I got a new pair of shoes today. I actually finally went away from Mizuno which is shocking! Mizuno has been tinkering with the Alchemy for a while, and while this change was just a color-up, The changes they made the last time made the shoes fit less well for me. Specifically they widened the toe box and apparently the heel cup as well. For short 5 milers it was no problem, but on my 7 miler I started to feel sort of mechanical problems that I related to the shoe.
Pearl Izumi has become known for it's Unusual advertisements that bash joggers! You owe it to yourself to take a look at We are not Joggers to see what I mean. Here is an ad that ran recently in Runner's World Magazine.
Frankly, I think it's a clever campaign, but not entirely "nice" if you will. If the PI's make me more than a Fast jogger, I'll really applaud them, but for now…I'm on the fence!
According to the fitter I have a collapsable flexible arch, and of course little narrow feet. So we tried on some Asics, and New Balance and the Pearl Izumi's. He didn't have any shoes in the narrow, so essentially it was a no brainer.
I actually really liked the new PI's
They have an unusual lacing system called "wrap-around" lacing, where the laces actually go all the way round the shoe. If you look at the picture on the right you can see the deliniations on the shoe where the laces travel. This allowed me to lace the shoes right snug against my feet, minimizing the side to side motion that I sometimes get in my other shoes.
Otherwise, like most stability shoes, they do feel a little clunky, but they are about as clunky as the Mizunos I was in.
I'm hoping these shoes work for me. I felt ok running in them in the store, but admittedly my left leg is flaring so my "running" was difficult.
The toe box is roomy, and seems to be a little rounder than the Mizunos, making it easier to splay my toes.
I'll be taking them out for a "virgin" run of 4-5 this evening, so expect a few more exciting entries regarding the PI's. I really hope they are "Technology that fits!"