Shoe Update and More Liebster Love

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out with my Asics Gel-Kayano 20s.  While they felt extremely comfortable walking around and doing quick jogs around the store, if I ran in them more than 10 minutes, they caused my feet to go numb.  Like, weird, tingling, I-can’t-wait-to-stop-running numb.  At first, I thought it was just an adjustment period, since I’d been running in much less supportive shoes for so long and my feet weren’t used to the extra cushion.  But after two runs that I had to cut short just because my feet felt so weird, I decided they weren’t worth my time.  Spending $160 on shoes that I can’t run in is absolutely absurd.  That’ll teach me to be so gushy before actually testing them out!

Thankfully, Fleet Feet has a great customer satisfaction policy–there’s a sign right up by the cash register that says “The sale is complete when you are satisfied.”  I called the store and explained my issue, and even though I’d worn the shoes outside, they took them back, no hassle.  I seriously can’t recommend Fleet Feet enough.   If you have one near you, definitely give them a try!

After talking with sales associate Chris, we decided that a more middle-of-the-road shoe was probably best, since going from total minimalist shoes to super support shoes was probably the main issue.  I settled on the Saucony Mirages.  They definitely have more support than my Nike Frees, but they don’t feel like they’re suffocating my feet like the Asics did.  I also ended up with shoes a 1/2 size larger than normal to allow for spreading and swelling.  Fingers crossed these work out better!

PicMonkey Collage

I’m super happy I still got orange shoes 🙂


The best part is, the Sauconys were so much less expensive than the Asics that I got these Nike shorts for free (yes, I know that’s now how it actually works but that’s how it works in my head!).  They’re really comfy, flattering, and lightweight–I can’t wait to try them out!

Photo May 08, 6 49 53 AM

Also, Darlene of My First 5k and More has nominated me for another Liebster Award!  Thank you so much Darlene!  Everyone please pop over and say hello.

Since I’ve already done one round of nominations for my previous Liebster, I won’t send it around again.  I don’t want people to get tired of the Liebster since it’s really such a nice idea.  I also think that pretty much everyone I follow has been nominated at least once, so I’m just going to let it rest.  And while some of you may have a burning desire to learn more random junk about me, my guess is that most of you don’t care to read through another batch of answers, so I’ll hold off on that as well.  Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated!  It’s been really fun getting to know you all better!

Have you ever gotten a new pair of running shoes you were really excited about, only to have them turn out to be totally wrong for you?

21 thoughts on “Shoe Update and More Liebster Love

  1. Jason says:

    Have you run in Gel Kayanos before? Just curious. I’ve run in the 18s (loved them) and I have a pair of 19s. I’m just wondering if the model has changed?

    And yes, that has definitely happened to me – it’s the worst! The denial – when you’re like, no, it’s okay, I can probably make them work. And then the acceptance – f*ck. Good luck with the Mirages!

    • DarlinRae says:

      The only shoe I’d run any distance in previously were my Nike Frees, so I can’t comment on if they’ve changed the Asics or not. It’s too bad, because for walking, they were super comfy!

  2. dgobs says:

    What a bummer about your new shoes! I’m glad you were able to find bright orange ones that will (hopefully!!) be better 🙂 It’s great to hear how awesome Fleet Feet was about the situation, too… I wish they had a location near me!

    • DarlinRae says:

      I was so relieved–I called them first, and the guy who answered just said “That’s the easiest thing in the world. If they don’t fit, bring ’em back!” If only all customer service interactions were this positive!

  3. runsaltrun says:

    Haha yes like every pair in the past month. Actually that’s not true. I really wanted to love the Mizunos and I hate them. And then I really wanted to love the Pure Flows and I don’t. Not for running anyway. The arch support is too weird. I LOVE my Sauconys though! I think you made a great choice and the color is awesome! Good luck with them!

  4. SuzLyfe says:

    weieirrrrdd. I’ve had shoes make my feet go numb before, but not my running shoes. Other tennis shoe/sneaker types, though. I’m glad you were able to return them!

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