Expensive Running Shoes Are No Better

Your choice of running shoe is a very personal decision. You’ve got to balance how well they protect your feet and legs with how they fit, how heavy they are and, Adidas Superstar Ireland yes, even how they look.

The biggest surprise: The higher the price, Adidas Superstar Vulc Adv Women Blue White Ireland Online the lower the rating in many cases. In fact, the 10 most expensive running shoes, Cheap Adidas Stan Smith Unisex White Rose Red Ireland with an average list price of $181 per pair, were rated 8.1 percent lower than the 10 cheapest models (average price $61).“If money is a matter to you, you will not get more in expensive running shoes,“ says the website’s founder, Jens Jakob Andersen. „Affordable mid range running shoes are very nearly the same as expensive running shoes.“That doesn’t mean that you should buy $15 running shoes at a department store. Those will almost surely cause you injuries. But Andersen believes that running shoe makers have poured so much money into marketing in their battle for a slice of a multibillion dollar market that we don’t know what’s real any longer. According to Running USA, 46.25 million pairs of running shoes were sold in 2013, at a cost of $3.09 billion. „Runners are pretty satisfied with the shoes they buy in general,“ Andersen says. But that also highlights the fairly large satisfaction gap between high and low priced shoes.“When you spend more, you expect more,“ Andersen says in trying to explain why expensive shoes may have disappointed some purchasers. „. Andersen says he takes no money from any company, funding the site himself. Skechers? Seriously? I know that elite marathoners like Meb Keflezighi and Kara Goucher are wearing them, but I had no idea they were that popular.“What Skechers are doing great is that they don’t do the really high premium running shoes,“ Andersen says. „They are the running shoe brand for Adidas Superstar Ireland moms.“As for Vibram FiveFingers, well that’s a shock, too. The company agreed to pay $3.75 million in refunds after settling a lawsuit that claimed there was no scientific backup for the assertion that the converted boat shoe reduced injuries and strengthened foot muscles. The pioneer of the current fat sole boom is a hot item right now.