That might just sounds like a slang way to say I’m feeling awesome about life, but I’m really describing a pair of shoes.
I get a ton of mileage from my athletic shoes. So, even though they may still look nice and clean, the support generally wears out after about a year. No biggie. That means I get a new pair annually.
My ASICS GT-2000 running shoes from 2015 were my absolute favorites. This year, however, being on a budget, I hit up Nike at the Gaffney Premium Outlets. I had heard about a few righteous styles from brand followers. I haven’t owned Nikes in many years. What the hey. Just do it.
I was in Nike for like two hours total. Yes, I did the classic “try a bunch of shoes on, then go over to Adidas and try on several there, then come back to Nike to retry favorites and ask a bunch of questions of the store associate about popularity and specific uses and still not be able to decide without at least 10 catwalk-esque trips down the aisle.”
My unique situation is that I want a pair of shoes that are…
- Appropriate for all types of activity (running, cross training, cycling, Zumba class, etc.)
- Comfortable to where for many hours on long days
- Supportive for high intensity or rapid, sudden movements
- Roomy enough in the toe to not smoosh or create a weird stride
- A color that won’t look dirty so soon
- Attractive (I’m not a savage.)
Surprisingly, finding this pair of shoes is difficult. I take my time to make such a decision. I mean, in my line of work, I will basically be living in these shoes. I better damn well enjoy them.
After friend and brand rep referral, online research, trial and error and logical analyzing, here are my top picks from the Nike outlet (for needs as listed above).
- Nike Zoom Winflo
- Nike Air Zoom Structure 18
- Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31
The Pegasus was the most vouched for and had great padding for running but wasn’t as responsive in the walk test. The Structure had the most control but felt too tight for everyday wear.
I purchased the Winflo, thus my ranking of number one. Overall, this shoe had everything for me – cushion, shape, versatility, hot pink. They cost a very reasonable $60. After use, I am still pleased. I feel great strutting my new kicks around the gym or pounding the pavement. All the movement I want, and a bit of attention. I mean, they are practically neon. ☺