Instead of, I hasten to add, not as well as! I posted the other week about beautiful new shoes: two pairs of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16s. They were gorgeous... and they sat in the box, and I put them on, and thought about them, and took them off, and put them back in the box, and went for runs in my GTS 15s, and thought some more, and tried them on again... and took them back to the shop.
I went back to the shop in my 15s which I am fairly sure are too big, because they rub on the toes - I reckon this is because my feet slide around going downhill - but they are nice and wide. The 16s felt narrower, and, being a bit geeky sometimes, I also took in the two pieces of string I'd used to measure the uppers across the toe box on the 15s and the 16s . There was almost half an inch difference. Officially, they were both the same fitting - not a wide fitting, or anything.
I wanted to be measured in the 16s again by another person to see if they thought they would be okay. Of course, what happened was that they said, 'What do you think?' which was the problem in the first place! However, fortunately, someone else overheard me say, 'They feel a bit tight' and said, 'We do have the wide fitting in those.' I slipped my foot in and said, 'Bliss!' Hobbit-foot was happy
They suggested I did a dreadmill run in them first because I could take them back if they weren't right. I did this last week - I was chuffed because it was the first dreadmill run where I've managed to run without holding on - but oh my goodness THE BOREDOM! I managed 3k but that was it. It felt like about 8k
The shoes felt fine so today I took them outside for their inaugural run. It was sunny and warm and we covered 6k. I have happy hobbit feet