scary shoe shop report

scary shoe shop report

Well after your encouragements I decided to drop into my local proper running shop today. When I arrived the shop was empty, so I told the assistant that I was looking for shoes to train up to HM distance. Also explained I use insoles from the podiatrist.

On that basis, she suggested I try on some neutral shoes, that wouldn't interfere with the insoles, and that the priority should be comfort and fit and that we should leave any gait-correction to the insoles. Sounded plausible to me, so she disappeared and came back with 2 pairs - one Saucony and one New Balance - both in the sale, and got me to try them on with my insoles. Although I prefered the look of the NB, the Saucony felt better on my feet (felt slightly more supportive) so I bought them. There was no hard sell. She did ask if I needed socks but when I said not today thanks she didn't push it.

All in all a very pleasant experience and I will no doubt be back. The shoes cost 112Euros (about 85pounds) in the sale. She said I should expect to get around 800 to 1000 km out of them and to go back if I have any trouble.


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14 Replies

  • They are beautiful! I see from your former post that you ran in Decathlon's own brand before - Kiprun? That's what I wear for the moment, and I'm trying to find some Mizunos in the sales but no luck so far...

    I live in France too - they look at me like I'm a circus freak because Southern French girls don't wear size 44... :(

  • This is where I get mine Mizunos from, I don't know though if they will deliver to France. I got 2 pairs for £130.

  • Hi Curly! How's tricks? (sorry to hijack the thread...). Where did you get your Mizunos? I can't find any I like in the sales..

  • Whoops! I added a link but it's got lost...

    Barrington Sports

  • Hi mfamilias. I was very happy with my kipruns but apparently they are being discontinued. I went to a shop called Terre de Running which seems to be a smallish chain and they were very nice. Their shoes weren't displayed in separate men's and women's sections - they were just shoes.

  • I'm on my second pair of Kipruns, but I'd like to try something different now. I'll see if I can track down a Terre de Running nearby. It'd be nice not to be looked at like I'm an alien :D

  • Sounds like the assistant gave you great advice - she was absolutely correct to advise neutral shoes with respect to your insoles. I have custom-made orthotics and the podiatrist told me I should get neutral shoes for exactly the same reasons that your shop assistant outlined.

    Congrats and happy running!


  • Those are gorgeous, and a bargain if you ask me. Sounds like good advice too. xx

  • Love 'em ! Love the colours , they look really really good !

    Happy Running ! :-) xxx

  • Lovely colour!!

  • Lovely lovely shoes ❤️❤️

  • #shoeenvy

  • They're really similar to mine (except mine are green where yours are pink).

    I love mine. They've been good to me. I think I've done about 800 km in them. I checked the soles last week and there are no visible signs of wear so I think they should be good for a while yet.

    Wishing you many kms of happy running in yours :)

  • Oh lovely colour. I like blue.

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