Full Disclosure: Karhu is my shoe sponsor.
Disclosure: if you know anything about me you will now I say it how it
is. So, if these shoes sucked, well, I might put it in the most
diplomatic way possible, but I would tell you they suck. Or I would
probably not write a review. Fortunately, they far from suck. They are also resilient. More on that in a bit.
(And if you stick around to the end of this review, I have a 15% off code for you to use! Erinomaista! That is Finnish for Excellent. Or at least I think it is.)
I am a heel striker. I won't say proudly because there is no pride in doing something which comes naturally. However, it is how I run and it has given me zero problems over 146 marathons and a few other running adventures. The Steady is a shoe built for those who strike as such so I thought I would give it a try. Granted it is engineered for everyday stability training and I am not one who normally needs a "stability" shoe, but it couldn't hurt to give it a go.
out this video from my man Jordan for a quick tutorial on The Steady and The Fluid which I reviewed here.)
While, the Steady provides support through the medial midfoot for
runners who require more guidance and may pronate a bit, I did not feel like it was pushing me over, even though I do not overpronate. In fact, it was such a nice cushioned ride I couldn't believe the shoe weighed as little as it did. I was eager to give them another run later on that day. This first run had contained a few small rises, all on pavement for about 9 miles. I planned on a shorter, faster run, some on it on dirt with twists and turns through nearby Laurelhurst Park in the evening. Then, my stupidity kicked in.
I set the Steady3 next to my fireplace. Too close to my fireplace. Whoops.
Now the question began, how can I possibly review a shoe that I have damaged. One run is not nearly good enough to give ample feedback to people. Then I realized that perhaps the damage was only cosmetic and the only way to find out was to give them a go. Well, I am unsure if it was my imagination but I think the damage went a little deeper than the surface. It felt like I had definitely damaged the shoe. Then I had to stop at a stoplight which really bothers me for no rational reason and I lost my train of thought. I then had to jump over an enormous puddle and around some branches strewn on the ground from the monsoon we have been having in Portland.
Next thing I knew I was in Laurelhurst Park. I run this park when I want a nice safe and easy run where I can add one mile loops as I feel fit. Since my Dane to Davenport ended I have run this repeatedly as I haven't had much pop in my legs. Every time I have run it, however, I have run it faster than the previous time. I could tell that I was going to be close to keeping that streak alive here so I really focused in on my stride, my arm swing, my breathing and where my feet were falling.
My Feet! They are in burnt shoes! I had absolutely forgotten about the shoes. If I really concentrated I think I could feel where I had done the damage but maybe I was thinking too much.
So, I thought lets give them another run. Obviously I do not want to run in shoes which are going to be harmful (because of my stupidity) so too many more runs would be counter-productive. But a run up nearby Mt. Tabor, which would be completely different than either of the other two runs, would really give me more feedback. On a sidenote, I could not believe it had been nearly two months since I ran this route up Mt. Tabor (about a mile from my loft.) That gives you an idea of how much I travel, I guess.
The Steady performed admirably. However, I did notice that they were a little less "grippy" than I would like to be but that could have been a combination of the fact that the pavement was slick from rain and that I only had about 18 miles on the treads. Perhaps I had not sufficiently scuffed them up yet. Or maybe shoes are always a little slippy on wet pavement and I never cared when I wasn't being ultra-sensitive to how they fit and wore.
Will I make the Steady part of my must-have arsenal? Well, as I mentioned, I don't overpronate so the need for a shoe that helps correct that is not high on my list. I do, however, think they are a darn good shoe. I will also use them as part of my rotating Karhu collection as I begin my post-Dane to Davenport ramp-up in speed. Even with the burnt outside (chicks dig scars, right?) I think the shoes will suit me just fine.
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