RunWales - about 1-2 years ago, I got all serious and went to a specialist running shop, did a gait test, purchased some fancy Asics...and whoosh, bang, shin splint and out of action for some weeks. Thankfully the manager was kind enough to take them back at no cost and outside of the 28 day return period.
I went back to my Nike Air Max which have served me faithfully (I just order the same type) since 1999 in all cardio activity.
How did folk undertake distance running decades ago, before we got all techie with running shoes and the advent of specialist running shops...and then, those countries which are considered to be in poorer than us but who produce brilliant distance runners who possibly couldnt have had the technical running shoes we are sold in shops today when they started out.
If one is running 5K 3-4 times a week, and there's nothing wrong with current footwear, is it advisable to change? I was told at a specialist running shop that with runnig 15-20K per week one should look to change their shoes every 6 months. It left me wondering whether this was so that the shop could make money from me or was it good and practical advice.