New But The Same

Monday afternoon I made a quick dash to the mall

I try to never set foot in the mall on the weekends and especially not during football season.  It’s just extra crowded.  Women spending money in droves while their men are watching the game, apparently.

But Monday afternoon duty called because I needed to replace my running shoes.

I purchased a pair of  Nike Vomero 6 in blue

The last time I replaced my running shoes was just a few months ago and I got Nike Vomero 6, in red

MY OTHER RECIPES

New shoes, but exactly the same, other than the color.

And before that, new but the same, other than the color.

I’m pretty partial to Vomeros the past 3 years or so.

The Nike Store employee who helped me today, and who’s helped me previously and she seems very knowledgeable said that the Vomeros are made for daily running use of up t0 6 months before they “need” to be replaced.

I questioned her and said are you sure? What if you’re a high mileage runner (I do not consider myself to be high mileage) but she said it doesn’t matter.

She said of all their running shoes, Vomeros are built for durability and are the longest-lasting running shoe they sell.  Her words, not mine.

Good to know, but I swear my knees, feet, arches, ankles, hips, even lower back just feel it more when my shoes are older and have lost their fresh-shiny-new springy and cushy quality.

I’d rather replace them every 4 months or so and prevent injury and nip those little aches and pains in the bud before they even start or at the very first sign.

Ironically I just looked at the publish date on my last Got New Shoes Post and it was May 9.  Almost 4 months to the day.  I swear, my bones can tell!

Same with going to the dentist.  Every 4 months, not 6, for me.

I picked up another pair of these socks

Love the cushioning at the toe and heel

I’m all about The Squish

And bought a pair of these Nike ProCombat Tight Capris

It’s getting too chilly for shorts and I don’t have any really snug pants, tights, or capris that aren’t totally beat up or less than about 7 years old so figured I’d give these a try


And if they don’t work out, I saved my receipt I have no problem taking them back and returning them.  Or returning anything for that matter.

After one run in them, I can say, I liked them a lot!  We shall see how I like them after a month of running in them.

On my way back to my car after leaving the Nike Store, I took a quick stroll through Nordstrom

Gotta love the Savvy Department

Then I saw this little bargain table <–sure…And wished that I was buying these shoes rather than my Nikes

My Nikes are much more practical but a girl can dream!

Hungry and exhausted from all that shopping (kidding, I could shop for 10 hours straight and not get tired!) but I was feeling snacky and decided on a Magic Eight Bar

Butterscotch chips + chocolate chips + sweetened condensed milk + graham cracker crust = The Four Food Groups

Questions:

1. How often do you replace your running or workout shoes?  

As I said, every 4 months or so.  I know that may seem excessive to some people but for me, it’s what my joints seem to prefer.

I’ve read everything from every 300-500 miles to every 4-6 months with running shoes but I don’t think it’s an exact science.  Let your body be your guide.

And if you’re one of those lucky people who’s been sporting the same shoes since 1997 and they still work for you, Great!  Enjoy all that money you’ve saved!

2. Are you brand loyal with your shoes?  Or workout wear/athletic apparel ?  Or are you adventurous and will you give new things a try?

With running shoes, I am a tried-and-true girl.  I know what works for my skis. i.e. my long, thin feet so I stick with Nikes because they fit me well.

They fit me better than any other brand and so I’ve been brand loyal to them for…decades!

My feet are a size 12 women’s and many shoe makers don’t go up to a women’s 12 or if they do, they are a hair too small and there are never any size 13’s!

So I am forced into the men’s shoes and I need them to be as narrow as possible and Nikes, as a brand, seem to run narrow across the board.

Scott has wide feet and can never wear Nikes and is more of New Balance guy.

I have talked about some of the yoga clothes I love in my Yoga FAQ’s post and that I’m brand loyal to, i.e. Be Present and also Champion Sports Bras from Target, $16.99.  Love em.

P.S. Thanks for the Dark Chocolate Talk on my last post.  Some major Chocolate fiends in the house!

And for the flood of entries with the $50 Whole Foods Gift Card GiveawayKeep ’em coming!

58 comments on “New But The Same”

  1. I’ve been pretty loyal to mizuno for the past couple of years and hey seem to work well for me. I just bought a really minimal mizuno shoe, but I’ve cut way down on running… as in I don’t run at all anymore. So they should last me much longer than my last pair I used for marathon training. But I stuck to the every 500 miles rule for my previous pairs just as a ball park.

  2. I change mine every six months or so too. I don’t run everyday (more like 3 times a week, with one longer run during the weekends) but like you, I listen to my body and get new running shoes when I start feeling some pain. Very important, since I have plantar fasciitis and I’m prone to shin splints :p

    • I have plantar fascitis too. It comes, and goes. Sometimes I can go for a year and not have any issues..then…bam. It hits. Nothing to reall “do” about it…other than just…hope it goes away. Same with shin splits. I think all the sports I played as a kid, volleyball, basketball, track, etc set me up for a lifetime of aches and pains!

  3. Wow! It looks like you are totally set! I have to tell you, I have had a pair of runners from Mountain Equipment Co-op for FOUR YEARS!! They only just fell apart. They were amazing and I think I may go back to get my next pair from them for sure.

  4. Oh I feel like I don’t even have to go the the mall because I can window shop on your blog!

  5. I have several pairs of the Nike Body Combat capris! LOOOOVE them! Only caveat: they can sometimes be a wee bit sheer so do a bend-over check in the mirror;) As for shoes, I used to be super brand loyal but not anymore. I have lots of fave athletic shoes (more than any girl should rightly own, frankly…) and I have specific uses for each one.

  6. Generally, I am a replace the shoes 2x a year girl.

    But during training for my 2nd half marathon, I got injured. And I stopped running for 9 months. I have started up again, but I can’t wear regular running shoes. I wear Vibram 5 fingers. It’s the only way I can run without knee and hip pain.

    Well, the cushion doesn’t wear out on those. ;-) So we’ll see how long they last. They are 3 months old now.

  7. I replace my shoes when they feel like they need to be replaced too. Mine usually last a year or so, which should tell you how often I run. I lift weights and ride the bike with them. So they last longer. But I’m an Asics girls and have been for the last 10 years or so.

  8. I want those gold shoes :)

    I’m bad about replacing my shoes. I use running shoes only, but for walking and fitness workouts. They are the only type of shoe that works for me. I’m a high mileage walker and do things like plyometric twice a week, but only swap out shoes maybe once a year.

    Asics Gel Kayano only. I have a normal forefoot, but narrow heel. It is the only brand that fits without sliding off or scrunching my tootsies!

  9. NIKE all the way for me! I have a relative that works for them so its all I know haha! When I used to run a lot I replaced my shoes every 4 months or so but I have such a ridiculous amount of Nikes that I always have a spare pair.

  10. Jimmy Choo!!! Ahem, where was I?

    Oh, I have the simplest solution to replacing running shoes — I don’t run! Well, I sprint, but jogging always does a number on my lower back so I prefer an elliptical for steadier state stuff. I’ve had a pair of sneakers for over a year but they are starting to need replacing. I got them for free so I can’t complain, but I can’t really recommend them as they were pretty average (K-Swiss).

    For my next shoe, I got my eye on Merrells. I like their barefoot shoes for all-around stuff. Just me though!

  11. Eek. Well you’re reminding me that I need to go get some new shoes. I’ve gotten the same pair of shoes for the past 4 years too. Same shoe each time. Thank goodness each new version is a different color. Ha! Oh… Fashion Valley and Nordstrom how I miss them. :) Some day….

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  13. I just replaced my Nike shoes with Asics a few months ago. I’ve been suffering from mild hip pain since last November after running. I thought it was the Nike’s getting worn out since I had them 18 months. I bought Asics for a change up. That plan didn’t work. Still suffered hip pain for a couple of days after running.

    I decided to implement strenght training on my hip inductors. After 30 days I am pain free when I run. I guess my hip muscles were a bit weak and needed a boost.

  14. I do 90% of my workouts on machines that are no-impact so I don’t replace my shoes that often. In fact I replace them so rarely that I never know what kind they are! I couldn’t be brand loyal if I wanted to, because I have no idea what kinds I’ve owned, let alone the kind I currently own.

  15. I replace my running shoes about once every two years (I do very little running). I try whichever brand feels comfortable when I am in the store.

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