I bought a new pair of running shoes two weeks ago. I tried on three pairs, all different brands and ended up with the Saucony Guide 5.
Aren't they pretty? They smell good too. Randy caught me sniffing them, he just rolled his eyes and shook his head.
The first time I wore them, I felt something pressing into my ankle bone on both ankles. Not cool. I compared the shape of the shoe with the Omni that I'm wearing and the shape isn't all that different. Then I saw it. The tongue of the Guide is
I wore them again a few days later and I positioned the tongues to the side to begin with. No problems.
At the expo for the Columbus Marathon, I asked the rep at the Saucony booth about the ridiculously wide tongues. He lifted his pants a little so I could see his shoes with tongues to the side.
Otherwise, the shoes feel great. Nice and cushy, the right amount of support and the colors are cute. (Obviously, the color is the most important part!) But (oh come on, you knew there was a but) the Guide 6 comes out next month, which means next time I need new shoes, it will be yet another experiment. Sigh.
Does it drive you crazy that the shoe companies come out with a new version for all shoes every year? I, for one, would really like to find a shoe that I love and be able to buy it every time I need it for the rest of my life. Is that asking too much?!