I am totally not a function over form person, and just titling this post that was hard for me. I usually look at something and decide if it’s pretty before I decide if it would work for it’s intended purpose. This is pretty much true of everything, including kitchen measuring cups, soaps, shoes, and bags. I mean, I continue purchasing Tory Burch shoes, even though they are some of the most uncomfortable things out there (I hate that it’s true, but it totally is).
But, this weekend, for what might be one of the first times in my entire life, I literally ignored beauty and went for function. I needed a new pair of running shoes; once you run 400-500 miles in a pair, they’re pretty dead. And shockingly, I had acquired that much mileage in my good old Nike Frees.
I loved them. They were light, flexible, and purple. When I wore them with my purple headband and purple shirt, I really looked so put together (which I often don’t in my regular clothes…oops). So when it came time to say goodbye, I fully intended on buying another pair of Frees. I was actually planning on ordering them from the Nike website so that I could customize them to my color choices.
I just wanted to make sure that they were good shoes for me before I did it, though. So I took them to a running store and did a gait analysis, and she pretty much told me they were the worst shoes for me. She said that it explained my IT band pain and the pain in my hip. Apparently when I run, my feet roll inwards a bit, and these shoes were offering no support of my arch for that purpose, which was then leading to my IT band pain.
She said, “let me bring out shoes for you.”
I said, “okay.”
But then I never got to look at the wall of shoes, and I never got to tell her what I liked or what colors were my favorite. And I’m pretty sure she didn’t care.
She brought out three boxes of shoes, and I loved the different Nike ones because they were pretty. But they felt funny. And I didn’t really like the Saucony, because they weren’t pretty. But they felt great.
So I took a lap around the store track, and I was sold. And I was mad. Because they weren’t purple. They were white. With silver and blue. And mesh. And they were heavier and not as flexible. And really they just looked so ugly to me. But since I’m going to keep running and train for another half, I guess it’s important that I have shoes that will make my legs not hurt versus shoes that will make my eyes not hurt (because apparently it doesn’t matter if running shoes are pretty?).
So here they are…
And I guess they’re not horrible, but they’re not what I wanted. But they’re what I got. And I ran 6 miles in them yesterday, and there was a world of difference when I finished. There was no hip pain or knee pain or I just stopped running pain. And it was lovely.
Oh well. I’m sure that as I continue to run in them with no pain I’ll grow to love them and hate the ones I had before. But for now it’s sad to me that I won’t be able to match my entire workout ensemble.
Is there anything you’ve recently purchased that was for function that you didn’t necessarily love the way it looked?
Am I wrong? Are they not that bad looking? Are my eyes just so set on purple?
And if you run, what shoes do you wear? And did you get them fitted for you or how did you pick?