Retiring old Brooks shoes
February 14, 2009
It’s time to retire my old Brooks running shoes. While they’ve been great I’ve probably done too many miles in them and need to find a replacement. They’re a hefty, older style motion control shoe and I was fitted by the someone watching me run down the road to asses my gait! They were fairly accurate in their assessment though and the Brooks served me well when I had weak muscles and a sloppy running style (it’s still sloppy but not as bad).
At one point I was going to ditch the Brooks motion control shoe and switch to a neutral shoe with some custom orthotics. I had the orthotics made and wore them for a while in my regular shoes but just couldn’t get used to them. I ended up sticking with the Brooks and working on strengthening exercises and now I can go for miles without any plantar fasciitis and only a touch of ITB pain. Unfortunately these have now been replaced by achilles tendinitis so I’ve got something else fix. I don’t think it had anything to do with the shoes though.
The grip on the Brooks has been good and I’ve only fallen a couple of times on slimy mud covering concrete. They’ve be great on wet pavements and can even cope with mud if your careful. It takes quite a deep puddle or 30 minutes sloshing through mud before my feet start to get wet as the upper is not heavily ventilated. This makes them a bit warmer which is nice during winter but not so good in a hot summer. Although Brooks are known for being fairly wide I’ve got quite narrow feet but they fit me really well. I’ll definitely be trying on Brooks today when I look for a replacement, although hopefully I’ll need a bit less motion control.