If the shoe fits…

…put an insert in it.

Let’s talk about running shoes for the eleventy billionth time. (Previous discussions were had here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Since my three pairs of Brooks Adrenaline 11s (aka Best Shoes Ever) have been retired ((RIP)) I’ve been on a wild freakin’ goose chase trying to find the next best thing.

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Road Runner Sports put me in two pairs of neutral shoes, but after a month-ish of pounding the pavement in them it was obvious I still overpronated and they weren’t working.

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I finished up my Philly training in Adrenaline 12s but … they just didn’t fit the same as the 11s. (And wasn’t a fan of the 13s either) Using a credit from my RRS account I picked up the newly released Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 at the end of 2012. They fit much better than the 8s I had wear-tested at a local running store. However after three months I ran into the same issue I had with the Adrenalines – achy arches.

At that point I had it narrowed down to two options: Brooks Ravenna 4 and Mizuno Wave Creation 14.

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I ran the Austin 10/20 in the Mizunos but was hesitant to continue training in another neutral shoe, so I switched to the Ravennas for Long Branch. No arch pain, but there was dull shin pain and I knew shin splints were just around the corner.

While cleaning out my closet last month I found an old pair of Superfeet I had completely forgotten about since I bought my (twice as expensive) RRS inserts. And then it hit me: I’ve been running without inserts for almost a year. No wonder I was having shoe issues. I put the old pair of Superfeet in the Adrenaline 12s and use them for trail running + hiking. I also picked up a new pair to rotate between the Inspires and Ravennas, which has been working out surprisingly well. Arches and shins are both happy!

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Well that was an easy fix. And much cheaper than looking for yet another pair of running shoes.

Do you use inserts? Have you ever?

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4 Comments

  1. What inserts do you use? I have a pair of pink Superfeet ones that I don’t use that you can have if you want an extra pair.
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  2. Kim
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    I currently don’t have inserts, but prior to my current running shoes, I was using Prokinetic insoles. http://www.prokinetics.com/index.html They are a bit different from traditional inserts in that they lift the toes a smidge instead of the arch. The theory behind them is that most people’s toes drop lower than they should and this causes problems the rest of the way up. I need to buy a new pair, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
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  3. I dont use inserts…. Guess I’m lucky in that dept.
    I noticed your running the Houston Half, so am I! Holla if you want to do a long run. I know that sounds crazy but I think you follow my Instagram so you know I’m not some crazy wacko! Lol….just a mom that loves to run:-)

  4. I have orthotics but those hurt my feet. 🙁

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