My mother often laments, "No matter how many shoes I own, I never own the right pair."
What she means: She doesn't have the perfect black pair of heels to coordinate with the dress she's wearing to my cousin's wedding and the rehearsal dinner. Or the ideal pair of brown comfort shoes to carry her comfortably on walks by Lake Michigan and stylishly into Chicago restaurants while on vacation.
Thankfully, I didn't inherit this problem from my mother--at least when it comes to running shoes. The Saucony Guide series feels tailored made precisely for me and my needs. The toebox is wide enough so my curled-up little toe isn't crunched, yet my scrawny heel is held snugly in place. The lightweight support device on the inner side of the midsole prevents my high-arched foot from rolling over too far on impact, yet it doesn't act like a straightjacket on the movement of my feet. And best of all from my perspective: The forefoot feels cushioned but lively. (I might be an Athena, but I like a slightly nimble shoe.)
I am so devoted to the Guide series, I have a stockpile of pairs (some people store water and batteries in case of emergency. Me, I always have several pairs of running shoes at the ready!), and I rotate between three pairs. Further proof of adoration: The aqua blue/ViZiPink pair of Guide 7s I sported at both runDisney half-marathons this winter served as my inspiration for the colors of our newest tech tee.
All that said, I am open to trying different styles of Saucony shoes. At one of our parties last week, a Saucony rep recommended I try the Cortana 3. (It was a classic case of, "If you love the...., then you'll totally dig the...) The opening line of the description on Saucony site told me her suggestion is spot-on: "Runners seeking a lightweight yet supremely cushioned ride, along with the supportive feel of a more traditional everyday shoe, will love the Cortana 3."
Like I said: It's my mother who can't find the right pair of shoes, not her daughter. And Dimity and I (and Saucony!) are here to help you find your ideal pair. The winner of this Hump Day running giveaway will get her choice of any one pair of Saucony running shoes. To enter, tell us what is the #1 feature you look for in a pair of running shoes. Do the weight of a shoe your paramount concern? Do your kicks have to accommodate your burgeoning bunions? Is cushioning for your creaky joints what you crave? Click on the Comments ribbon below this blog post on our site and type your type priority in a running shoe there to be entered to win.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 4/23/14 and ends on 4/29/14; the winner will be announced on 5/3/14. One entry per person. The value of the prize is up to $150. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.