Have you seen these?! Adidas unveiled their new “springblade” running shoes this week and I’m kind of dying to try* them. From my highly (non)scientific analysis, they seem to be based on the same principle behind the carbon fiber “blade” prosthetics used by Oscar Pistorious in the Olympics. And I remember a big hullabaloo at the time about how they made him “inhumanly” fast which is why I totally want to try these shoes. Even though Oscar Pistorious is a total d-bag and these are made out of plastic and… oh don’t rain on my parade. They’re kinda pretty in a weird, funky way, no? Sort of like a cross between track spikes, those Kangaroo bouncy shoes and those little plastic doohickeys we used in the 80’s to make hook rugs. LOVE. (Both the shoes and the rugs. I was seriously into hooking – of the rug variety – as a kid.)
Fitness has so many rules that it is practically its own religion. Don’t believe me? Try and talk a triathlete out of their long ride/run/swim on Sundays. You might as well be stealing from the offerings plate. But it’s hard not to break a rule sometimes and I’m a rebel rule breaker! (Lie. I’m a total rules follower. Always have been, always will be.) Yet some of the worst fitness offenses I commit are related to one of the biggest fitness commandments – How to properly purchase and wear athletic shoes. Forgive me readers, for I have sinned.
Rules For Buying Fitness Shoes (And How I Break All Of Them)
Rule 1: Always buy a shoe based on function, not looks.
Confession: I buy shoes because they’re pretty. There, I said it. Feel free to judge. I used to wear these really ugly shiny white athletic shoes because they got the highest ratings for the activities I did. And then I got tired of being all party on top and business on bottom (wow, that came out badly). Now I look for style first and hope they will be halfway related to what I need them for. True story: I was thisclose to buying a pair of golf shoes even though I’ve golfed exactly once in my whole life because they were just that cute.
Rule 2: Use them for their intended purpose and nothing else.
Confession: I used to have shox specifically for kickboxing, cross-trainers for boot camps, dance shoes for Zumba/Hip Hop and runners for, well, running, duh. But it cramped my style since a) unless I only want to wear silver, pink and black when I run then I have to mix it up and b) Jelly Bean loveLOVEloves to try on shoes which means that it’s a crapshoot if I can find two that match each other much less match the workout. So yeah, I end up with a lot of running shoes (I’m still pretty loyal to my Unicorn Vomit Asics! Because like Lisa Frank proved, everything goes with unicorn vom.) I run in them. I also kickbox, lift weights, hike outdoors and circuit train in them. And they were awesome in every single activity. No shin splints, no black toenails, no arch cramps, no bizarre hotfoot. I don’t get this lucky all the time though – I have some pretty shoes that ended up not being good for anything except weight lifting *cough*Puma*cough*.
Rule 3: Buy new shoes every 3 months or XXX miles
Confession: I finally find a pair of super cute shoes that are magnificent at everything I put them through? I’m gonna wear them until they fall in tatters off my feet. (Or until they come out with new colors – look, shiny!) Seriously though, I’ve “outworn” all my shoes – some to the point they were holey (holy?) and destroyed – and I’ve never had anything bad happen to me or my feet or knees. Maybe I’m tempting fate by saying this but I think you can wear your shoes a lot longer than the salespeople/magazines/manufacturers say you can.
Rule 4: You get what you pay for
Confession: I buy a lot of shoes on clearance. Off websites even. (Oh the shame! The horror!) Usually shoes go on clearance because of lame things like they are last year’s colors or whatever and they work awesome. (Of course sometimes they go on clearance because they suck.) But I’ve worn top-end scientifically engineered sneaks and 10$ Converse knockoffs and everything in between and for the most part, they’ve all been basically fine.
What’s your shoe buying philosophy? Anyone else have any fitness shoe confessions? The new Adidas springblades: super cool and can’t wait to try them or over-engineered mess??
(*Note: I have no relationship with Adidas and am not being compensated in any way for this post. I didn’t get free shoes although if Adidas would like to rectify that situation I will certainly not turn them down! Ahem.)