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These are great shoes.
I was convinced to stop wearing my Asics, by a professional running shoe shop and I got a stress fracture in my hip. I now have two pairs of Kayano 18's which I am training for a marathon with and will never ever change again. It was the worst year of my life, 2 operations and no running for 18months!
I replaced my GT2150 to the Kayano 18 back in January. I was very sceptical at first about changing - I'd been suffering a lot from sore calfs and shins and my groin, and I had read reviews which mentioned that the women's version comes up quite narrow which could be an issue for me as I have very wide and large feet (flippers ).
So the verdict... I absolutely love them! To date I have done just over 400 miles in them, they have seen me through long winter training culminating in my first half marathon in April injury and pain free. The lady in the Asics store warned me they could potentially take a while to wear in and to be ready for blisters, but luckily I did not suffer a single one. I have done a handful of off road sessions in them and they were terrible! But they are a road shoe so completely forgiven!
So for me they have been an absolute god send, so much so that I recently bought another pair ready for the autumn / winter training to start again. Lovely shoe, unfortunate that they are so expensive but I think they are worth every penny.
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