Remember when I wrote that post about how much I was loving my New Balance w1400s? As a light, neutral shoe with pretty solid reviews, I felt confident that these shoes could take me through a good 16-20 weeks of training and across the finish line on race day. But I was wrong. It’s been about four months since I bought them (489 miles, according to my calculations!) and they’re totally busted. I guess I jumped the gun when I wrote my initial review — I was clearly in the honeymoon phase! 😉Midway through my 20-miler the other weekend, I felt like I was basically running barefoot — and though I’m all for minimal-style shoes, feeling the burn of the pavement on the balls of my feet takes it a bit too far!
As you can see, the outside edges of the shoes have been worn super thin. My friend Lizzie bought the same pair of shoes a few months ago, and she said that her 1400s have an actual hole in them! Yikes.I’ve always been pretty tough on my shoes and extend their life to a good six months (700-800 miles or so?) before retiring them. I’ve never beat up a pair of shoes so bad, in such a short amount of time. I won’t write off the New Balance 1400s as a completely terrible shoe altogether, but I will write them off as completely terrible marathon training shoes.
So: lesson learned. I was attracted to the W1400s because they were cute and super cheap — only about $60. And now they’re ugly and broken! I guess you get what you pay for.
With a marathon coming up in a few weeks, I can’t risk running in what are now basically flip-flops. So I splurged the other week and returned to my long-lost, very expensive loves: The Brooks PureConnects.It’s been a glorious reunion, indeed! As soon as I slipped these babies on, I remembered why they’ve been so good to me over the years. They’re light, soft, and (as you can see above) a bit narrower than the New Balances — which means that they they hug my foot in a beautiful embrace every.single.mile. It’s difficult to explain, but with the New Balances I felt like my feet were the ones taking the shoes out for a run, not the shoes taking my feet out for a run. The 1400s were in the passenger seat while my feet did all of the work!
In the Brooks, I feel like the shoes are just an extension of my legs! A beautiful neon-pink-and-yellow extension, that is You can just tell that the Brooks PureConnects are superior in quality, too. Little details like the stretchy laces and fit-to-your-foot tongue show that the goddesses who make these shoes put a lot of thought into them.Plus, the soles seem a lot more durable than the NB’s. Since this is my 5th?6th? pair of PureConnects, I’m pretty confident that they’ll last for a good six months or so. I’ll be sure to check back in and let you know, though!And just so you know: I’m writing this post 100% un-endorsed or encouraged by either shoe brand. It’s just me pouring out my true emotions for running shoes on the Internet for you fine people. But if anyone from Brooks is reading, please hire me to be your next shoe model. Your shoes make my face AND my feet smile.
- How much do you spend on running shoes?
- How many miles do you put in yours before you retire them?
- Marathon training in racing flats/minimalist shoes – yay or nay?