several random people how they felt about their shoes.
I was a woman torn.
I even went in and out of running shoe stores picking up, touching, and making mental notes on all kinds of shoes. I did not limit myself to my current two options. Some might call me promiscuous when it comes to shoes, but I think I was just procrastinating on making a choice. It was much easier to pick out socks. Go figure.
I am not exactly sure what I was doing or why I was doing it. I was torn between two pairs of shoes and I could not go wrong no matter which pair I chose. Why did I feel the need to look at others? Am I really that fickle? Or was I just afraid of commitment? I know this sounds strange especially since I have running for a million years and it is a pair of running shoes, not a husband. Yes, I had jumped off the deep end.
Once I went back to my favorite running store, my sanity returned, sort of. I tried on a pair of each of the shoes in my love triangle and went for a run. They both felt great just like I knew they would. I sat down looking at both pairs for about 30 minutes, I kid you not. I was actually stuck.
I went home empty handed. When I was getting ready to go out for my next few runs I discovered that I was running in my Newton Gravities much more on the long runs than in my Altras. I honestly thought I was spending equal time in both. I did not consciously like one pair more than the other, but apparently my mind did. Once I discovered that I felt the pressure disappear. Why I did not think about that before, I have no idea. The light came on. I went back to the store and came home with a brand new pair of Newtons.
The moral of my story is:
- Establish a relationship with a running store. It makes choosing a shoe much easier.
- Pay attention to which shoes you gravitate towards by keeping track of the mileage of all your running shoes.
- Keep an open mind, be prepared to be educated.
- Trends and colors should not sway your opinion, fit and compatibility should.
- Your loyalty should be to your feet, NOT a brand.
- Remember you are choosing running shoes, not a mate so relax and enjoy the process.
- Laugh at your inability to decide and then decide.
Had I done any of those things I listed, my experience would have been must easier. Surely, I will remember them for the next time.
Have you ever struggled to choose the perfect pair of running shoes?