I have been wearing Mizuno Wave Riders forever. Unfortunately, when the 16s came out, I hated them. I bought some 15s on Ebay and have been wearing them for six months. But the time has come. I need new shoes. However, I HATE THE NEW WAVE RIDERS!
So I headed to my local running store for some answers. The manager there knows his shit. I explained my situation to him. He had me try on the Wave Rider 17s. They felt the same as the 16s and I didn't like them at all. He also had me try on several other brands with a similar fit to my old shoes. He checked my feet and he checked the fit of the shoe. He listened to all of my concerns and assured me that even though it doesn't feel like the 17s give me as much support and cushioning as the 15s, they actually give me more support. The change feels drastic, but it's actually not that drastic and I would get through it.
I was so thankful for his help and decided to get the 17s. But I did the douchiest thing ever. I told him I'd think about it and be back later.
It was a lie.
I went right home and ordered the shoes online.
Store price: $114.00
Holabirdsports.com price: $69.95
I got two pair... for just a little over the price of one pair at my local running store!
Mizuno Wave Rider 17s
$69.95 @ Holabirdsports.com
(18s are coming out very soon, so these are closeout prices!)
I feel really bad. The manager at the running store is so nice. He remembered my name, even though I only go in there like once a year. And he was so knowledgeable and spent a lot of time helping me. I want to support local businesses, but when the price difference is so drastic, I just had to buy the shoes online.
A friend of mine told me not to sweat it. "Don't worry," she said, "The real housewives of Camp Hill can buy their shoes at the store and you can buy yours online."
Where do you buy your running shoes? Do you support local running stores or do you try to find them cheaper online?