I often forget how awesome quality shoes feel until I go out and buy a pair. And the last time I did that was five years ago. Thankfully, Hubs, the Guys, and my in laws all went in and got me a gift certificate to our local running store so Mama could get a new pair of shoes for her birthday. Heck yeah!
The process was so easy and painless. First, I stood on a machine that analyzed where I put my weight. I put pressure on my heels and the ball of my foot, slightly off center. Then the sales clerk looked up my previous shoes. He had me take of my shoes, roll up my jeans past my ankles, and walk back and forth in front of him.
After that, he picked out a pair of shoes and had me try them on, then walk with them. He poked and prodded at them, decided we needed to go up a half size because the toes were a little snug. Another pair of shoes. More walking. More poking and prodding.
I liked the way they felt so he had me run on a treadmill (oops, sorry about the lack of sports bra) for a minute so he could analyze my gait in the shoes. He showed me the video, which was awesome. I am an overpronator, which I knew and which is quite common. With the new shoes on I got to see how the overpronation was corrected, although still present since some overpronation is normal.
And best part, the shoes I picked out and loved were on sale so I still have some money leftover to buy other fun running stuff.
I ended up with the Saucony Guide 7.
So you know I had to take them our for a test run as soon as I could, right?