How many times have you changed shoes?

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loratliff
loratliff Posts: 283 Member
I'm about to hang up my first pair of good running shoes (professionally fitted) and I'm wondering if I should just buy another pair of the same or if it's worth getting fitted again. Since my first fitting, I'm about 10-12 lbs. lighter, and running ~30-35 mpw (will be increasing throughout the year) whereas I was just beginning running when I was first fitted.

Totally happy with my shoes and nothing that would make me think I should be wearing something different, but you never know.
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  • suetorrence
    suetorrence Posts: 163 Member
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    I am a relatively new runner - began with C25K in December 2013. My flat feet need a more stable shoe than some. Anyway, I began wearing Mizuno, then switched to Saucony and I am currently wearing a New Balance shoe. Each time I changed I was re-fit for shoes. The one time I ordered the same shoe in a new model I had to take it back because of a minor change.
  • lishie_rebooted
    lishie_rebooted Posts: 2,973 Member
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    I get re-fit once a year, just to check or if I've had any major physical changes - ie graduating from physical therapy post treatment for PFS. I recently had the guys check again since I'm back in PT for my ankle (pfs treatment made my ankle worse)

    I don't think there's any harm in getting refit. It doesn't take that long and gives you time to chat with the salesman (which is why Ive gone with friends when they get fit lol)
  • RunnerElizabeth
    RunnerElizabeth Posts: 1,091 Member
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    If it ain't broke.... But I personally have not found being fitted for shoes to be particularly useful. I have flat feet, I heel strike, I over pronate. The store wants me in a stability shoe. I hate the feeling of a stability shoe! The store also wants me in a shoe with a wider arch, but it feels way more comfortable for me to hang over the arch. I did get fitted for a shoe at one point in time and changed up the shoe I had been wearing for years and that was a huge mistake. I say if you like your shoe, go buy a new pair.
  • kristinegift
    kristinegift Posts: 2,406 Member
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    I've only ran in 1 brand and 2 models of shoe. I ran in Saucony Omni Progrids for years, but the new models kept getting heavier, and my feet tend to swing out when I run and this was hurting my knees with the heavy shoes. So I switched to Saucony Kinvaras, and have worn them for about 3-4 years now. The light weight keeps my knees relatively healthy, and the 4mm heel-toe drop helps me run with more natural mechanics, but there's still enough cushioning/arch support. I just can't find another shoe or brand that fits my feet so darn well; Saucony just fits like a glove.

    If you are happy with your shoes, I'd say just buy a new pair. And keep doing that until they make a model that you hate, and wait it out til the next one (Saucony Kinvara 3s and 4s... I'm looking at you).
  • jturnerx
    jturnerx Posts: 325 Member
    edited March 2015
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    I started off in Brooks Adrenalines and Cascadias. They did something to the Cascadias one model year and it went from a shoe I loved to one I hated. I tried a pair of Hokas for the trail and eventually for the road. I tend to experiment more with trail shoes than road shoes and I keep going back to the Hokas.

    I haven't been formally fitted per se in years. I even dumped my orthotics a year ago. I just got tired of having them in my shoes and I haven't had any issues from that move. The same model year to year changes. You just have to see if it still works for you.
  • SKME2013
    SKME2013 Posts: 704 Member
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    I use Asics Gel Nimbus 16 and each time I find them for a good price I buy a pair. I stick with them as they seem to be perfect for me. Originally I got them fitted and it works.
  • FromHereOnOut
    FromHereOnOut Posts: 3,237 Member
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    If you aren't having any problems, you could go with the same (but Google whether the company has made any changes in drop on that model), but be prepared that as you increase miles you may run into a problem (iow, the increased miles will make you aware of a problem), and as expensive as shoes can be, that might not be fun for your wallet vs. getting fitted again in advance. Also, increasing miles will mean switching shoes more often anyway.
  • loratliff
    loratliff Posts: 283 Member
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    Thanks! Basically, the verdict is whatever works it seems (like all things running, haha). :) I will probably get fitted again, but if nothing major has changed, it gives me an excuse to get a new pair of Glycerin 12s in one of the new spring colors.
  • brandiuntz
    brandiuntz Posts: 2,717 Member
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    I stick to the same brand/model, and have lucked out so far that it continues to work well for me, even with the yearly updates. Been running since 2013. I did try a different brand/model once, and did not like them at all after the initial few weeks, though no injuries occurred from putting 300 miles on them.

    I rotate two pairs at a time, so I'm about to retire my 4th pair, and have about 60 miles on the 5th pair (replaced my 3rd pair). The new 6th pair is waiting in the wings!
  • loratliff
    loratliff Posts: 283 Member
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    Went to the store tonight and I'm still 100 percent neutral (yay, I guess!)...

    Fresh pair of Glycerin 12s felt like home, didn't like the Saucony Ride 7, but I LOVED (LOVED!) the New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay. Almost 3 oz. lighter than the Glycerins which felt amazing. Anyone wear them?
  • GiddyupTim
    GiddyupTim Posts: 2,819 Member
    edited March 2015
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    I have pretty much run in the same shoes for 20-odd years -- Nike Pegasus. In that time, I have tried different shoes, and I currently have a pair of Altra Zero-Drops that I run in sometimes. But, shoes fit differently, and feel different, and wear different. When you find something you like, and they do not discontinue it, why take a chance on something new? Something you may not like.
    Congrats on the "new" same old shoes!
  • FromHereOnOut
    FromHereOnOut Posts: 3,237 Member
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    I wear NB and might give Fresh Foam a go. But if I do, I will probably go with Zante, which hasn't released yet. I will probably try in June or July when I'm in the USA. Good to hear a good first impression of the Fresh Foam line.

    Congrats on your shoes!
  • litsy3
    litsy3 Posts: 783 Member
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    I got through about 4 or 5 pairs of the same shoes (Brooks Defyance) but I went back through earlier models rather than getting the latest ones, as they were really cheap. But like the OP, I'm a neutral runner. So when I went to get refitted (not due to problems, but because I wanted something lighter for speedwork and short races) I was told I could basically wear whatever shoes I liked. So I do, and it's great. I have five different types of road shoe and four different pairs of trail shoes and I rotate them depending on terrain, distance, and how I feel.
  • Roxiegirl2008
    Roxiegirl2008 Posts: 756 Member
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    I was wearing Brooks Adrenaline forever. I decided after 90lbs weight loss to get refitted and I am now in Brook glycerin and love them. The insoles that were fitted to my feet...not so much thankfully Road Runner has a 30 day return "no questions asked" policy on those insoles so they are going back.
  • aldousmom
    aldousmom Posts: 382 Member
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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    I changed types of road shoes since I started running, from a supportive shoe to a very light neutral shoe. Once I had learned to run, I didn't need as much shoe anymore. Sort of like taking off the training wheels. (from Adidas Super nova..maybe...can't remember, to Brooks Pure Flow 3 and then to Pearl Izumi N1road after they stopped making pureflow3)
    of my trail shoes, I ran with the first ones I tried for a long time until I couldn't find them anymore, and now I have another brand I like very well. So, two times for those, too. (montrail bajadas to pearl izumi N1)
  • loratliff
    loratliff Posts: 283 Member
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    aldousmom wrote: »
    I changed types of road shoes since I started running, from a supportive shoe to a very light neutral shoe. Once I had learned to run, I didn't need as much shoe anymore. Sort of like taking off the training wheels.

    This is sort of where I'm heading, simply because I liked the light feel of the NB so much. (And being a completely neutral runner helps too, like litsy said.) So, I have a fresh pair of Glycerins and ordered a pair of the NB Fresh Foam Boracays to work in for shorter runs. Will report back with how I like them.
  • alpine1994
    alpine1994 Posts: 1,915 Member
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    I'm due for some new shoes. Last time I switched from Brooks Ghost 6 to Adidas Super Nova Glide 6. I didn't love the Brooks Ghost 7 as much as the Adidas so I gave them a whirl and it's been great. They have this amazing foam in them and it's SO nice. I'm getting re-fitted (different store this time since I moved across the country!) so we'll see what they come up with.
  • 5512bf
    5512bf Posts: 389 Member
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    alpine1994 wrote: »
    I'm due for some new shoes. Last time I switched from Brooks Ghost 6 to Adidas Super Nova Glide 6. I didn't love the Brooks Ghost 7 as much as the Adidas so I gave them a whirl and it's been great. They have this amazing foam in them and it's SO nice. I'm getting re-fitted (different store this time since I moved across the country!) so we'll see what they come up with.

    The Adidas boost material is awesome. They are by far the most comfortable shoe i've used so far but i've had issues with the rubber wearing down too quickly. 5 weeks and 215 miles into these shoes the heel and toe rubber is worn smooth. Probably got another 100 miles or so in them but was hoping to get alot more out of them.

  • aletabug
    aletabug Posts: 1 Member
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    I've been in Brooks since early 2009. They have discontinued my Trance's so I will be switching to another shoe in the Brooks family.
  • MountainMaggie
    MountainMaggie Posts: 104 Member
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    loratliff wrote: »
    I'm about to hang up my first pair of good running shoes (professionally fitted) and I'm wondering if I should just buy another pair of the same or if it's worth getting fitted again. Since my first fitting, I'm about 10-12 lbs. lighter, and running ~30-35 mpw (will be increasing throughout the year) whereas I was just beginning running when I was first fitted.

    Totally happy with my shoes and nothing that would make me think I should be wearing something different, but you never know.

    Get an additional pair of the ones you love, AND a totally new pair after being fitted. You need 2 pairs. Rotating prevents injury, and the more you run the more you will see how some shoes are good for one thing and some for another.

    For example, I have a pair of trail shoes, a pair of clunkier but more supportive shoes for recovery, mild injury, and strictly road, and I have a pair of lighter shoes I prefer for races or when I may have a mix of conditions in one run (trail and road).

    I'm going to lie now and say that those are the only ones I own. Please don't look in my closet.