My running shoes are shot. They’re wearing out on the soles. They need to be replaced. So on Saturday, I ran to the shoe store where I bought them. When it was my turn, I told the salesman that I wanted to replace the shoes I was wearing with another pair — Merrell Trail Gloves. He said Merrell doesn’t make the Trail Glove anymore and had me try on a different Merrell. It was blue, really blue.
I tried the shoes out on the shoe store’s treadmill. I was keen on the shoes. I tried on a pair of Keens. I wasn’t keen on them either. I left empty-handed. The salesman said the barefoot running craze had died down. He had one pair of Merrell barefoot shoes in my size in stock and said the store would not be getting anymore. He suggested I check eBay to find the shoe I wanted.
Later Saturday, I went online and did a Yahoo (my preferred search engine) search on Merrell Trail Glove shoes, and Merrell’s site came up with the shoe I want. I also found them on eBay for about $35 less than Merrell’s site was selling them for. I know my size, but I haven’t yet pulled the trigger on buying shoes online.
There is a shoe store in town that specializes in running shoes. I’ll check them out before going online to buy my shoes. I’d rather support a local business.
If indeed Merrell has discontinued my shoe, I may have to buy more than one pair while I can so that I have shoes when the next pair wears out.
Are there any barefoot runners out there? What’s been your experience in buying ‘barefoot shoes’? I don’t consider myself barefoot per se because I do wear shoes. Yes, they are minimalist shoes, but they are shoes.
As for my Juneathon run, I ran 3.73 miles (6 kilometers) in 40 minutes and 24 seconds. I also rode my bike about 4.5 miles Saturday.