Monisha's Minute: My New Relationship Partner

If my feet had a Facebook Page the relationship status would read:

Name: Monisha’s Feet

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Current City: Dallas, TX

Relationship Status: In a Relationship with Brooks Adidas

I recently purchased a new pair of running shoes. Surprisingly, they’re not my beloved Brooks.

This past weekend, I went over to Run On! to buy a new pair of running shoes. Mitch the store manager assisted me. Now the goal was to walk in, ask them to pull up my info, and grab a pair of Brooks Adrenaline. However, Mitch told me to pump my breaks and do a foot assessment. I wanted to tell him I’ve had this done before and the sales associate put me in Brooks. But I didn’t. I kept my mouth closed and listened to what he had to say. I took my shoes off and the foot assessment began, along with the realization that putting off my pedicure until Sunday afternoon was a bad idea. Because I love you all so much, I didn’t take any pictures of my feet.

After watching me walk barefoot from one end of the store to the other I sat back down and answered a series of Mitch’s questions such as “How many miles do you run a week?” to “Do you notice any pain when you run?” Mitch took his time explaining why he asked each question, which I really appreciated.

Then he laid it on me: I did not need a stability shoe. What!? How could this be? I thought I was flat foot and running in a stability shoe was the only way I could run properly. Mitch went on to explain that there is a possibility that as my running increased, so did the strength of my feet including my arches. He asked me to consider a neutral shoe. I thought “This man is off his rocker if he thinks I should wear a neutral shoe.”


Finding shoes that fit has been a struggle for me since middle school. I’ve grown to appreciate my long, flat, and slender feet though. For one, God doesn’t make mistakes. And two, standing at six feet tall, I need a little more than most to hold up all of this Amazon goodness! But shoe manufacturers don’t see it that way.  All ladies shoes do not go up to size 12. Therefore, when it comes to athletic shoes, I usually have to buy men’s shoes. That’s exactly what I did in this case. Mitch brought out a selection of shoes for me to try on. They all felt pretty okay but were much different than what I was used to with my stability shoes. I decided to go with the Saucony’s.

As I was boxing them up Mitch said “Let me do one last skim through of what I have in the back.” He disappeared for a minute and emerged from the back of the store with these black-stealthy-bad-a$$-Adidas. I tried them on and they felt like a Cadillac. I knew when I slipped my feet into them they were the one. I took a light jog in the store and gave Mitch the “We’ve got a winner face.” His reply was “I figured you would like these.”

I took my new Adidas Supernova Glide 4’s for a 5 mile run and my feet held up really good. I plan on running 10+ miles in the Dallas Marathon Relay this weekend. We’ll see how they hold up on a double-digit mile run.

As for now, my affair with my Adidas Supernova Glide 4 is off to a good start. I’ll keep you posted!

Love, Peace, and Sweat,

Monisha R.

Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach  specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha  please visit Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations and join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook.


  • Catherine says:

    Do you recommend getting running and gym shoes professionally fitted? I sometime wear my running shoes to the gym, is it really that important to have separate cross=training shoes, if so do you recommend any brands? I know that nike is popular but they have never fit me correctly.

    P.S. I am 3-5 mile runner at the moment since I am still recovering from a foot injury.

    • Monisha says:

      If you look at the sole of a cross trainer and a running shoe you will see the patterns are very different. The cross trainer shoe is designed for more lateral movement and the grid on the bottom goes in various directions. A running shoe is going to have grooves going all the same direction to help keep the feet moving forward, in one direction. I do have separate shoes for running and the gym. And yes, I would recommend you getting a foot assessment for your gym shoes too. Or at least know what type of foot you have (i.e. flat, high arch, wide, narrow, etc.)

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