After my first run, I noticed I was running faster. Awesome! However, I also noticed they were a little tight on the outer edges of my feet and were even a little cramped in the toe. I thought they just needed to be broken in a bit, so I went on a few more runs. After each run, I couldn’t wait to get my shoes off and let my feet breathe. That’s not a sign of needing to be broken in; that’s a sign that these were the wrong shoes for me. Despite really liking how the shoes looked and that they made me run faster (probably because the faster I ran the sooner I could take them off!), I knew I had to get a different pair.
Luckily, Jack Rabbit has a two-week exchange policy. If you don’t like the shoes, you can come back for a new pair, even if you’ve run in them already.
I journeyed back to the store to try to find another pair. I told the shoe-analyzer that the shoes were feeling too small, so he brought out the same pair of Sauconies in a wide as well as half a size bigger. They still didn’t feel quite right, so he brought out more options. The analyzer I got this time around didn’t seem as knowledgeable as the guy I got my first time around. He just kept bringing out shoes – not telling me what the difference was between each.
After trying on a few more pairs, I ended up with a pair of Asics Gel Cumulus 15s. Ooo ahhh.
I got them in a wide and half a size bigger than the Sauconies. They felt so roomy! Unfortunately, I think I overcompensated for the smallness of the Sauconies. I had TOO much room in the 8.5W Asics. My feet were sliding all over the place during my run. No fun.
So alas, I went back to Jack Rabbit. This time, I got someone a little more helpful. I told him my problem and he was surprised the other guy had given me an 8.5. After trying on a few more pairs, I finally ended up with the same pair of Asics, but in an 8W instead of an 8.5. I went on a few runs with them over the holiday weekend and so far so good! Third time’s a charm I guess!
Did you ever buy a new pair of running shoes only to find out they weren’t the right pair for you? What did you do?