Hey ya’ll! I usually try to keep products reviews to a minimum, but this one is a must. *Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I purchased these shoes on my own, but wanted to share my thoughts with you all. All opinions are my own.
Humans are creatures of habit, but runners are in an entirely different category. Once we find something that works, we tend to stick to it. We are often afraid that changing any part of our routine will affect our performance.
Shoes are the worst part of this. Once we find a brand and model of shoes that we like we only run in those shoes and often freak out at the thought of having to run in something else. Often when the manufacturer updates the model, we run out and buy all the shoes in the current model we like because we are so worried that we won’t like the update.
We often get so attached to specific models that we go through denial when they stop working for us. This happened to me and I felt like I was breaking up with a brand I loved and a model that helped me run all three marathons. Here’s the reality though…things change. People change, the world changes and most importantly our bodies change.
I told ya’ll a little bit about my journey and my experience with a chiropractor, but now it’s time to talk about my new sneakers. I finally got fitted for shoes and realized that a different style of shoe is what I needed to feel better. New shoes aren’t the only thing that has helped my running lately, but they are definitely a contributing factor.
Not only am I running well, but I enjoy running again. I no longer dread lacing up my shoes and heading out for a run. I spent so many months wondering when I would start hurting or when I would need to take a walk break because I couldn’t stand the pain.
Before I start dissecting my new shoes, let me just remind you that what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. Everyone is different and has different wants and needs. Take my review with a grain of salt. I would also like to mention that I still love all my Brooks sneakers, but right now they are not what are working best for my body.
Over a month ago I went and got fitted for shoes at my local running store and it was determined that my right foot was the culprit. Somewhere along the way my running form went from being normal to pronating just enough to cause me discomfort. Looking back I imagine that this affected my hip issue and muscle issues on my right side.
The lady suggested I try on a couple pairs that offer light stability. I didn’t like many of the ones I tried because they felt very close to the shoes I had at home. Then she brought out another pair and I instantly felt different.
I tried on the Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road M3 V2 and noticed a difference with the way my feet felt. The shoe has a rocker style (similar to other brands like Hoka One One) which helps with foot transition and makes it easier to turn your feet over. The shoe also has a wider platform then most conventional shoes making it easier on the landing. This means it was now more difficult for my right foot to pronate and there was more support without a lot of additional posting like you might see with a stability shoes.
To be honest, I didn’t really want to like them. They aren’t the most fashionable and they aren’t from one of the bigger labels so I was a little hesitant to purchase them. It’s silly to think this now, but also in the back of my mind I was telling myself that there was no way the quality could be as good as the other brands I had ran in before.
I soon realized that I had nothing to lose by trying them out. I could go home and continue to run in shoes that were hurting my feet and my hip or I could try something new. The lady took my credit card and told me that they have a pretty open return policy so if I didn’t like them after a couple runs I could bring them back.
I am so thankful that I took a chance on something new because now I enjoy running again.
I don’t have many bad things to say about them. I did have to toughen up my feet a bit though because while the cushioning is supportive in the Pearl Izumis it was not as supportive as my previous pair of shoes. My feet had to get used to the new shoes because they are so different than other shoes on the market, but once I adjusted I have been good to go.
There are some shoes on the market that allow you to race on the road and still wear for the occasion trail run. I’m not sure how these would handle because the sole is specifically designed for road running and doesn’t have that much tread to it. That isn’t much of a factor for me though, because I have a pair of trail shoes to help with rocks and roots.
Rocker provides Smooth Transition
Supportive but Lightweight
Fair Price ($135)
Wider Platform for Additional Support
Wide Toe Box without Feeling Clunky
Breathable, Seamless Mesh Upper
Not as Cushioned as Some Other Brands
Not Sure How They Would Handle on Trails
No matter what shoes you like to run in or what shoes you are dying to try I hope you branch out a little. Sometimes it’s a good thing to take the path less traveled. Happy running!
What shoes do you love?
Tried a new pair recently?
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