|Already, so much shade is being thrown. (Just kidding, she was begging for bagels.)|
Alas, ladies and gentlemen, I have become the thing that frightens and confuses me most. I have become the person in the ugly Hokas.
That's right. I have my very own pair of clown shoes.
|You have GOT to be kidding me with these colors, too. Insult, injury, etc.|
My orthopedist has a working theory that my peroneus muscle strain is the result of too much motion control in my shoes, especially on the right. Except, I don't wear a motion control shoe. Never have. I run in a neutral shoe.
My insteps are so high, that probably 60-70% of the bottom surface of my foot doesn't make any contact with the insole of the shoe unless I force my weight down and roll inward (pronate). It hasn't really ever bothered me. I just try to find the most narrow and low-volume shoes I can, and then get on with my life. In the past, I have liked Mizuno Wave Riders (older versions...the new construction from like 2013 onward sucksss), Adidas Adizero Boost, and the Brooks Ghost. The free pair of Saucony ISO Triumph 2s that I was gifted by the local running store have been in the rotation, too.
I'm usually left with a shoe that is comfortable, but still a little too wide for my foot. I rock around. Lately, I guess I've been rocking outward (supinating) on the right side a little more than I should. I have my theories that the freebie Saucony's were the main culprits in this. Whoops.* So I need to either get into a super-low-volume shoe or get some custom orthotics ($200 worth of NOPE for the time being).
Enter the Hoka One One Conquest (ugh even the name is lame, and did you know "One One" is pronounced "oh-nay-oh-nay"? EYE ROLLS FOREVERRRRR.). Well, I put them on, and they fit. My foot did not rock around at all.
|But WTF with the way these things look!!! At least I'm sort of a larger/taller person, so they don't look THAT disproportionate. Right?|
I ran around the building and had no pain. None. I even went outside, then ran a little loop. Again, no pain. No fear of having to bail and walk it in.
They even have little lock laces built in. And they feel fine without a sock. I'm damn near six feet tall when I wear them.
Please don't judge me.
* And you may have noticed that I haven't reviewed this shoe yet, despite thinking I would, at least after accumulating some miles on them. At this time, I can't really recommend these shoes for anyone with narrow feet, especially narrow heels. Just trying to be honest.