I got a lot of questions about the shoes I picked up yesterday. Never thought that so many people on the Internet would care about what’s on my feet, and to be honest I feel kind of dirty. Nevertheless, I aim to please, so here’s your info.
They are Reebok Realflex Transition shoes (take a peek at ’em here, or search for them). I went with the Frenchy Blue/Sunrock/White color combo, although the Gravel/Flat Gray/Maximum Orange might have been more Tough Mudder-y of me. I found a good deal for them on Finish Line’s website, but because I range anywhere from a size 13 to size 15, I never have confidence buying online. Hoping to snag a pair in person, I made my way over to Dick’s on my lunch break. They did have a size 13, which fit like a glove (thankfully), but they wanted about $30 more for them, so I walked out of that piece and called the Finish Line store at the Fayette Mall to see if they might have the shoe in my size and color. They did, and they were able to do an online price match–something Dick’s wasn’t able to do for a competitor–so Finish Line got the business. As I walked out of the store, I could feel the presence of my mom, sister, and girlfriend congratulating me on my $30 savings. Thanks, ladies.What makes this shoe a great training shoe? From a technical standpoint, I don’t know. The television ads and website promos will list the features, adornments, upgrades, and all other sorts of shit for hours on end. In all of that, I’m sure there’s something that makes them objectively. I’m just not knowledgeable enough (about either shoes or running) to tell you what that is. I can, however, say what it is I like about them. They’re light on my feet, and they provide excellent support. My old shoes felt squishy, and every step I took made me feel like I was unstable. My first run in the Realflex shoes was last night, and I noticed an immediate difference. Part of that might be because they’re new shoes, part of that might be because I’ve lost twenty pounds since the last time I was actually running, and part of that might be because I was running outside instead of inside. Again, I don’t know what exactly was at work. I just know that it felt different, and it felt much better.
I’ll say that, when it comes to gear, I don’t know much. I just do my research, weed out the good stuff from the bullshit, and go with what I feel will work best for me. With that in mind, remember that no matter what I say about any piece of equipment on here, it’s just my opinion. What works for me may not work for you. Read up, try things out, go with your gut, and do some trial and error. You’ll end up not only with equipment you love, but with the knowledge you gained along the way.