Some people love the smell of freshly cut grass, some love the smell of bread baking in the oven, I love the smell of new runners. I know what you are thinking, it’s not in a kinky fetish way it’s just one of those smells that brightens up my day. And given my line of work, my world gets a little brighter every couple of months or so with a new pair of road or trail shoes.
Now my gym shoes are another matter. I am embarrassed to say that I cannot remember the last time I bought a pair. Really, the pair that I am currently using was an old pair of road shoes. And given the broken orthotic that is in the left shoe I would have to say that they are at least 3 years old…yikes.
I could try to rationalize the neglect of my gym shoes by saying that I never do any impact moves in them (except when I drop into Christine’s classes every couple of months), I don’t run in them, I wear them only in the weight room, in my Studio and for my core class, they are more of just a standing shoe if you will. Who am I kidding?
So yesterday I finally replaced them, and boy did I replace them!
I have had minimalist shoes on the brain since the Running Symposium I attended back in January and have been dying to try a pair out. Given all of my foot issues I know that they wouldn’t be the smartest shoes for me to wear when running, but who said anything about running? These shoes are for standing (or posing as my Dad would say).
I unveiled them today at my lunchtime Core Connection class. I have to say that wearing them makes me happy, and yes, I totally selected this model based on the colour.
I’m not sure if one standing workout can count as an opinion on my new kicks, but here is my verdict so far: I was really surprised how much cushioning there was on the insole of the shoe, I was completely expecting to feel like I was in bare feet (I guess that is why there are varying degrees of minimalist shoes), however when I was performing balance exercises, squats and lunges I did notice a lack of support in the toe box that gave me that exercising barefoot feeling. So for what I plan on using them for I think that they are perfect and soooo cute.