Shoe Porn

Like all little girls I like shoes. All of them, red ones, blue ones, NEON ones. However being a runner it gives you a licence to go COMPLETELY BATSHIT CRAZY for shoes.

I mean some of you guys have more photos of trainers on your Facebook than your kids.

And don’t get me started on you bloggers!

Okay Okay, I’ll stop pointing the finger. Especially since my latest pair of Brooks cost about the same as my pre-owned Xbox 360……I only have one Xbox. Can’t say the same about the trainers.

So why do we get so obsessed with this one bit of kit?

The obvious answer is that a good shoe will improve your performance. Not only will it help correct biomechanical issues but prevent uncomfortable blistering and black toenails.

Unfortunately knowing which is the right pair is problematic unless you get your gait measured. NEWBIES, this is not just a weird running thing, find a shop and get it done asap.

I was happily strutting round in neutral trainers for two years because they were a ‘pretty colour’ and I thought they were comfy. I had no idea I my ankles were practically at a 90 degree angle.

Thanks to the very nice guy at Sweatshop I was introduced to stability trainers and now I no longer have a permanent callous on the inside of my foot.

But I think the shoe issue is more than practicality.

Is it down to fashion?  I’m not so sure. When did you last see a picture of wicking on Facebook? The clothes don’t get a look in. We run with fuel belts, head torches, compression socks, spikes and smelling of bug spray. As a rule, the further you get into this sport, the less you care what you look like…..and the more trainers you own. I think us runners have a bit more about us than that.

Our trainers are our weapons on the road, our supportive friends who are always there for us whenever we need them. In our war we want the best, we want our equipment to reflect our personality, and we hold them close because in our battles they are the only one that can accompany us.

Carry on shoe porn, carry on.

My Personal Shoe Porn

My Personal Shoe Porn

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