An important event in my plodding history. The running shoes that carried me through C25K and almost 50 parkruns, between which were numerous runs that masqueraded as training, have to be replaced (I'm not sure why, other than the km that they have covered). I like the toe hole. It's personal proof that I wore them.
I have gathered that buying new shoes involves things like gait analysis and is a great occasion. So when I went to the runner's shop that was highly recommended I was disappointed to find it was like buying shoes from a shoe shop. 'Plenty of toe room in these, walk around and see how you like them'. I left with a pair of Mizuno Wave Legend 4s, very lurid. Tried wearing them around the house for some time and found them comfortable. Did a few interval plods on asphalt in the park and it seemed the soles were thinner and there was less resilience than with my now old New Balance shoes. The knees were not sure about them and protested a bit - though they felt reasonably content with this brief trial after a night's sleep.
The question is: how can you be sure that shoes are going to be OK? At present, they could be taken back to the shop, on a suspicion that they might possibly turn out to be unsatisfactory, but they won't be returnable after a few parkruns. How do you judge a pair of shoes?