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When you run a long way your choice of shoe is important.

For years I was running in the same model of shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger, and loved them. Whether on the trails they were built for or even on the road, they were a perfect fit for my feet and they always did the job. I swapped them out every 800 to 1000 kilometers and wore a bunch of different colors over the course of a couple of years.

I started in the Terra Kiger 3’s and then, as Nike is want to do, these were replaced in stores by the Terra Kiger 4’s. Same-ish shoe, same-ish fit, a couple of modifications to the tongue and the lacing, but otherwise still just as good.

When I picked up again this year, I needed a new pair of shoes as my Terra Kiger 4’s were on their last legs. It had been a while since I had bought new shoes and, logging on to the Nike store, I found that the trust 4’s had been replaced by the Terra Kiger 5’s and even Terra Kiger 6’s.

Ugh.

I wasn’t sure if, two generations later, they would fit the same and so I took the decision – a big one for a runner – to change the model and go for something new. 

New start, new me, new shoes – this was my thinking.

I settled on the Nike Pegasus Trail 36, a slightly slimmer shoe than the wide Terra Kiger, but it had good reviews and I liked the look of it. It looked like it would do well on the trails close to home and it seemed to have some sort of trail running pedigree as it came emblazoned with the flags of Italy, Switzerland, and France, an homage to the UTMB.

I’m not one to run high mountain ultras like that but I appreciate the nod to the race, and the shoes fit well. I put a couple of miles on them in January, February, and the start of March, and I’m looking forward to busting them out again as soon as this lockdown is over on Monday.

But the thing about buying shoes is that, once you find a good fit and a nice shoe, there’s always a chance that the company is going to change up the fit, add some new bell or shiny whistle, and all of a sudden your great shoe is gone, replaced by some monstrosity that the R&D boys thought would work but never bothered testing.

Hence, like many runners, I’ve collected a couple more pairs of the same shoe in the same size that, for the moment, are stored in their bright orange Nike boxes under my bed. They’ll come out into the sunlight and onto the trails when the current pair wears out, and I’ll keep my eyes open for other pairs in my size on sale in the meantime. 

As they old advertising slogan goes, when you’re onto a good thing, stick to it.

Photo Credit: Nike