My very first breakfast club run was sponsored by Hoka One One and I got to try their Conquest shoes.
I must admit that when I first saw these, I thought I would topple over because they were so high up and the roads were very icy at this point in the winter. They were not "squishy" in feel and almost felt hard in the sole but it was not uncomfortable. And off I went, setting out on a 3 mile run.
After the run (which was my first 3 mile run without stopping EVER), we returned to the store and unlaced our shoes. It didn't feel like anything special but they certainly weren't uncomfortable. And at the steep price of $170 a pair, I gladly returned them to the vendor. Bonus? They hosted a nice shindig, offering t-shirts, hats, lip balm, coffee and bagels.
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But who can complain about the Stanley's mashed potato bar?! And look at some of the cool gear (yes, I really meant it when I said beaker).
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This pair was my favorite up to date. About a mile into the run, my right foot's pinky toe did start to go numb but when I brought attention to my stride and strike, it went away in a few minutes so I'm not entirely sure if that is the shoe or not. When I got back to the store, the rep fitted me for the new pair of Adidas. Sadly, I couldn't go run in them but from walking around the store, I knew that they would be good for me. I couldn't bring myself to fork up that much cash ($160). They were offering 30% off shoes purchased that week but only on your second pair. Eek....so back to the cupcakes I went. Definitely on my wishlist.
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But oh, things did not end as I hoped for. Halfway through the run, I noticed that the left shoe was rubbing my ankle the wrong way so I stopped to adjust and retie. Getting back to the store, I mentioned it to the rep who said I had the wrong size on (though he sized me?) and that I should have gone up a half size. No matter, I said, since the run was over anyways. But after settling down after the run, I noticed that my left leg was much tighter than the right. A few hours later, it was super tight and I felt limpy. I ended up foam rolling my leg and I felt that way for almost a whole week. These shoes are definitely not for me.