I have been working at a local running store for over two and a half years. If you can imagine when it comes to shoes and feet I have seen it all. A women’s size 14.5 wide (ordered a men’s 13!!) and still growing! A men’s size 15 4E, whoa dolly! A 35 year old woman with a size 4 shoe who is sick of wearing boots with Hello Kitty on them. Can you honestly blame her? A pair of shoes that had been so loved that I could see three of the runner’s toes through the upper! Yep, in my time here at the running store I have seen quite a bit.
Far too often do customers come in wearing a pair of tattered, smelly running shoes that they have loved to death. The customer typically hasn’t replaced the shoe in well over a year (the longest I have encountered is 8 years- YES- THE MAN WENT 8 YEARS BEFORE REPLACING HIS SHOES!!); without fail s/he requests another pair of the same shoe. At first I simply went to the back grabbed the desired shoe and brought it out to the happy customer.
More recently I have become more comfortable bringing out a variety of shoes and encouraging the customer to not only try but possibly purchase 2 different pairs to train in. I know what you’re thinking and NO- I don’t work on commission. In fact I always think of myself as the “anti-salesperson” mostly because I think of myself as more of a runner than a salesperson. But the reality is this: if I believe that you can truly benefit from a product or testing out a new training strategy then I will encourage you to at the very least hear me out :). Why? Because I’m a happy runner and I want to make other runners happy too.
I have been training in two different shoes for over two years now and I absolutely love it! I wrote an article for Your26.2 entitled:
*NOTE: The shoes I run in have gradually changed with each 5-6 month training cycle: I started by pairing the Brooks Adrenaline and Ravenna (for 2013 NYC and 2014 Chicago), then the Brooks Ravenna and Saucony Guide (Boston/Baystate 2015) and now I have been toying with the idea of integrating a neutral shoe (gasp!), the Saucony ride into the mix and possibly dropping the Guide for 2016.
Never Stop Running,