A few weeks ago, I bought a new pair of Saucony Grid Flex running shoes. I violated many of my own rules regarding the tools because I was interested in Saucony's new apparent commitment to branching out on its core line with some innovative shoe designs. Simply said, I wanted to give them a try.
Like many gimmicky running shoes, they initially felt superb! I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they felt "broken in" on my second day of running with them. I was incredibly encouraging. A lightweight shoe that provides excellent cushioning, and yet can keep up with the impact and mileage to which I subject them is hard to find indeed.
Alas, it was too good to be true. I may have owned them for about a month, and now the souls are worn straight through.
Gimmicky running shoes aren't quite "there" yet. We end up spending twice as much for something that is either a bad-fitting shoe, or one that wears out all too quickly. I am still a huge fan of Saucony's core line of products, but I'll be steering clear of the gimmicks when I buy a new pair of shoes this weekend.