UPDATE: added on Oct. 28th 2009: I ended up returning the Asics and purchased another pair of Nike Zoom Vomero in a size 10. The Asics were nice, but not for me.
Well, it has been 3 months (almost to the day) that I purchased my current running shoes. I purchased them based on a nice review done on the Runner’s World site of the best new shoes of Spring 2009. (The shoes I chose were not the editors choice, but they were the most improved.) I purchased the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 4, and I really liked them so the review was correct. However, after 331 miles the bottoms are very worn and there is almost no tread to mention in the landing points. (I am a forefoot runner, so that means the balls of my feet have no tread below them. Also since I walk a mile or so after each run the heels were also very worn.)
With my first marathon looming 5 weeks away, I think NOW is the best time to act and get a new pair of shoes well worn in by then. I was really hoping to get another 100 miles on them, but the Zoom Vomero is a really soft shoe. This makes it very comfortable to run, but also means that the tread is softer and seems to wear away fast. I am not a foot dragger either, so the wear is not due to me sliding my feet as I run.
Also, these were my first pair of long distance running shoes so I purchased them based on how they fit, with no consideration of what my feet would do during long runs. (swell a bit) Needless to say, now that my weekly miles are in the 30+ range with my long runs hitting 15+ miles, my toes hurt for a day after my runs from hitting the ends of the my shoes thousands of times. (My next pair of shoes will be a size 10 instead of the 9.5 I have now.)
After some research I once again watched the fall 2009 shoe reviews on Runner’s World, and this time the editors choice was the Asics Nimbus 11. (I also read some customer reviews on a few sites that sell them, and they were all good.) So off to the Sports Authority I went to try out these new shoes “everyone really liked”. The review was very good and the gel in the shoe is supposed to also provide some cushioning, and to me the sole did not seem as soft as the Zoom Vomero and may wear better.
I will keep you informed on how these shoes wear. See me again in a few months. 🙂