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I purchased some lovely looking red Adidas Supernova Glide 4s at the end of July so I could start running and training for the Reading HM. Now I am no Haile Gebrselassie and in total have done 278 miles in them. i am aware that the cushion is only really good for 500 miles but I was hoping that the shoe would not fall apart before that.
Now 278 miles to me does not seem a lot so I took them back to Sweatshop who said:
1. An average of 10/15 miles per week is quite a lot - really am I secretly training at the same levels of a pro, maybe Mo best watch out.
2. These tears are quite common - then that would suggest to me that shoe makers are ripping us off by making sub standard shoes. Or if it is common then why not move the bit next to the rip over a bit.
3. That because I had mud on them I must have treated them without caution - mmmm again am I the only person who goes out after it has rained or should I be wearing plastic bags over the shoes when it rains.
After much discussion and debate I was gait analysed and appear to have gone from a neutral to an overpronation on my left leg which would cause this kind of damage and I now need mild support shoes. To be fair I was offered a discount but the selection was so poor I left without getting a new pair.
Two things have come out of this which I just want to confirm or deny.
1. Are running shoes really that fragile ?
2. Is Sweatshop still the best place to get shoes and advice ?
I still need a new set of trainers but at the moment I cannot see any reason to buy Adidas or from Sweatshop again, am I wrong ?