Recently a number of people have asked me for advice on running sneakers. More specifically they were interested in my thoughts on buying a new pair. When this subject comes up, there is always the invariable question about my thoughts on the benefits of switching to a new brand or model of sneaker. My reply to these questions is always the same.
“Do your present sneakers make your feet hurt when you run, or are they comfortable?”
You may be surprised to discover that most of these people go on to tell me their sneakers are perfectly comfortable, not giving them any foot issues what so ever. It turns out that what they really want is the green light to get a new pair of sneakers. They are victims of sneaker lust, craving a pair that is prettier, or sexier, or the “newest thing”. My advice to these people is always the same:
Never mess with happy feet.
If you have found a particular sneaker that you are comfortable with, hang on to them like grim death. Buy the same model when you wear out your present pair. Keep buying them until the company stops making them, and when they do, call the company to see if they have a newer model that captures the features and feel of the ones you were wearing.
You are one of the lucky ones if you have discovered a model of running sneaker that keeps your feet comfortable. I personally know people who have gone through dozens of brands and models, and still cannot find sneakers that allow them to run comfortably. Therefore, when you do find the right pair, stick with them. Picking for fashion, or just to get the “new thing”, is fine when it comes to other footwear, but in regards to running sneakers, tried and true is the way to go. It doesn’t matter if they are the ugliest sneakers in the history of the world, if they feel good, keep on wearing them.
Believe me when I say I understand the appeal of a sexy new pair of running sneakers, they call to me as well. When this happens, I try to remind myself that the less running hurts, the more fun it is. A new sexy pair of sneakers may be nice, but not nearly as nice as having your feet feel great after a long run. Keeping this in mind has kept my feet happy for many miles.