The number one thing that will get folks to do a double-take on the street or in the office is when I'm wearing gear to go for a run or jog. People look at me dumbfounded, probably wondering how I move my almost 300lbs through the streets at anything faster than a New York walking pace. I chuckle most of the time as I gallop past the curious on-looker, though I imagine for some it would be a terrible feeling to attract that sort of attention when on the street. Honestly it's a little bit of a form of protest for me, just demonstrating that I can indeed be healthy and large.
Surprise, surprise - plus-size folks not only walk, jog & run but some of them even run ultra-marathons. But you probably already knew that if you're reading this blog.
NIKE Air Zoom Vomero 10
Size 13, regular width (also available in wide and extra-wide)
Available at Nike stores and Nike.com - $140
The Fit - Pretty damn good!
My slightly wider, but very thick feet fit perfectly into these shoes from the get-go. This was a new experience for me with Nike as every other shoe I had ever tried fit terribly. I will give credit to the young woman at Niketown who helped me out as she immediately identified my larger toe box and size when recommending these shoes. There was no initial discomfort from fit, and the padding was stiff enough to provide exactly the amount of support I like.
The Feel - Walking is great, running is meh.
I'll start out by saying that these walk like the Cadillac of shoes. They have a ton of soft compression and bounce that make them great for standing or walking for long periods of time. I could easily see myself walking 20 miles in these without foot, ankle or knee fatigue.
However, there was considerable discomfort in the toe box and moderate discomfort in the arches when I was doing fast intervals. I am a "Neutral Pronator" so this was a little surprising as I don't normally get this kind of discomfort from shoes. This might just need a small adjustment to the footbed, but I wanted to talk about the shoes without modification.
The Style - Pretty cool....but the swoosh, so you know...
When I first saw these on the shelf at Nike I thought they were pretty ugly compared to their other offerings. That probably has more to do with the trends and marketing around "natural" running shoes and the minimalist look itself. These shoes have a ton of cush which means they also have a thicker sole. I did warm up to them pretty quickly and found the fit and comfort of some activities worth the compromise to trendiness.
This shoe looks like a skate shoe and a trail running shoe had a discreet one-night stand. But wait, there's a swoosh on it, TAKE MY MONEY!
The Conclusion - There's better shoes for $140
Sadly I would call these a soft pass. I really, really wanted to like these shoes. The walking comfort was great, the fit was on point and the look was...well...I mean the highlights matched my hyphy running accoutrements. But running shoes need to be good for running and these were much more uncomfortable than cheaper New Balance and Asics I've ran in.
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