At first I was a Nike Free lover. I have at least 3 pairs at all times and I just loved them.
I do think in conjunction with reading Chi Running, working with a trainer and using these shoes I was able to transform my form and running overall. But as I put on more miles, I realized my feet started to hurt. I decided I may need a “tougher” shoe and switched to Saucony but stayed with the minimalist concept.
I had these and these . Pretty but not functional for me.
But my foot problems continued to get worse. You see I have VERY narrow, flat and long feet. My arch was really starting to ache and I realized I was battling beginning stage of plantar fasciitis.
Last week I finally bit the bullet and went back to the running store and shared my issues with them. They suggested my current shoe. And they got me in a narrow which it wonderful.
Today I gave the shoes a go. Of course they felt a bit heavier and “clunkier” than I was used to but I am happy to report I had no arch pain.
Some other things I have been doing is stretching my feet, using a warming lotion, and wearing flats more often at work.
I am hopeful and feeling good about these new shoes!