I know I'll need some new shoes before the GNR, so this afternoon I toddled along to Sutton Runner. "Pair of Air Altheas, size 5," I said, with the attitude of a gal who knows what she's about. After all, I've had two pairs before and a recent review described them as "the best Althea so far".
Well, I'm glad I hadn't ordered them off the Internet or sent my husband to get them, because they are AWFUL! I haven't tried on anything as soggy since my mother tried to make me wear my cousin's hand-me-down plimsolls. No support, no cushioning, toe-box so narrow that I'd have to cut my little toe off to fit it comfortably.
After my authoritative entrance, I spent the next half hour trying on everything in the shop before emerging with a pair of Mizuno Wave Riders, which feel OK but not as good as my old Altheas. I shall give them a whirl on the treadmill at the gym tonight.
Next time I fall in love with a running shoe, I shall buy several pairs before the manufacturers tinker with the design.