Well, I have new babies. But they aren't what I was hoping for from my previous post. In fact, they aren't even Asics! They're Brooks! I never thought I'd veer from Asics but the professionals gave me the best options for my foot type and from those three particular styles (one from Asics, Nike and Brooks), I chose these:
They felt the best over the other two. I have 90 days if I decide they're not working out.
They have "Shoe Dog" which is a free service where they find the perfect-fitting running or walking shoes for you, reducing injuries, eliminating blisters and running in total comfort (can you tell I pulled that from their ad).
They have you run or walk barefoot on a treadmill while they videotape your feet so they're able to analyze your foot placement. They then show you the footage on a big screen and watch in slow-motion how you run/walk. They also have you stand on a pad that is heat/weight sensitive and measures the amount of weight that is distributed throughout your feet. I found that my left foot carries 45% of my weight, while my right is 55%.
For my feet, they suggested custom insoles which they mold to your feet while there and you take home immediately. They're good for 1 1/2 years and have a 30 day money back guarantee. They also have pre-made insoles that might be a better fit for some people.
I felt the custom insoles were definitely worth it since I'm training for a 1/2 marathon and I had a sore foot after my last 6.5 mile run.
So with doing the analysis, the shoes I had my heart set on would have been "over-supporting" for my feet and could have caused problems. My friends' analysis revealed that they would have been a good match for her though.
If you've never been to Road Runner, they have two locations here in Washington:
444 Ramsay Way, Ste 114
Kent, WA 98032
7020 Woodlawn Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Make sure you try out "Shoe Dog." It's definitely worth it.
If you're in Sascha's class at school expect to get one of these with a lollipop poked through his hand.
I uploaded the pic and he designed the rest in Photoshop. So he likes Daft Punk and Tron.... I did have him remove the tomatoes he had over his eyes. And the Mexican hat. I thought the mustache was cute.
Here's the pic I got the idea from. Can't remember the site though...