Thursday, September 23, 2010
I purchased a pair of Saucony ProGrid Guide 3 running shoes on 5/20/10 from Road Runner Sports in Naperville, on sale for $70. The salesperson Sarah S. also convinced me to purchase a pair of Footbalance Custom Insoles (size 46) for $62 on sale. So here is my four month review of those items.
First, I brought my previous running shoes to the store so the salesperson could analyze the tread patterns on the soles and we could talk about how my feet felt in these shoes. Then, a free taped gait analysis was done on a treadmill at the store. The gait analysis was replayed to me where Sarah pointed on that I was a slight overpronator.
I tried on several shoes and tested them on the treadmill. I selected the ProGrid Guide 3 which is a light stability running shoe for overpronators. The insoles were custom molded to my foot at the store.
After four months, the shoes and insoles themselves are structually fine, no complaints. The nice thing about Road Runner Sorts is that if I did have a problem, I can return the shoes within 60 days, even after having worn them outside.
However, I am not convinced a stability shoe, is the right shoe for me, even though I am a slight overpronator. I sometimes feel soreness on the outside middle edge of me feet. I feel this with and without the FootBalance insoles. I had the same problem with my previous shoes, Asics GT-2120, which are also a stability shoe. I do not recall the problem with my shoes prior to the Asics, which were New Balance 1022 & 1023, which are neutral shoes.
I also had some plantar fascia problems while training, even on a treadmill. Plantar fascia is the muscle on the bottom of the foot. I think this may have been due to either overtraining as I was getting back in shape, or the rigidity of the FootBalance insoles.
Regarding the SmartBalance insoles, I have not seen any positive benefit. In theory they sound good and the salesperson raved about them and said she wears them in all her shoes (they are removable so you only need one pair). Even though they are not rock hard, they are fairly rigid, and I am not convinced having something fairly rigid on the bottom of my feet is in my best interest while doing high impact foot activity (running).