The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

1500 Mile Checkup

I am needing to get another pair of running shoes.  My current pair has served me well for a little over 1,500 miles (~2400 km).  This is longer than recommended (most running folks suggest to get a new pair every 500 miles (~800 km).  I try to wait one full year between pairs, and my current pair is a year old now and they really are pretty worn out.

But there are two different conundrums..... one.... I purposefully wait to try to have my shoes last as long as possible because they are SO VERY DAMN EXPENSIVE.  Last year, my pair of running shoes cost around $120 !!!!!  They *are* thought of as good quality shoes for runners, and as such, I thought it was important enough for me to try to avoid injury, to get what is considered a good brand for running.... so I bit the bullet and paid that outrageous sum.  But, I sure as hell do not want to do it very often.  My work shoes (one black and one brown pair) each cost about $55 dollars and I usually wear them for 5-6 years before getting new ones.  And, truth be told... most of my “knock around shoes”  for when I am not working or running are usually of the “el cheapo” $20-$25 dollar range.

The second conundrum is that (as you may have figured out) I do not really like change very much.  And, so, when I started running and bought my first pair of "real running shoes" (aka... damn expensive shoes)... I have wanted to keep getting the same style as the initial pair worked well.  Well, of course, that was a few years ago.... and stupid shoe companies like to make new models and styles.... and my current shoes have been a discontinued model now last year and this year.  I have been searching for the shoe this year.... and the ONLY pair I can find so far in this discontinued model for my clod-hopper sized feet (size 12) is in a horrendous shade of PURPLE.    So, now I have to weigh the risks and benefits..... do I go with an ugly as sin pair of discontinued shoes that I know will fit and wear well, but I will have to be having garish purple feet for the next year.... or do I stress and fret about trying out the current, newer model (actually two model categories up as the one that replaced my style has also been discontinued this season for a newer version).... and worrying that it will not fit my feet as well and may make running harder... and I will be stuck with them for a whole year?

So, I am not sure what I will do.



Blogger Anvilcloud said...

If you go to a knowledgeable enough place, they should be able to find you a very similar pair. I have been helped in the past by clerks who seemed to know their subject, Yes, they will be darn expensive.

Thursday, 11 July, 2019  
Blogger Pat McDowell said...

Is the purple a reflectorized color, meant to enhance your visibility and safety when running at night? If so, it may be worth embracing the ugliness for the greater good.

Thursday, 11 July, 2019  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I bought my first and second pair at a really well thought of athletic store (one recommended by coaches of the Cross Country teams of the U and of the local high schools). That is where I got the original style.... when I was especially concerned to get advice to avoid injury. When the model I have was discontinued (the shoe company made a new model that seemed quite different to me) I found a site on-line and was able to get a pair of the previous model for this past year. Now, my model of shoe is TWO models old and even on-line there are scant pairs (especially in my large size). The shoe store here in town will suggest I get the two model newer version.... and it MIGHT be ok, but it is quite different than the model I have.

Thursday, 11 July, 2019  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

All of the shoes of this old model do have reflectorized parts of whatever color they are made from. The purple (more of a purple and pink) are, however, rather nauseating. I am presuming that is why they are left over. :)

Thursday, 11 July, 2019  
Blogger BBC said...


Friday, 12 July, 2019  
Blogger Ol'Buzzard said...

My wife and I just ordered a pair each directly from the New Balance website. They have numerous colors and styles.
the Ol'Buzzard

Friday, 12 July, 2019  

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