Since summer is just around the corner, the temperature and humidity has gone up a fair bit. I have had to shift my mid-morning walks to the wee early hours of daybreak. I now hit the tracks at around 5:30am and back by 7:00am. I have been walking so much these past few months that I have managed to destroy two pairs of sneakers; one was already a bit old, and the other was an "El Cheapo" brand from Aldi. I decided that if I was going to keep up my walking regiment that I should get myself a decent pair of running shoes. And here began the shopping saga for the very elusive shoe that would fit me like a glove (there's a bad pun somewhere in there!)
The next day, I was excited to try them on for a decent walk. Hubby told me to go easy as the shoes would need breaking in, otherwise I might risk blisters. These shoes needed NO breaking in; they are so light, so soft and flexible, it was like walking with a pair of slippers on. After a breezy 7km walk, I came home, totally ecstatic about how amazingly comfortable these shoes are. That excitement died off quickly when I flipped the shoes over to find that some of the gripping threads from the sole were halfway ripped off. If this is the sort of wear I get from one short 7km walk, what's it going to be like in a few months when I've racked up many more k's? Not a very good financial investment if I need to replace them in a few months. So after much dishearten consideration, I brought them back to the store for an exchange. "The salesman recommended a Cadillac when what I really need is a Jeep", I said to the clerk. So off I went to rummage the shelves for that very elusive shoe that had my name written all over it. Before heading off to the store, I had done some online research about different brands, so I had a few types I had in mind prior to walking in to the store. This time around, I was armed with knowledge and I had more precise criteria. There was one pair I had been eyeballing since I started this whole shoe-hunting saga; the Asics Venture 5.
The moral of the story is, neither one of these shoes are badly designed (mind you, one of them is seriously overpriced.) They are tailor-made for different category of people. The Nimbus is best suited for folks who like to jog in parks, on soft grass or dirt trails, maybe treadmills... But not harsh abrasive asphalt or concrete. For that, you need a thick sole with large threading, perfect to withstand these harsh abrasive surfaces. The Cadillac of shoes was a dream to walk in, but nevertheless, it isn't the shoe for me. Different strokes for different blokes.