Having hijacked my mother's hiking trainers for the past few weeks, I promised myself if I made it to week four I'd treat myself to a pair of running shoes of my own. However, now we're closer to the time, I'm struggleing to decide exactly what I need to buy.
I've only got a modest budget (of up to around the 35-40 pounds mark), so I'm after a pair of beginners shoes (if they even make them) that will last me until I can warrant going getting a gait analysis plus solid pair nearer the new year. However, this is where my problems start!
As a note, please excuse the non-technical language, before even glancing online I presumed most trainers were created equal and hadn't even spared a moment to think about all the different types of tread, padding plus breathability!
Now, I've been looking at the Asics's patriot trainers, which are generally advertised (or as far as I've seen) as a good all round shoe for beginners. The only problem is that going to have a look at them yesterday (although they are lovely, and felt good on my feet) they don't have the gel-inserty bit in the middle of the shoe like for instance the Asic's women's gel 1150 have, or a few of the cheaper Karrimor running shoes have. What exact difference will this make?
Having a quick word with the sports direct sales lady didn't do me much good, as she was in a rush (and I was a bit flustered by the whole affair really- being surrounded by really skinny sales assistants), so I've really not been able to figure out exactly what I need to be looking for. She just told me to look for something breathable, and gave me a funny look when I tried to ask questions.
Honestly, I'm even more confused now from when I started. I hadn't realised shopping for trainers could be quite this complicated!
If it helps, I'm currently on week three (will be moving to four this saturday), and I run most days now- I do a slightly different routine where I run two days on a trot and then have a day off as oppose to the normal run-day off-run affair, so they'll be used slightly more than three times a week. I mainly run on a mixture of tarmac plus grass (around a playing field- so not really off-road), and I also have just started taking up skipping on my days off. So I'd like to be able to skip in these trainers as well as run. I'm not overly bothered by the colour, although I will be running later on this year in the mud no doubt, so off-white would be preferred (although not essential by any means as 99.9% of the trainers I've looked at so far are white).
Does anyone have any suggestions for what brands/types/things to avoid/things to go for I should be looking for? Thank you in advance, the more I look into this the more confused I'm becomming by the whole affair! Who knew buying trainers could be this complicated.
Here's a few links to the ones I've looked at so far:
(Sorry, I wasn't sure if I could include links or not, if not please remove them! Wasn't 100% sure of the rules of this community!)