So happy to be running again in my favorite brand of trail running shoes. Salomon Speedcross 4s. Sorry fat ass Hokas, but I’m not a fan of big, bulky running shoes. I might even blame those Hokas for my lower back pain. Never had lower back pain before. Then, after training in those wide-sole shoes for a few months, suddenly my back hurts.
I’m serious about blaming those shoes as a possible cause. I’m a runner. If something’s wrong, blame the shoes. I know it’s counter-intuitive because Hokas are so massively cushioned, but soft shoes aren’t necessarily good. They forced me to land on my heel more than I normally would. That jarred and ultimately compressed my spine.
These new Salomons, from the first step, have me running in my old forefoot-landing form. I don’t hurt nearly as much at the end of my run, even though their sole is much harder. They promote the correct form, at least for me.
You might think I have no business dispensing such advice on running shoes and their relationship to injury. I don’t claim to be a certified coach, or qualified sports physician. If you expect professional opinions from me, then you’re the fool. As an experienced runner, I live and breathe anecdotal evidence. That’s what runners do. We know how a shoe makes us feel. And man, these Salomons make me feel good.
Product endorsement, followed by a disclaimer–you are a pro! My hiking boots are Salomon X-Ultras, literally the most comfortable shoes I own. But because those mid-ankle boots seemed occasionally out of place–for example, taking my wife out to dinner–I bought a pair of Salomon X-Ultra Low’s. Don’t get the same ankle support, but still a good pair of shoes. They’ve got that same unusual lacing system I see in you pic. Didn’t like it at first, but got used to it. I am a little surprised to see your trail running shoes weighing in at 0.5 oz heavier than my hiking shoes by the same manufacturer. That has to be wrong. Happy Trails!
Ed Mahoney said:
Those are some nice hiking boots.