And they put on the ad astra mile, always like to support shops that put organize cool events. Tho I guess that was cancelled this year.
I like the shop. They do a lot to support running in Lawrence. And Ad Astra is a great name.
Which Saucony? I have really liked the Peregrine for several years now, excellent trail running shoe.
But shoes are all about the fit, and everybody's feet are different. Shoes are one thing that I am really reluctant to buy online (unless maybe to replace a worn out pair with the same thing). I first bought Peregrines when it was model 6--don't know if they started all the way back at 1, but they change it a little each year, which can be maddening if you really like a shoe and they fiddle with it.
By the reviews, Peregrines were improved a bit each year through about model 7, then regressed a bit with the next two, 8 and ISO (instead of 9 for some reason), then the model 10 that is just out the beginning of this year is supposedly the cat's meow. So in the current situation, where it is impossible to go try them on, I ordered a pair of 10's in the same size that worked for me with 6, 7, and 8 (I skipped ISO), and crossed my fingers.
Like you, I supported my local running store (Runner's Alley) with an order over the phone yesterday, but instead of a mom delivery, I went to the store for a "curbside pickup" (called on the phone when I got there and they pushed it out the door). I walked around the house in them a bit (hoping I could return them if they didn't fit), seemed maybe ok but maybe a bit snug, took a chance and went running for an hour in them, they seem great. Whew.
Here's hoping you got a good fit too in your virtual transaction. And here's hoping your local shop and mine survive these surreal times.
Suacony Ride ISO. See: https://www.saucony.com/en/ride-iso-2/39110M.html
To get the fit right I told the store what model and size I was using. They asked a few questions about how it fit and then used that to pick our some options. I wore them around the house to get used to the feel and would return them if they felt off. Fortunately, they feel fine.
Grant at Ad Astra told me they can do virtual fitting. I didn't ask about that, but I'm guessing it is a mix of the old trace the outline of your foot + some examples of shoe sizes that work.
I don't pay a lot of attention to shoes, but it seems like the trend towards cushy shoes has taken off. The companies seem to have figured out how to make a cushy shoes that doesn't break down in a couple of weeks. They look weird.