Shoes are one of the most ‘complicated’ things about running – what’s supposed to be a simple sport! Rebecca from I Think I will Run Today posted asking for help. Here are my tips:
1. If you liked either of the shoes you wore before, you could buy them online for cheaper than in a brick & mortar store. I search on google and a few other spots, and have bought from Sierra Trading Post and Holabird Sports for their deals. I only buy online for shoes I know I want, and once a year I go into a brick & mortar running store to get re-fit (and support my local businesses).
2. If you do buy at a brick & mortar store, you should not be afraid to take advantage of their return policy. Most places will let you return them within 30 days, even if they have been worn. If the running store doesn’t offer that, don’t buy from them. (What happens with those shoes: they sell them at running expo’s! Check out Road Runner Sports at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo and you’ll see their huge tables of slightly worn shoes at huge discounts).
3. When buying at a brick & mortar, go to the place you feel the most comfortable at. I would probably buy my next set of running shoes from RoadRunner Sports if I had to buy again right now.