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If the running shoe fits… buy it in every color!

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Back in October, I mentioned that I had an appointment with a Pedorthist to get custom orthotics made. The appointment went really well; I learned a lot about feet from a man who really knew his stuff! And I’ve happily been wearing my orthotics in my everyday shoes (although I’m not sure what I’m going to do once sandal season hits. What do you other orthotic-wearers do about this?).

But I still haven’t put the orthotics in my running shoes. The inserts are so thick that they won’t comfortably fit inside the shoes. Finally, yesterday, I got around to buying a bigger pair:

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Above, loot from the running store: the shoes, new Thorlos (love them!), and the latest issue of Runners’ World with Kara Goucher on the front (love her too!).

This is like my fourth or fifth pair of Nike Pegasus shoes, even though I only discovered them a short time ago. What can I say? If something works for you, keep doing it! And these things feel like wearing slippers! It’s like they were made specifically for my feet (but I’m sure all their other fans would disagree with me). I was first fit for the Pegasus shoes at a running store. After the initial pair, though, I’ll buy them wherever I happen to see a super-good price (or when I find one of those nifty $25-off Sports Authority coupons). But because I wanted to be properly fit for the orthotics this time, I went back to the running store.

On this particular trip, the employee first had me try on Asics, then Brooks, then New Balance. All the while, I’m asking: “Maybe I should try Pegasus?” None of the other shoes felt right, and I began to worry that perhaps it was the fault of the orthotics, meaning no shoe would ever feel good with them in. Enter Pegasus… And they all lived happily ever after.

I used to buy running shoes based on the color. The turquoise blue shoes were always the first ones I’d try.  But you don’t have to be a runner for long to realize that after a few weeks, color becomes a moot point (especially if you have a penchant for running on grass). This time, I bought pink.


The Pink Doughnut Eater would be proud!

Speaking of things that are pink… Chocolate-Covered Meal of the Day:


Beauty Queen Oatmeal

  • Oatmeal cooked in a combination of almond milk and water
  • vanilla extract and a pinch of salt
  • lots of fresh raspberries, smushed in

And a banana on the side.

Question of the day: Is there anything that you love so much you have it in multiple colors? Aside from my sneakers, I also own some American Eagle tops, Gap tanks, and an incredibly-comfy Express sweater in every color they make.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. jcd says:

    I am glad you found shoes that fit properly. The running store I go to recommends the Nike Pegasus shoes to supronators too, so I will have to try a pair come spring when they can order my size.

  2. Jessica says:

    I have turtleneck sweaters from the Gap in at least 5 different colors, lol. They’re so comfy, and since I get cold all the time it was love at first wear! 🙂

    I wear Asics for running but I used to hate buying them because I could never find any that weren’t mostly white. I got lucky a few months ago and spotted a black/hot pink pair and snapped them right up.

  3. I have many workout clothes and tops in different colors. Same goes for tshirts that are comfy and I like to lounge in. 🙂

  4. Run Sarah says:

    Forever 21 plain tanks in every colour, they are $2.50 and perfect for layering! Like the idea of tart raspberries in oatmeal, yum!

  5. radioactivegan says:

    there was a period in my life (that still continues to some point) where I owned every pair of lee jeans in my size. they seem to be cut for my hips exactly. i’ve since focused in on a few key styles, but i still own quite a few pairs of lee (i have like 10 pairs of jeans … i’m a jeans girl).

    I do have some questions about running shoes. I am not a runner, most of the time. I occasionally run outside, but mostly at the gym. I need some new sneakers, and I’d like to find some that have no leather on them if possible. Do you know of any brands or styles that are purely man-made materials? Thanks so much for any advice you can give me!

  6. Megan says:

    Yay for new running shoes! I’m on my second pair of my Nike Zoom Vomeros– I agree, once you find a shoe that fits, keep buying it! My new pair is in “Livestrong Yellow” and it’s such a bright and cheery color. 😉

    I’m totally that way with clothes, too– if I find a shirt or sweater I like, I need it in AT LEAST two colors!

  7. do NOT fear the banana is right! aw nathan is such a cutie. having good shoes is so important, affects your entire body. i’m an aasics girls myself. oh and check out my post from 2 days ago if you get a moment, a certain package arrived!

  8. erintakescontrol says:

    I have a certain blouse style in 8 colors – black, eggplant, deep sea blue, lime green, coral, pink rose, white, and multi-colored print. JC Penney had the entire line on sale, and I love the fit and feel of the fabric, so I had to have them! 🙂

    Yay for new running shoes! It’s like Christmas everytime I buy a new pair!

  9. I loved my running shoes. I think they were the brooke’s adrenaline?
    I have custom orthodics and I love them too. Now that I’m going to be a lifeguard, I’m not sure what I’ll do about flip-flops. My tendon is at risk of tearing again without support, so hopefully we can both find a pair that work!

    My doctor recommended croc’s; he said they make a flip flop you can put orthodics in. I’ll check it out and let you know!

  10. Evan Thomas says:

    When i was little, I always had to buy ever “color” of pokemon video game. Silver, gold, yellow, blue, red. It was a lot of money thinking back!

  11. Aw, is Nathan your cousin?

    I have this one t-shirt top from Nordstrom’s that I buy in a new color every time I go. It’s loose fitting and comfy, but it still has a shape and style. And goes great with ANYTHING! Blazers, jeans, sweatpants, skirts, you name it.

  12. Shannon says:

    yes, the joy of finding sneaks that fit your orthotics… stinks. but after the initial fitting i buy them online at discounts 🙂 i don’t really wear sandals anymore, as my knees/feet hurt when i don’t wear my orthotics. I recently switched to eSoles, and can get them so they fit certain sandals. But they aren’t cheap, and aren’t as cute ;(

  13. Adam says:

    Haha, story of my life. I am glad to hear another runner feels the same way i do about purchasing the same right pair of shoes over and over again… However, lately i had been looking for a change, i have worn asics for the past 4 years and love them enough to have purchased the same pair 3 times. BUT, i also over-wear my shoes by a good 400 miles every time, which is not good for my feet but good news for my wallet. I just put in an order for a pair of vibram five-fingers and i an pretty scared… I love running store loot though, it makes my week! I am thinking those pancakes will be a dinner i will have time to make tonight! Can’t wait…

  14. Leah says:

    I own multiples of many j-crew basic shirts and turtlenecks…they fit sooo perfectly and come in great colors! same with gap basic shirts and sweaters…
    also, aren’t thorlo socks so amazing?!? my mom doesn’t understand why i need 12 dollar running socks, but once you run in them, you can never go back to walmart socks…

  15. Just got myself a pair of nice running shoes……exercise time! LOL!

  16. I agree with the color thingy, if you find a great clothing/shoe item in one color why not buy more in other colors!

    Pretty pink oatmeal!

  17. caronae says:

    I totally feel you on wanting to stick with what works! I have been in mizunos for years and this past fall a running store lady insisted i needed these aasics. I hated them and ended up injured! Never. Leaving. My. Beloved. Mizunos. Again!

  18. That’s a great issue!! I learned a lot from it (you know how people say if you can’t do, teach.. well if you can’t run, read all about it haha).
    Asics are my favorite and I agree, once you find the shoe that works for you, stick with it. I used to buy based on color too but now… doesn’t really matter ha
    And AE tanks… one in every color.

  19. lisa says:

    haha! I just wrote about running shoes too! I wear Asics though. I’m on my 3rd model but Asics work best for me. I have orthotics too, but they were made for athletic shoes. Since I’ve only had them for a few months, I haven’t had to deal with summer shoes yet and I have worn my sneakers the most. Since I dealt with two stress fractures late last year, I won’t be wearing flip-flops or many sandles anymore (unfortunately) and will have to look for shoes with more support. It sucks, but I’d rather have feet that don’t hurt!! They have to carry me through a lot of miles still!

    I have a v-neck tissue tee from J Crew in two colors but wish I had it in more!

  20. Katie says:

    I also have 3 pairs of the same running shoe in different colors. They wear out…and I know what I like!

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