I'm sure y'all get the same scenario thrown at you: "ask Ryan about running shoes...he's a runner."
Just cuz I run "a little" doesn't mean I know everything about running or running equipment, ie: shoes.
Three years with the Kswiss team really spoiled me, "oh look a scuff on my shoes...I think I'll open a new pair today." Plus, it really dumbed down my running shoe technical knowledge because I was not investing thought, or $, on new shoes every six weeks.
When that deal was done I went back to wearing Newtons. It was sexy. Back to flash colors, great ventilation, light, leading edge of running innovation; sadly they keep aggravating a nerve/neuroma on my 4th metatarsal making it nearly impossible to continue running. I had a lump the size of a golf ball on my foot just before Challenge Roth that had me in the "day to day" category. I love ya Newtons, but I just can't do it anymore.
Now comes the problem. One would think living in Italy, the "fashion" capital of the world, I would be inundated with footwear options. Yes the Italians run, quite quickly in fact; but, it seems, they all run in Adidas and the stores don't carry size 15, or 50 in euro.
I have used the Zappos' option where I order $700 worth of different shoes all in the same size and then return $550 of shoes a week later (thanks for free shipping to FPO address btw Zappos). That yielded me using Saucony Kinvara 3... me likey!! they are light, padded, and fast. Good price too! Liking the Kinvara 3's, I found some markdown Kinvara 2's for a price to not be missed. Total Shit! What a difference between two models of shoe. Kinvara 2 = shit, Kinvara 3 is a great shoe with some durability issues compared to coming off over 500miles per pair in Newtons.
Now I've just tried the Asics Gel DS Trainer 18.
Up next: My favorite treadmill runs