The Ravenna 4s were a total bust. I bought a pair of them in the spring of 2013. They felt like death warmed over on my feet and they did nothing but hurt me for the few runs I survived wearing them. It was The Saddest Thing because I LOVED my shoes and Brooks had ruined them. They live on as power walking-vanity shoes and that is that.
During this brief period of grief, I decided that if I didn’t have to switch shoes just yet, I would not. Because if anything is true about runners and shoes, once you find a good one, YOU DON’T F*** WITH IT. It’s like tempting fate. Since the Ravenna 3s had gone on sale with the new release, I ordered four pairs (which also saved me massive amounts of $$$) and got ready to wait out the storm.
So I ran my way through those four pairs of shoes. When December 2013 rolled around, I knew that my clock was up and if the Ravenna 5s weren’t My Shoe, I was going to need to get fitted and quickly. I know that this does not sound like much, but shoe fitting is always An Ordeal.
So I ordered them and crossed my fingers and what have you because sometimes that is just how things have to be.
And when they arrived, I put them on with the knowledge that either I would make it through a full run, or after 10 minutes I would be changing shoes and admitting defeat. Yes, it is seriously like that.
10 minutes later? I knew my feet had come home.
I almost cried tears of real joy about twenty minutes into my run because I could not believe how Good these shoes were. It was if they had taken the original Ravennas (the best incarnation) and finally made it to 2.0.
Considering the fact that I have probably run through 14+ pairs of these shoes, I feel like that is saying something.
I want them on my feet all the time.
So begins the hunting and pecking for coupon codes and discounts, so that I can order my shoes for the rest of 2014. If y’all know of any good Brooks/Dick’s/REI discount codes, etc. PLEASE let me know!
Runners: What shoes are you wearing these days?