I bought myself a new pair of shoes today. My old Nike has worn out and I think it’s throwing me off balance when I run, to such an extent that it’s hurting my feet and ankle.
My weight is on the heavy side, so I always need to get shoes with good cushioning. I didn’t really look into the pronation and stuff. I simply want a pair of shoes that is comfortable when I walk and run.
I did some research online and actually set my eyes on the Saucony Kinvara 5. According to reviews, it’s a neutral shoe with cushioning. It’s also suppose to be wider, good for big footed people like me. And it’s a very nicely designed pair of shoes. Yes, that’s the vain factor.
So, I went to Running Lab at Funan to try out the Kinvara. I took a few steps and decided that it’s not for me. The side of the shoe was basically scratching the arch of my feet. Apparently it’s not wide enough. I was actually quite disappointed…because I like the design. Yes, vain.
I told the salesgirl my problem with the width problem and she recommended me the M890BG4 from New Balance. I was actually apprehensive. The only New Balance shoes I have ever worn were the SAF issued shoes. And quoting a PT Instructor that I trained under : “The New Balance shoes had such thick and hard soles, they simply “bey” (won’t) balance.” I had the same sentiment. I know such a comparison is unfair but the impression is there.
But then again, the folks at Running Lab should be the expert, so I went with her recommendation. And, Wow. I like the shoes. Walking around in it was comfortable. I even tried it on the treadmill they had in the store. It’s good. The shoes felt snugging, the way I like it for running. And it’s light, probably just slightly heavier than a pair of Adidas I had from the Adizero series. In any case, I had a backup plan of selling the pair on eBay or any one of those Selling apps if they were not comfortable enough. But I do not see the need to go about this process. The shoes are extremely comfortable.
The Running Lab girl told me that New Balance actually has options for the widest soles followed by Saucony. Later I found out from another friend that Mizuno and Asics also caters to wide feet. Asics Kayano is nice, but too expensive for casual runners like me. 😛
So, this pair of New Balance is priced at SGD $179. There’s a 15% discount for Citibank credit cards at Running Lab, so it came to about SGD 152, even below my original budget of SGD $159 that I set for the Kinvara. Time for a run!