Need help finding the perfect running shoe.
Ok, so a few months ago I took up running. In mid-January, I could barely run a minute, and now I can get through at least ten minutes without much difficulty, and I owe it all to the C25K program.
One of the best things I did early on was invest in some good running shoes -- specifically, a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus, which are particularly good for me since I am a) overweight, and b) have a pretty severe under-pronated gait. I really, really love these shoes, as they have been ridiculously comfortable and just good to me overall as I figure out this whole running thing.
The only problem is that a couple of weeks ago I noticed my left big toe has punched through the fabric of the shoe, and the right toe isn't far behind. This shouldn't happen after only 2.5 months of usage, right? As you can see from this picture
, there is a small reinforced area on these shoes right above the big toes, but it didn't extend down far enough for my toes.
So anyway, I'm on the hunt for a good pair of running shoes that are designed for underpronators, and have a reinforced area substantial enough to withstand my giant poking toes. Double-super-extra-bonus points if the shoe is sold on Zappos, as I can still return these to Zappos and get a merchant credit to apply to another pair. I've Googled and found lots of articles on places like RunnersWorld.com that talk about the best shoes for underpronators, but all of them seem to have nothing more that the typical breathable mesh over the toe box, so I'm starting to worry that I might just have to suck it up and deal with holey shoes from here on out.