I don’t know about you, but for me buying new running shoes is an exciting thing. I can remember as a kid loving to go to the store and search for just the right look and finding the shoe that I really wanted and then trying to convince my parents to spend the money on them. I always seemed to pick out the ones that where the most expensive. Somehow that hasn’t changed much over the years when it comes to me and shoes.
My feet are apparently susceptible to a few different lingering problems if I don’t wear proper shoes. Going to the store and picking out a cool looking pair of shoes just isn’t really an option for me anymore. Unfortunately going to the store and looking for the shoe that is on sale isn’t necessarily an option either. My feet have specific needs and those usually come with some added expense. I haven’t picked out a pair of shoes based on style or colors in probably 3 years. Choices are based purely on what shoe has the fit and support that I need and has the best price. My current shoes are Asics Gel Nimbus. The store I was at had several cool looking Gel Nimbus options available at around $140.00, but they had one ugly (in my opinion) pair of the previous years version for around $70.00. So for the last 6 months of training and two half marathons I have worn some ugly Asics Gel Nimbus.
I say all of that to point out the fact the for many runners shoe buying is an important decision that can depend on the family budget. I am wanting to start doing more trail running so I want a good pair of trail running shoes. I have been doing some research and will over the next couple months hopefully find a deal on a pair and get me some. You can run trails without trail shoes. You can run on the road in trail shoes. What you need to keep in mind though is that there is a difference in the shoes and if you are going to be doing a significant amount of both types of running you may really want to consider buying a shoe for each.
This article explains some of the difference of a trail shoe and why you may want to consider making the purchase.