Buying Shoes Made Easy

Hi everyone! My favourite shoes for easy pace and long runs have been the Adidas Supernovas since I began running. In fact, if the sales person in the sports shop in Freising hadn’t offered me the Supernova Sequence 5 back then when I looked for my first running shoes in October 2012, who knows what would have happened. This first pair lasted for more than 1200 km and I used is as an everyday shoe for a while after this (until it really looked worn, and my wife complained about them 😉 ) .

I stayed with the Supernovas ever since, and since Adidas shoes appear to be very precisely manufactured as far as size, I can buy them online in UK 8.5 / DE 42 2/3 without checking them first. Granted, I need orthopaedic insoles to compensate for and provide support for my midfoot, and these insoles reduce the impact of the shoes to a certain extent. Nevertheless, I went through all Supernova generations so far. 6 (didn’t like them compared to the 5, but ran ~ 1000 km with them), 7 (liked them better), and the Supernova Glide 8, which I (and not only I) consider the best so far. I also bought a pair of Supernova M (9) after this but I was very disappointed because they are way too soft any mushy for my taste. I think I’m not going to use them for anything else than maybe 13 km easy pace runs.

The Adidas Supernova Glide 8 Boost – supposedly the best Supernova so far.

During the last Marathon training season (fall 2017) I ran all long and / or fast runs with a pair of Adidas Adios 3 anyway, in order to get used to the shoe for the race. Rule #1: No experiments on race day! (not with the shoes, not with the clothing, not with the nutrition!)

The Adios 3, however, provides little to no support to the foot. I just got a pair of Adidas Boston 6es which will be my shoe of choice for long and / or M pace runs for the next training season (that will start more or less in about 2 weeks), plus a pair of new old stock Adidas Supernova 8’s to replace my current pair which I will need to phase out in late December. I will continue to use the Adios 3 for fast and interval runs as well as races up to and including half marathons.

By the way – thanks to #Brexit, running gear bought from various UK online shops is considerably cheaper than anywhere else at the moment. Just sayin’.

(Disclaimer: I am not an Adidas affiliate and don’t get any money for reviews like this. I’m just a happy customer. Please keep in mind that every foot and every runner’s running style is different, and you may have completely different needs and preferences.)

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