Twenty-five dollars off a $139.99 pair of shoes still doesn’t make them very affordable. After the clerk applied the coupon, my new Asics GEL-Kayano 15’s set me back $124.76. When I got home I checked the see if the aglets were plated in gold. They weren’t. I also looked for an integrated GPS. Not there. I guess I’m going to have to put a few miles on these things to find out why they cost more than my monthly grocery bill.
I’m retiring a satisfying pair of Nike Air Zoom Structure Triax 11 (or something like that). Before that I ran in Asics GEL-Kahana. I going back to Asics and I’m excited about it. Asics remains the go-to brand for high quality and reliable running shoes. On this shopping trip, the Kayano’s narrowly edged out the Asics GT-2140’s. I felt the 2140’s had better arch support, but the Kayano’s fit my foot much better over the entire length, especially the heel. In fact, the enclosure around the heel is what finally sold me on these budget-busters.
For those interested, the coupon for $25 off is from Sports Authority and is good through March 28. Now, don’t expect any expert running shoe advice at Sports Authority. They’re a sporting goods store. They may help you find your size, but probably won’t analyze your gait. For that, you’ll have to visit a real running shoe store – where the shoes point left.