Last weekend, I headed back to Ultramax Sports for the runner’s equivalent of a six-month check up. As I’ve mentioned in a few recent posts, my hip and IT band have been bothering me more and more on my runs. And, while I haven’t been as faithful with those strengthening exercises and stretches I know I should be doing, I had an inkling the problem was something else–my shoes. And I believe I was right.
Since going through the Gaitology analysis at Ultramax last September, I’ve been running in a pair of purple PureFlows.
I’ve really loved going into a lightweight shoe. With a lesser drop than your standard running shoe, I feel like the PureFlow helped me to better my stride and my form as a runner. I didn’t suffer from IT band, Achilles, or shin pain in these shoes (until the end of their life). However, I would say I was only 80% happy with these shoes. The missing 20% came down to the inside arch of my foot. Although I technically have a neutral arch, my foot is a little on the wider side, and my inner arch is a little bit high. The PureFlows, with their minimalist trend, lacked support in that area–and I really needed it. I knew that, when I went looking for shoes this time around, I’d be looking for something a little bit different.
I explained my issue with the PureFlows to the sales associate using a lot of technical terms, like “This part is kinda stretchy” and “See how my foot hangs over?” and “I dunno, maybe I should try SAH-coh-nee shoes? SOW-coh-nee?” She brought some out for me to try, including the PureCadence.
According to the Brooks website, the PureCadence “delivers more support through smart, streamlined features such as a wider Nav Band that’s locked in to the medial strike pod.” As soon as I tried the shoe on, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. That inner-arch area felt instantly more supported. I was so excited to find a shoe that solved that issue, that I was more than willing to lay down $120 for a pair.
I’m happy to report that I’ve run in these shoes four times now and have had zero hip pain or IT band pain. Sure, I’m going to keep stretching. But mostly, I’m going to thank the Shoe Gods for helping me get on the right foot. Pun intended.
What are you running in these days?