This is part two of finding the perfect fit! In my last blog entry, I covered Nike’s latest running shoe offerings. This week, I get to try three other shoes from three different shoe brands.
For those who are just joining us this week, here’s a quick recap of the basics of the perfect fit:
1. Length and width of the foot. Make sure to put an inch to or an inch and half allowance as the running shoe on a static position is stretch and curled up on an active state and size is more important on the active state which make it smaller when its moving. In short, buy an upsize . When in doubt ,buy a bigger size. Remember the shoe must fit you not the other way around. Advancement in shoe technology made “break in stage” obsolete when is fits now it will fit tomorrow.
2. Matching foot type and shoe type. To start this, you must know what active foot type you belong . They come in threes: you’re either a neutral, which means 50% of your foot pronates inward—neutral arches. Overpronators are those with over 50% of the pronation tilting inwards; these are people with low-to-flat arches. Lastly, underpronators are those who have less than 50% pronation, or those with high arches.
3. Matching skill and activity level to shoe technology. This is like coffee; years ago, it can either be black, with milk, or with sugar. Now, like with coffee, we now have a wide range to choose from when it comes to shoes: from training to racing trail; to road and barefoot; forefoot runners, midfoot runners, and heel strikers. Every imaginable terrain and technique each have a corresponding shoe with the technology to match, claiming to maximize your physiology and technique.
This week, I talk about Mizuno’s Sayonara 2, a shoe from a Japanese sports brand known for serious performance. From the West, we have Saucony, a well-established American running brand and a relative newcomer, Skechers, is also gaining momentum in the running market with its GoRun 4.
Mizuno Sayonara 2
It’s a highly engineered shoe with seamless design. The shoe is low to the ground, making for a more responsive run, and the weight makes for faster turnover. You will be surprised with the natural movement of the shoe, and how it feels so stable even for its minimalist design and weight. It’s perfect for more experienced runners looking for a serious race and/or training shoe.
Saucony ISO Triumph
The ISO Triumph is the highest of Saucony’s neutral trainers, with its PWRGRID+ making for the plushest ride and ISO fit creating a hugging feel on the foot. This shoe is the plushest shoe I ever tried; it just cradles your foot from strike to recovery. The ISO fit allows for a sock-like feel of the upper part of the shoe. It’s perfect for longer races and people who want a softer ride.
Skechers GoRun 4
The GoRun 4’s midfoot strike zone promotes natural running. This shoe is indeed light and cushy, as what is being promoted is its technology—which is smart in a sense that it gives the right amount of cushioning and feedback you get from striking the ground. The GoRun 4 is perfect for someone with good running technique and wants a fast trainer for 21k to 42k.
Again, always go for the side of comfort. If it feels good when you first try it, it will feel good when you’re running it. The modern running shoes don’t go through a break-in stage where it needs time to mold and set to your foot. With modern design and materials, virtually all shoes are good to go straight from the box—as long as the specifications and design is fit for your foot type and running style. So the trick is to know your foot and your running style. From there, finding the perfect fit would not be too hard.
A natural adventurer and pioneer, Patrick aside being a level 2 International Triathlon Union coach have been in the endurance industry since 2003 through various facets from coaching, events management and currently the editor in chief of multisport. founder of Fondo Manila a cycling tour company and Jumpstart a sports and health provider.