I've got new running shoes!
They're Adidas Supernova Glide 4's and honestly they float in mid-air:
They have metallic silver stripes that are definitely going to make me run faster:
And I love their mod space age details, which remind me of the 60's Couregges/Cardin/Rabanne era in fashion that I love:
Now let's hope they make my little knee niggle fade away to nothing...
I purchased them from Shoe Clinic in Ponsonby after some great service there. Soon after I entered the store I was greeted and when I indicated I needed new running shoes the salesperson offered to assess my feet. I read online that all the staff at Shoe Clinic are trained by a podiatrist in these things, so I agreed. While barefoot, he assessed my stance on both feet, then each foot singly. Next he had a look at my feet and checked the movement of my big toe. Then he asked me to err, have a go on the treadmill.
I have never been on a treadmill before and it is totally weird, but I suppose you would get used to it! He turned the speed up slowly at first, but then it got a bit too fast and I thought I my feet were going to spin out from behind me hehe, but he is obviously used to newbies like me and adjusted the speed back down again before I had time to face plant into the screen!
On the video analysis, all I could see was how huge my rear end looked from that angle! I tried to ignore that and concentrate more on what he was saying about my feet - which was that my gait is nice and neutral and I have strong arches with no collapsing going on. Stuff I like to hear.
He bought out the Supernova's and also a pair of New Balance shoes. I had another go on the treadmill while wearing each pair of shoes, and checking the video of each and he thought everything looked good. The New Balance shoes felt sort of hard and artificial on my feet, and slipping on the Supernova's afterwards felt perfect and really similar to my existing pair which have served me well, so my choice was made. My existing shoes are Adidas Response 20, and I did have Supernova's a few years ago when I used to run so I must be an Adidas girl. Plus Kate has a pair, obviously I now need a pair of red ones.
I'd definitely return to Shoe Clinic to buy my shoes again as I felt I was in the hands of professionals. There is a 30 day return policy and a loyalty program of $50 off after $500 spent. With lots of other good quality running gear and accessories instore that you know, I really need, that target won't take long to reach and this shop could even be a slightly dangerous-to-the-budget discovery, located slightly too-close-to-home.
And before you start thinking I work there or something and I'm doing a sales pitch - I don't. But if their staff discount is good then I might just look into it!
What is your current running shoe and when did you last replace them?
(If your answer is longer than 6 months, log off immediately and proceed to your nearest running shoe store!)
Do you stick to the same shoe brand year after year?
Also - what was your first time on a treadmill like?