Shoe love!! My Karrimor D30 Excels!


Oh shoe of wonder!
Oh shoe of wonder!

I love most of my shoes to be honest…. but thats mainly because I think they look pretty and therefore I look pretty with them on my feet! Not my Karrimor’s… don’t get me wrong its not like they are particularly ugly running shoes… I think they are quite cool, but I love them for a different reason. I love them because they don’t hurt!

Pretty much every shoe I have ever owned has given me a blister at some point. Whether they are my high heels, my trainers, my boots, my dolly shoes or even my flip flops! They all rub! Sometimes unbearably! NOT MY WONDERFUL KARRIMORS! They have yet to give me any trace of a blister and I have been running good miles in them for a good couple of months now!

I haven’t been able to find very many Karrimor D30 Excel reviews online. Probably because they are not a particularly popular make of running shoe, but I can honestly say that for my feet, these shoes are perfect. They feel light, but they don’t slip, they have plenty of cushioning both for the soles of my feet as they hit the pavement and for the sides and top of my feet that are cooped up in the shoe. As mentioned, they have yet to rub, which is unusual for me, and I put this down to the lovely gel cushioning they have around the heel.

Karrimor’s I love you! And I shall continue to wear you happily until my feet tell me otherwise!

Shoe love! Me in my Karrimor's and Gid in his Asics!
Shoe love! Me in my Karrimor’s and Gid in his Asics!

New shoes…

This week started out quite tough, Gideon and I ran on both Monday and Wednesday after work, but both times our legs were wrecked by the time we had even made it a mile. For me, it was shin splints and then seized up calf muscles. For Gid, it was also pain in the calf muscles.

On Monday we put it down to just a bad day, we probably hadn’t eaten right, or were dehydrated, or still tired from last week, we figured a rest on Tuesday would be enough to get us back on track on Wednesday.

Wednesday came and we were ready for a run – excited even (if you can  believe that) – but straight away I knew that the rest on Tuesday hadn’t been enough. I managed a mile with the shin splints, but as soon as the cramping in my calf hit as well that was it for me. Gideon was also experiencing the same calf pain as Monday, so we called it quits again and went home wondering what – if anything – we could do. After talking, and researching, we decided to bite the bullet and buy some proper running shoes, in the hope that these would help ease the pressure we have been subjecting our poor leg muscles too lately. We both run in trainers currently, not specialised running shoes, and to begin with this was fine, but as we up the mileage and distances each week we have definitely noticed the strain on our legs.

New Asics Gel Essential neutral running shoes for Gideon!
New Asics Gel Essential neutral running shoes for Gideon!

Hopefully the new running shoes will help keep our legs happy as we put them through their paces. This evening we are planning a nice flat 5k along the bay to test out the new shoes, and i’ll report back soon with a full review and  to let you know how we got on. I really hope that the new shoes help, because we have our very first 5k race coming up one month from today, and we would really like to improve on our current time and not have any injuries in the run up to this!

Karrimor D30 women's running shoes for me!
Karrimor D30 women’s running shoes for me!