So why would a non-runner like me fork over $155 for a pair of running shoes?
Well, for starters, I saw them in the January issue of Departures Magazine and I was drawn in by the fun styling and popcicle colors. I know, shallow, right?
Then last month I was getting ready to head out to Las Vegas. If you have ever been there you know this is one place that no matter where you go you will be doing A LOT of walking. I thought these little lovelies would be a great thing to take along.
I wasn't familiar with the brand. I looked for them locally and while we were in Vegas but without any luck. I searched for them on-line when we got back and found them on the Newton site in a variety of styles and colors. I read a bit about the shoes and canvased numerous reviews and the more I read the more intrigued I was. Apparently unlike most running shoes on the market that encourage a heel strike gait, these shoes, with their lower heel and amply cushioned ball area are designed for a mid-foot strike.
I didn't realize that a heel strike was detrimental but apparently it is and it can lead to an increased incidence of shin splints. Hmmm. interesting.
This made sense to me and is probably one of the reasons I never liked Nike Shocks.
Like I said, I am not a runner but I do like to walk for exercise. The problem is every Spring when I resume my walking regime I have to start so slowly and gradually increase my distance and pace. It is frustrating because I just want to get up and move but If I kick it up too fast that nasty sharp pain that I am all too familiar with will reappear. The more I read about these shoes the more anxious I was to try them.
They arrived last week and I have to say I am crushing on them big time. They took a bit of getting used to. The extra cushioning on the ball of the foot felt somewhat strange but not in a bad way.
A trip to NYC is in my near future and I am thinking of ditching the Sex in the City fab shoes look for this turquoise, yellow, and orange sporty style. I could pair them with a short skirt from Lucy or Athleta and work the athletic vibe.
Is that too Midwest of me?
I'll look like a tourist won't I ?
C'est la vie. I am what I am.
I know how girly this all sounds and that all the real runners out there are rolling their eyes by this point but hey,I do intend to wear these shoes for some serious fitness walking. It's just that for some of us shopping is a true endurance sport too.
Besides I can still rock the heels at night.
Newton running shoes, this is what I love today.