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Four Shoe Review!

After the whole beloved Nike Volmero but my toes won’t stop bleeding debacle ( don’t click if you don’t like blood ), I decided it was time for new shoes. I visited the K-Swiss Store in Santa Monica one day and picked up two new awesome pairs of shoes. I, like most normal people, were skeptical of the new shoes but I am happy to report that I will be sticking with these shoes and that it turns out I love them!

These are the K-Swiss Keahous ($90). I REALLY like these shoes. It’s almost sad how people are like K-Swiss? Psssssh? They make running shoes? I’ve heard it over and over. But being a huge believer in different things working for different people, I was excited to try them out and they were somewhat comparable for my Nike Volmeros. Look whose laughing now! No more bloody feet! I really like the cushion they have and the toe box in the front of the shoe is very wide for me. I have never had bloody toes in these shoes. I feel like I’ve also gotten more mileage out of these than my Nikes. They are very supportive and have full support instead of just support in the heel or toe box. Sadly, the one place that is a little disappointing is the color selection. I don’t feel like they are super cute, but oh well, sometimes it’s about how they work and since I’ve gotten these they’ve actually gotten some new cooler colors.

I also feel that they fit my neutral foot very well. They don’t go up too high on the ankle area and I really like the GuideGlide aspect of the Keahous. It’s the red part of the shoe. I wear these shoes for long runs (anything over 8 miles) and they’ve lasted me a long time. It didn’t take me barely any time to break in these shoes and they still work perfectly for me today! Thank you K-Swiss for making a shoe that is awesome and gives support but doesn’t give too much support where the shoe is stiff and hard to run in!

Next up we have The K-Swiss Natural Runner ($90). I really like these shoes for shorter distances. They are very light and I feel like I’m running in racing flats when I wear them ( Cue the Rocky music and the laughter about the high school glory days of racing) . They don’t have any arch in them so it’s their version of a ‘barefoot’ running shoe, if that makes sense. It took me about 2 five mile runs to get used to that, but once they were broken in they worked awesome. I love how light they are because they really speed me up on my shorter runs.

After I ran in them the first 2 times, I never noticed that they were a little different from regular shoes. They still have great support in them even though they are so light. I was surprised on both K-Swiss shoes about how easy they were to break in and get used too. Both shoes are great shoes and I would recommend that you give them a try if you are in the market for a new shoe.

Notice how different then are from the side! I was very intrigued at the beginning and now happy to say that I love these shoes. They have never caused me any problems at all! Another thing I like about the K-Swiss shoes is that they are under $100 dollars. That’s one of the hardest things about switching shoes, because they are expensive mistakes to make.

Recently, for work, we also got Brooks shoes. Since both my K-Swiss shoes are almost at the end of their lives (I change my shoes every 300-350 miles), I got two pairs of Brooks that I thought I could run in as well. These below are the Brooks Glycerin ($129). I was really excited to try out the new shoes. I went out on a 4 miler with these and at about 2 miles I had pretty intense shin pain, which I’ve never had before. I chalked it up to too much running. The next run I went out on was a 5 miler and immediately the shin pain returned. I felt like the shoes were very stiff and I thought it might just take a while to break them in. They had even mentioned that at the running store where I got them at. I tried again and again to break them in on a few shorter runs and I just felt my legs getting more and more tore up.

These shoes are super cushion-y and stiff. They offer a lot of support, which I think they offered too much support for me. I ran about 30 miles in the shoes and constantly had that nagging pain which made me switch back to the shoes that worked for me, the K-Swiss. These will be great for working events because of the support but will not be running shoes for me.

I also think something in the toes. The shoes for some odd reason turned “up” at the toe a lot, which was weird for me for some reason. I felt like my foot was turned upward in an unnatural position.

Then I also got the Brooks Ghost 3 ($99). I love these shoes! They are so soft and cushion-y and not stiff like the Glycerin. I got these about 2 weeks after I tried the Glycerin and had already been feeling better shin-pain wise. I tried these ones out on a 8 miler that I could stop at home and change my shoes at the 4 mile mark. Good thing I did because running in them, the shin pain I had all but gotten rid of returned! I felt it creeping back right around mile 2. I knew immediately that it must be something with Brooks shoes that doesn’t mix well with my legs and feet.

I know these shoes will be awesome for being on my feet all day at events, but I also know that running in them will not be happening. I will be sticking with K-Swiss for the remainder of my training round. They work for me, which I continue to remind myself, Keep it Simple, Stupid. What works for you may not work for me. Many runners take Gus and I’m choking down Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches on the course. It’s different strokes for different folks.

If you run in any of these shoes, I’d love to hear your opinion on them! I know that not everything that works for me doesn’t work for everyone else and I like to hear stories of these shoes working for others!


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  • Reply Cupcake Activist

    I’ve had the worst luck with shoes. I pronate so I need some support, although I’m not going back to motion control shoes (too ridiculous!). I’ve tried almost every brand and have yet to find one I love. I get shin splints so that’s my indicator of whether a shoe works or not. My current shoe is a Mizuno, but I think it’s causing me hip and IT-band pain. I was thinking of going in the direction of K-Swiss. It’s just so hard to commit to try something when it costs over $100 to do so.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Erin

    It’s interesting to me that the glycerine’s hurt your legs, too. I’ve never been injured in my entire life but after about one month of training in those, my ITB flared up and I’ve been struggling through ITB pain ever since. I wasn’t sure if I could ‘blame’ the shoe or the high mileage, but it’s interesting that I’m not the only one who has issues in the glycerines. Since then, I’ve gone back to Nike Structures (which I love) but the ITB pain hasn’t gone away. Hmmm… perhaps I should give the K-Swiss a try!

    July 20, 2010 at 10:39 am
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    I’ve had 2 pairs of the Brooks GTS. They beat the crap out of my feet, but I’ve had some of my better races in them. I agree with you that different shoes work for different people. Nikes work well for me. Maybe I should try K-Swiss too.

    July 20, 2010 at 10:44 am
  • Reply kristen

    I’ve run in Nike Vomeros and Brooks Glycerins and have liked them both. I tried some Asics (can’t remember which model) once and had shin pain similar to what you’re describing as what happened to you in the Glycerins. You just never know what shoe is going to feel good until you get out and run in them.

    I’ve never tried on any K-Swiss running shoes…I agree with you though- they aren’t all that pretty. But in a running shoe that isn’t the priority.

    July 20, 2010 at 11:23 am
  • Reply J

    I have been thinking about switching to Brooks but after reading your report now I am scared! I have always run in asics and haven’t had much problems!

    July 20, 2010 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Janeen

    As a sporadic runner (ahem- sorry, jogger), I wanted shoes that wouldn’t kill my waivering determination to jog. I was fitted for support runners, and got the Brooks Trance 9, and I love them! Like you said, different shoes work for different people. Glad the K-Swizzle’s work for you :)

    July 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Average A

    I’m really glad to hear more positive opinions about K-Swiss, so thanks for putting this out there! I had my doubts at first, but once I saw both you & Josh Cox running in them, I knew they had to be a solid show. Yes, you were just compared to Josh Cox. :)

    I used to have tons of knee problems until I switched into the Brooks Glycerin. Granted, I wore the 7s (and not the 8s), and right as the 7s were discontinued, I bought every pair I could find. :P I love them, and I’m too scared to move onto the 8s, especially after hearing about your pain! Stick with what works, right!?

    I just got a pair of Newtons, too — so far so good, but I’m having a hard time putting high miles in them. Because they are more like lightweight racers, I use them for shorter, faster runs.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply beth

    The worst is when they update a shoe you like and then the shoe isn’t good for you anymore! For about a year, I ran in Saucony Pro Grid Guide 2s. I had several pairs and they were great. I saw good reviews on the updated Guide 3s and bought some, but they killed my feet.

    I switched to Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10s and love them. My mom wears the Glycerins for walking.

    July 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Chris

    Interesting that two different pairs of Brooks both brought about the same shin issues. I’ve run in Asics Gel Nimbus for years, and recently got the Nimbus 12 to go with the Nimbus 11s I’ve been running in. The first 2 runs with the 12s I’ve had some minor shin ‘achiness’, and I’m desperately hoping it’s a breaking-in issue rather than something that they’ve changed that isn’t working for my feet/legs. Really don’t want to have to go through a protracted new-shoe search. Change isn’t always for the better.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I can’t run in Brooks shoes, either. I either run in Asics or my new found love, Nike. I never really liked those for the longest time, but they have improved their running shoes greatly.

    July 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply tricia

    great reviews. I was in mizuno wave inspires until recently. Now I have orthotics so I’m in a neutral shoe (Brooks defyance)

    July 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    Hmm. I’m thinking about Brooks but not so sure anymore. I wear Nike’s right now but I don’t think they’re great for my feet. I might try Mizuno’s. Such a big decision! Thanks for the reviews.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Donna

    I LOVE Brooks Shoes! I have the new Glycerin 8’s (just upgraded from the 7’s) & find them to be extremely comfortable & well-cushioned. I’m an ultra runner, so the Cascadia’s were my first pair of Brooks. The Ravena is another awesome Brooks neutral shoe. Great for track work & races. I’ll never switch back to the expensive Asics Kensei’s I was wearing before. Have not tried the Ghost 3’s yet. Loved the 2’s.
    Happy Running!!!

    July 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply That Pink Girl

    I recently tried Brooks Ravenna. Thumbs down for me! My knees are STILL sore from my 5.5 miler in them. I may try them for knock around town shoes…but there is a good chance they’ll end up donated to a shelter. They could use new shoes more than me!

    July 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply WadiaSoft

    I put a total 1,735 miles of four pairs Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8’s. No break in needed. I loved them.

    I put a total of 850 miles on two pairs of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9’s. It took about 200 miles per pair to break them in. I didn’t like them so much.

    I presently have two pairs of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10’s in rotation with 581 combined miles. No break in needed. I love them.

    My LRS has a 30 day return policy so I do not need to worry if a particular shoe isn’t working out.

    I had problems with New Balance 1225’s and returned them after 14 miles. They messed me up big time for the Long Beach marathon last year :(

    July 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I run in the glycerin’s and love them. They feel very light and fast for me! I have tried Nike and they always make my knee hurt, so yes, it is interesting how different shoes work for each individual! Thanks for an honest review without bashing the one you didn’t like!

    July 21, 2010 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Scott

    Huge fan of the Glycerin 8, won’t run in anything else over 7 miles. I tried the Vomero last year and was not a big fan.

    July 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    shoes shoes shoes!!! i can never have enough good or bad shoes… and i hate to spend money on running shoes because i blow through them so quickly! grrrr!! stick with your kswiss ones!!! we dont need anymore bloody toes!

    July 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Val

    Oh, bloody toes! I’ve had that problem on occasion – usually just seeping into my socks and insoles as opposed to the outside of the shoe. The cause of mine was a toenail with a bit of a sharp corner rubbing it’s neighbor raw. I just wish my toes would just play nice!

    July 22, 2010 at 11:42 am
  • Reply April

    I had trouble with the Brooks too! And I did notice that they turn up a lot in the front, like little elf shoes. I got them before I ran the Broad St Run and they were fine but then a few weeks later I got an awful pain in the top of my foot, stopped running for a week but now turned into ankle pain! I may have a stress fracture so that might not be the shoes fault. But I am sticking to my beloved Asics from now on.

    July 23, 2010 at 6:47 am
  • Reply crystal

    this posted just reminded me of the kenny powers k-swiss funny or die! haha Have you seen it? It seriously makes me laugh just thinking about it!

    August 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm
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