How much do you worry about the style of running shoes

Colour appearance etc

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03/06/2014 at 11:04

Just purchased a new pair and struggled to find something this time. I find myself spending more time than I should on what the shoes look like. Don't get me wrong my primary concern is consitency and matching gait but there seems to be a lot of extremes between bright and garish to looking very drab and uninspiring. I try to find something normal but with a flash of colour.

Do you worry or just buy the latest release of what you already use?



03/06/2014 at 11:12

No. Once they get mud on them it doesn't really matter what they look like underneath.

03/06/2014 at 11:15
If I find a pair that fits at a decent price I'm not that bothered about the colour or styling.
I got a pair of bright orange ones a couple of years ago. They looked awful but were only 30 quid.
03/06/2014 at 11:18

The more garish the better, to be honest. I'd probably hesitate before getting neon pink though. And I did pay an extra fiver once to get rainbow shoes  instead of blue ones when both were heavily reduced. But that was also a practical choice as I already had the blue ones. It's easier to rotate shoes if the same model comes in different colours.

03/06/2014 at 11:21

I'm not averse to a bit of colour matching with kit I've already got, especially for races.  (We all know that red and orange are the fastest colours, right?)  But for training, function always trumps form. 

These are my current everyday trainers, FFS!...



03/06/2014 at 11:27

No, Phil, yellow is the fastest colour. I went for a run in these this morning:



Edited: 03/06/2014 at 11:29
03/06/2014 at 12:15

Functionality first, then price, then colour.

Pretty much sums up my clothes buying methodology for non-running stuff too.

03/06/2014 at 12:15

I can see what I have been doing wrong all these years...

seren nos    pirate
03/06/2014 at 12:44

don't care about the colour  or design at long as its not pink.........

03/06/2014 at 13:38

Orange shoes just eat up the miles.  I see great things for me this summer wearing these:

03/06/2014 at 13:42

Not bad, Lou, at least they have some yellow on them. Me, you and Phil would look amazing all running together.

03/06/2014 at 13:44

yellow are the fastest, and the yellower the fasterer

 asics hyperspeed 6.   i love em. 

Edited: 03/06/2014 at 13:46
03/06/2014 at 13:46

They look even brighter in real life.  I might let the side down a little though as I don't have your and Phil's penchant for loud shorts.

03/06/2014 at 13:47

All other things being equal, I think Dean is winning.

03/06/2014 at 13:47

I've got some pretty spectacular vests too. 

03/06/2014 at 13:49
lou Diamonds wrote (see)

All other things being equal, I think Dean is winning.

Let's not forget that I sometimes wear all of these items at the same time:


03/06/2014 at 14:02

I don't care about the colour. Although I was wearing my bright orange Hattoris one morning in the park when a drunk girl staggered up to me telling me what great trainers I had and asking for a high five.

03/06/2014 at 14:12

So, to sum up, there are two main answers to this: (1) I don't worry about it, or (2) I actively seek out the most horrifically garish shoes on the market.

Now I want to see a picture of the shoes the OP ended up with?

03/06/2014 at 14:23
literatin wrote (see)

No, Phil, yellow is the fastest colour. 


Oh OK.  In which case I should probably think about running my next marathon in these...

I've had my eye on Nike Zoom Streak 4 for ages and Runners Need have them in the sale for less than 50 quid.  They don't look as fast as Dean's though. I mean, I can't see them knocking 14 seconds off my 3k time...

03/06/2014 at 14:25

I was just looking at those Innov8s people have been recommending to you, Phil - they come in some pretty astounding colours.

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