Check Out My Kicks!

I get a lot emails each week about what kind of running shoes I recommend. First, let me start by saying that I think finding the right pair of shoes is kind of a personal journey. Everyone has different feet and like the fit and wear of different shoes.

With that said, here is my background: I run on average about 60 miles a week and I have freakishly tiny feet for my height! I am 5’6 1/2″ and I only wear a size 5.5 shoe. I have extremely HIGH arches. Not sure about your arch? Check out this photo of what a wet footprint would look like.

Then there is the concept of pronation. If you have a normal arch, you’re likely a normal pronator, meaning you’ll do best in a stability shoe that offers moderate pronation control. Runners with flat feet normally overpronate, so they do well in a motion-control shoe that controls pronation. High-arched runners typically underpronate, so they do best in a neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages a more natural foot motion. Want more information on pronation? Check out this Runner’s World article complete with explanation videos.

So what kicks do I sport? I wear two types of shoes made by K-Swiss. What, K-Swiss makes running shoes? Why, yes they do! Don’t worry, I didn’t know that either until recently. I used to wear Mizuno, specifically the Waverider, and while I still love those shoes I just found K-Swiss to be a better fit for me. About a year ago, I met a professional triathlete, James Cotter, who is sponsored by K-Swiss and on his recommendation I tried them out. It was love at first wear!

The two styles I like for me are the K-One and the Konejo:

K-Ona

  • An Ultra-light (9oz) and stable running shoe perfect for fast days and races.
  • Durability is achieved with an Aosta® II rubber outsole.
  • Flexibility is enhanced by anatomically correct flex-grooves.
  • Support is obtained with a direct injected urethane support cage with five-stripe branding on top.
  • Stability comes from a rigid TPU midfoot shank.
  • Breathability is enhanced by a Flow Cool System™ for moisture management.
  • Cushioning is provided by Superfoam® technology, an Si-18 technology crash pad and a k-EVA midsole.
  • Comfort is enhanced with a seamless upper construction.

Konejo

  • A lightweight stable running shoe
  • Lightweight is achieved with an open mesh and molded synthetic leather upper.
  • Stability and motion control are enhanced with a “Y-Beam”; TPU arch support and medial posted midsole.
  • Cushioning is maximixed through GuideGlide Guidance System™ and a triple-density Superfoam® compound.
  • Durability is enhanced with an Aosta® II outsole with anatomically correct flex-grooves.

 I like both of these styles for different reasons. They both fit a little differently but fit true to size! I have a 5.5 in both and have never gotten any blisters or chafing from them…even straight from the box! I can’t say enough good things about these shoes. I also need to point out that I am NOT being paid or endorsed by K-Swiss…this is just simply my personal opinion about how great the shoes are!

Hope this information was helpful and useful to all your fabulous runners out there!

 

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11 Responses

  1. Thanks for this post! I’m new to your blog, I love it! It’s great!

    I’m a runner, but have the opposite of you… I have a flat foot. Mizuno seems to work pretty well for me 🙂

  2. Interesting! You’re right– I didn’t know that K-Swiss makes running shoes! Glad you have some that you love, because you are a RUNNING MACHINE! 🙂

  3. Great information, thanks for posting! Funny, I never even thought about K-Swiss when looking for running shoes, but you’ve definitely made me consider it. Think they might bring some fun colors to the line? 🙂

  4. Great tips! I love reviewing information like this. I have a normal arch, but I run on the outisde of my feet (I think that means under-pronating). Anyway, went to Colorado Running company and they filmed me running and recommended Asics..very firm, lots of support and they are the best shoes ever! I have gone through 4 pairs!

  5. Fabulous/very helpful info!! Thanks Kelly! I’m currently running in Saucony, which I love. I had to go get fitted b/c I had NO idea on my own. This is great advice!

  6. Thanks for the tips. I’ve been running in Asics which I enjoy (I won them in a raffle at my very first 5K so there’s a sentimental attachment as well) but am starting to approach the point where they might need to be replaced. Looks like I’ve got a couple more brands to check out!

  7. Thanks for checking out my blog. This is great–running shoes make all the difference. I have flat feet so I swear by Asics since some of the line is specifically made with arch support. But I also wear custom orthotics, too.

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