When I first started running, I used the cheapest running shoes available. Don’t even remember the brand name, but they were white with velcro closures instead of shoelaces. In 1992, they cost me $20 (US). Over the next decade plus, my shoe choice became a bit more sophisticated and expensive. I’ve worn Reeboks, Brooks, Asics, Mizuno, and Saucony brands. My current shoe is the Saucony Omni 6.
Spending too much on running shoes?
While I believe there is a big difference between my shoes now and the ones from my early running days, how can we know for sure? Is it all a big scam by the shoe marketing companies? Are the differences really minimal and we’re wasting money on expensive shoes?
Consider this recent research soon to be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. According to scientists, expensive running shoes are a waste of money! That’s right, in their tests they found…
Cheap and moderately priced running shoes are just as good, if not better, in terms of cushioning impact and overall comfort…
Note, they compared shoes in three categories based on price, lowest cost ($80 – $90), middle range ($120 – $130), and highest cost ( $140 – $150). In my mind, $80 doesn’t really seem like a low cost shoe. I’d like to see this study done using $20 or $30 shoes. Here I think you would really feel a difference.
Anyway, take heart budding, young jogglers, if you want a good pair of running shoes there is no need to spend more than $80 – $90. Of course, if you really want to save money perhaps you might try Barefoot Running. You could become the world’s first marathon joggling barefoot runner! If you do it, let us know. The rest of the joggling world would love to hear about it.