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If you have followed me for any period of time you know I’m always talking about the benefits of rotating running shoes. Either rotating between different shoes from the same brand or what I prefer, rotating running shoes between different brands. There are a multitude of benefits in my opinion to doing this, one of which is injury prevention.
Today however I’m going to talk about having a go-to brand in your running shoe rotation.
I like to think of your go-to running shoe brand as an old friend.
“Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver the other is gold“
Yes, I like to try new shoes to see what’s out there but on runs where I don’t want to experiment, my shoe of choice is a reliable go-to that reminds me of past good runs. When I put this shoe on I know that if I have any issues on the run that day, it wasn’t the shoes. Saucony has been one of these brands for me since I first became a runner 20 years ago.
The Ride is one of my favorite go-to neutral running shoes. In August I first tried the new update to the Ride, the Saucony Ride 13.
I was a fan of the update and have continued to run in the shoe weekly. It was time for a new pair so I ordered a different color from Zappos.
Unless I am absolutely head over heels in love with a color way, I try to never buy the same color way twice in a pair of shoes. I want the mental association that comes with a new to me colorway being a fresh start.
I wear a 8 in regular shoes and am typically an 8.5 or a 9 in running shoes. I went with an 8.5, my typical size in Saucony shoes, and they fit perfectly. I’m a neutral runner who rolls a bit to the outside (supinate) so I always run in neutral shoes.
Tip: when trying to find the perfect fit for a pair of running shoes. You can use socks to make them fit better. If the shoes are a tad big, wear thicker socks, if they are just right as is, wear thinner socks.
What I love most about this shoe:
Straight out of the box comfort – there was zero “break in” time for me.
The shoe laces – this might sound silly, but anyone who has had their shoelaces come untied during a race knows that shoe laces matter. The laces are puffy and round so they don’t come undone at all.
The tongue is attached – I can’t stand it when the tongue of a shoe moves all around and slides down to one side of the shoe. The way the Saucony Ride 13 is designed it feels like the shoe is wrapped around your foot – almost as if it’s just an extension of your foot.
Comfort mile after mile – because I am able to try a lot of shoes I’m sensitive to notice when a shoe starts to feel not so great after a while. This shoe literally feels great on mile 1 and on mile 300. I like it so much that after I’m finished using it for running, I wash them and then wear them as everyday shoes.
As someone who is currently limiting my contact with other people because of the pandemic, I love shopping at Zappos. I’m a Zappos rewards member so not only do I get free expedited shipping, I also earn rewards on each purchase. Most of my recent orders have arrived within a day or two! I also really like their return policy. I get 365 days to decide if I want to keep an item or return it. I rave about Zappos for a good reason – I’ve literally never had anyone tell me that they didn’t enjoy their experience ordering from them!