How many types of running shoes does one runner need? I have my standard training road shoes, my speed-work shoes, trail shoes, fell shoes, track spikes and cross country spikes. And they say running is free - lies. Unsurprisingly it’s always my standard training shoes that wear out the fastest so I’m once again in need of a new pair. Since I’m an ambassador for Blacks I also think it’s probably no longer acceptable to wear running shoes until my toes are poking out the sides!
I’ve decided to give adidas Terrex Parley shoes a bash. They certainly tick the ‘looking flashy’ box - they are probably the loveliest looking running shoes I’ve ever had actually, maybe on a par with my track spikes (but opportunities to wear those are getting rarer as my baby belly gets bigger). Unfortunately, as my hair will attest, looking good is not at the top of my priority list so I put the shoes to the comfort test (with my extra stone and a half of baby/bagel weight for good measure) and started them out with my four mile run commute.
More than just a Pretty Shoe
But before I go into their performance, you should know what makes these shoes quite so special and really attracted me to them. I’m a big advocate of reducing plastic waste, I’m quite obsessed with sea life - sharks especially - and am disgusted and guilt-strewn by how much plastic we chuck into our oceans. Facebook is chocka with videos showing new inventive ways of recycling plastic (furniture, road surfacing, bikes…) but none of them seem to have yet infiltrated day to day life. Can you guess where this is going? Yes, the uppers of my new nifty running shoes are woven from the equivalent of 11 plastic bottles reclaimed or intercepted from the ocean. I’ve never seen plastic bottles look so good. It may also shock you to know I’m not the only person with a pair of these, adidas have so far sold over a million pairs. So 11 million less plastic bottles are in our oceans right now because of them. Can I get a YEEHAW!
So it was with a heavy helping of hope that I donned these shoes and set out on their inaugural run as I willed them to be environmentally marvelous AND good running shoes in their own right.
Alas, half a mile in my feet were in so much pain. On inspection, it appeared I’d done the laces up tighter than a Victorian corset. A little loosening and the relief was immediate. The remainder of the run was nothing but a total pleasure, especially pleased that adidas have kept their Continental Rubber outsoles so grip on wet tarmac is still tip-top. I intend to get some more runs done and report back (although I usually find I get on with shoes straight away or I never will so I’m optimistic that these will make a glorious addition to my swollen running shoe collection). Not sure how long I can manage to keep them this clean though, I’m a mud magnet.
I’m seriously impressed with adidas for leading the way on ocean-friendly sportswear, but they can’t do it alone. I try to reduce my plastic waste - reusing shopping bags, using a sports bottle for water when out and about, biodegradable sarnie bags, you know - the easy stuff like that. I’m using these shoes to give myself a kick up the bum and make even more of an effort - who’s with me? Let’s save the sharks!