About six months ago, I grew tired of mediocre running shoes. I had spent $100 on Adidas Parleys, only to have terrible back pain every time I ran. Also, I began to realize that every time I was using Nike running shoes, the padding wore out rather quickly.
I think I always thought of Asics and New Balance as “ugly,” so never really gave them a second look. However, some of their more recent styles are actually cute. Of course, these brands are known for comfort and support, so I decided to give them a shot.
I happened upon the Roadhawk FFs at DSW, but they didn’t have the size I wanted in the color I wanted. I found them somewhere online (for about ~$70 I think?) and happily wore them for seven months without the padding wearing out. Mind you, I use them at least 3-4 times per week for running and power walking, both indoors on a treadmill and outside on the pavement. For the price and quality vs. value, I had found my new favorite running shoes. There was no lengthy, painful break-in period — maybe once or twice with a little rubbing. After that, it was as if they were made for my foot.
When the inevitable shin splints started (the hallmark of running shoes worn down), I jumped back online to see if I could get a few more pairs. This time, I was able to find them on ASICS website. As of Oct. ’18, they are on sale for $50 per pair, and if you’re lucky, there will be an additional coupon code floating around the internet. A few weeks back, I was able to find a 40% coupon code AND put the order through Ebates for some additional savings. (I keep thinking I should be one of those people on the Ebates website because of my lifetime savings of $2,200…yes, that’s right, over 2k just with Ebates!)
I bought three pair!