I needed new running shoes because my current fleet of running shoes, which consists of three pairs of two-year old Asics, are getting up there in mileage. So who do I turn to when it comes to the dire matters of athletic shoes?
My roommate, of course!
First off, he owns more pairs of athletic shoes than you and I have fingers and toes. Secondly, he works for a national athletic shoe store chain, so itâ€™s his business to know shoes and to use his employee discount to create a shoe collection that equals those you see on MTV Cribs.
I told him I wanted something like my current pair of running shoes. He recommended the brand new Nike IMPAX shoe, because they were just like me, good looking and cheap.
He wasnâ€™t kidding, at $75 a pair, these kicks are very inexpensive. They also look good, especially the metallic silver/black/red/white ones I purchased. But I didnâ€™t buy them just for their looks, I really wanted to know how they feel on a run.
These shoes are similar to the Nike Shox series in that they provide excellent cushioning, with its innovative shock-absorbing system.
After putting them on, one of the first things I noticed about the Nike IMPAX is how light they are. Each shoe weighs a little over 11 ounces, which can mean a lot during a three-mile run. Of course, one of the bad things about light shoes is the fact they wonâ€™t have much of an effect if you throw them at something or someone. Remember force equals mass times acceleration (f=m*a). So if you ever need to throw your shoes at something or someone, make sure theyâ€™re Timberland boots.
After three days of running in these shoes, I like the feel of them. With other shoes, my body has had to get used to them, which always involves shin splints. However, with the Nike IMPAX, I was surprised I didnâ€™t have this problem.
One problem I did face was trying to keep them clean. With my old shoes, I didnâ€™t care what I stepped in: mud, puddles, or someoneâ€™s flower garden. The Nike IMPAX are such good-looking shoes that I couldnâ€™t imagine staining them with grass or mud. Strictly sidewalks and asphalt for now.
Another thing I noticed about these shoes is that they attract the attention of married, middle-aged women for some reason.
How do I know this?
When I walked into my clientâ€™s offices with them on, two married middle-aged women, instead of saying hello, instantly commented on how shiny my shoes were. As you can see from the picture, they are shiny shoes.
As a young, single man, I have no desire to attract the attention married, middle-aged women. Why canâ€™t these shoes attract young, single women? Damn, to be cursed with these shoes.
Anyway, if youâ€™re a casual runner and are looking for a new pair of inexpensive running kicks, might I recommend the Nike IMPAX. Theyâ€™re one of the best running shoes Iâ€™ve used in a long time. (However, according to my roommate, if your feet tend to pronate or if you have wide feet, these shoes might not be the best for you.)
Item: Nike Impax Running Shoes
Purchase Price: $75.00
Rating: 5 out of 5
Pros: Surprisingly inexpensive. Very light. Awesome cushioning.
Cons: Attracts married, middle-aged women, instead of single, young women. Inability to cause any damage when thrown at something.