All About The 'Sole' ...
Being a little way over my neck with work at the office, I was kinda surprised that I managed to get home early and squeeze in a short run with the wife just before the rain came down. My mileage the past week has been less than stellar and anytime I get to squeeze in a run is greatly appreciated.
After the run, I was giving my shoe once over. I have this habit of looking at the condition of my shoes after each run to dig out small pebbles and whatnots and also to see the damage I do to them after my runs. It so happened the wife's GObionic which she used earlier was lying next to mine and out of curiosity I checked her shoe out.
That's when I noticed the sole of her shoe has a lot more wear and tear damage than mine. The forefoot section of her she looks pretty scuffed compared to mine, which is a good indication of her change of running styles, from a heavy heel striker to a more forefoot/mid-foot runner. It's a little surprising though cos I would have expected the outsoles to be a little more durable.
The wife is an under pronator which explains the more scuffed lateral side of the shoe. Noticed that the shoe actually lacks a rubber plug there which I thought was odd from the first time I picked the shoe up from Skechers. I guess being a totally flat zero drop shoe, it doesn't really cater for under pronation.
|The wife's GObionic|
The wife and me have more both put more than 70km with the GObionic and notice the different wear and tear patterns on our shoes. I guess the wear and tear is also partly due to the fact I'm lighter on my feet than the wife but I seriously believe an additional rubber plug on the lateral side would make a considerable difference to prolonging the wear and tear of the outsole. Something to look into for a future iteration of the shoe, Skechers Performance?
Other than that noticeable difference the wife is simply relishing running in the shoe. It's been her shoe of choice for all her training sessions and races. The shoe has really made her consciously change her running style to a forefoot runner and has done a world of good to her her form and performance. She's simply running much better in them and is even worried that if they one day discontinue the shoe, she'll have problems with her running ... LOL! And the shoe isn't even launched here yet!
She's now looking forward to putting it for her first 21km test at the coming Putrajaya Night Marathon next week while I'm going to be putting mine to a full 42km test. I know it works just fine for a half marathon but we'll see how it goes for a full.