I've always been a bit of a gadget freak. I love tech as much as anyone. Now that I'm a runner, that has transitioned to a love for shoes. So when I say I have a shoe problem, it means I have a bad habit of buying lots of running shoes. My friend teased that I'm worse than a chick when it comes to this. Its really quite humorous to think that I've worn the same pair of shoes to work for 3 years now. I've only had my every day kick around shoes since November, but the pair I had before that I wore for about 3 years. So how bad is it with running shoes? I own 9 pairs of running shoes. Yes that is right, 9 pairs. I've been running for about 18 months now, so that means I've gotten a pair just about every other month.... Not that I do, but that is just how it averaged out.
Here are 7 pairs of shoes that I own. Not pictured are my original runners, a pair of Brooks Ghost and a back up pair of Vibram Bikilas.
Of the shoes in the photo:
Vibram Bikila - wear once a week for an easy run when its nice out to strengthen feet.
Brooks Adrenaline - Retired since June
Nike Structure - Newly retired and replaced
New Balance Minimus trail - Picked up since I'm doing a couple trail runs this year. I've only worn these once so far on a wet and muddy day.
Brooks Pure Cadence - These are my racing and speedwork shoes. I love them
Mizuno Wave Inspire - Picked these up in November, they are my every day trainers.
Newton Motion - These are brand new. They are to replace the Nike Structures. I wanted to try something new, and hopefully the lugs on the midfoot will help with midfoot striking.
So is having 5 active pairs of shoes too much? They each serve a purpose - strengthening, trail, speed, training, change of pace. I may be shopping again soon. The Mizunos have nearly 300 miles on them which is about when shoes normally start breaking down for me. I'm a heavy, but speedy runner so I tend to be a bit rough on shoes.
Anyone else cycle through multiple pairs of shoes?