Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Puma Faas 500 running shoes that get better with age

I know all the conventions for replacing running shoes:

  • Replace after 500 miles
  • Replace when the tread gets worn out
  • Replace when the mid-sole breaks down
Even after all of that, these Puma 500 Faas running shoes that I got in spring 2011 seem to get better with age.  They took me through the Scotiabank Toronto 1/2 Marathon in October and I figured that was it.  Then in December at the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica I hauled them out again fully expecting to leave them behind.  Heck, I even wore them into the ocean after the Reggae Marathon!  Still not done.

Since then I've finally put socks on in deference to the cold temperatures in Toronto and am still running in them.  And the really cool thing is that I'm still running comfortably and injury-free! 

While these Pumas keep on running, it helps that I'm running in the natural-style, landing lightly on my forefoot with shorter strides.  It's not barefoot running and these are not super-minimalist shoes but I guess that has something to do with it.

And while I'd love to keep running in these bright red Pumas, their days are numbered.  In fact I'm expecting delivery of 2 new Faas running shoes, the Faas 300 and 250 any day now.  Here's a sneak peak at the 300's I'm looking forward to trying out really soon:  

In the meantime, here's another look at the running shoes that keep getting better with age:

Until next time...

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