I am having a right mare at the moment and need your help!
I started running as a complete beginner in December 2015. I am normally a 5.5 (UK) in usual shoes. I saw a junior (I know, I know, bad move!) pair of New Balance running shoes on sale and bought them. I started running but found myself getting blisters on my toes and on the inside of my feet towards the underside.
Not a problem, I thought. I instead bought adult New Balance shoes in a UK size 6.
The blisters on my toes were long gone, but I kept getting the same ones on the inside of my feet after running more than 5k.
I managed to get a 10k race done in September 2016 but at a slow speed given I was leaving weeks between runs to let my blisters heal each time.
I made it my new year mission to get a proper gait analysis and new shoes. At the beginning of March 2017, I went to my local Run and Become store as I wanted to have a gait analysis done on the road, not treadmill as I never treadmill run.
I told the lady that I have knock knees which I think could be contributing to the issues. She watched me run and said unsurprisingly I'm a 'huge' over pronator, rolling my feet inwards when I run, hence the blisters. After trying on many, many shoes, I was matched with Brooks Adrenaline GT16's, UK size 7.5. They felt great and I broke and them in with an easy mile as advised. I even invested in cushioned, anti blister running shoes.
To my complete shock, on Sunday after running just 4 miles and being in no pain whatsoever, I took my shoes off to see blisters in the exact same place (albeit smaller ones than usual).
I took them straight back to Run and Become on Monday. The staff were baffled as they thought the shoes looked like a good fit on, although after watching me run admitted I was still overpronating in them.
Once again I tried on a variety of shoes. I was eventually matched with Mizonu Wave Alchemy 12's in MENS size 7. They gave me men's because they said my feet are wide and flat.
I tried them out tonight. They came laced pretty tightly so they felt a little tight around outside of feet but just made a mental note to re lace them later. Sadly, after around 20 minutes and just 3.5km of running, I could feel the familiar sensation of burning where I've been getting my blisters. Low and behold, I take my running shoes off and blisters in the same place. AGAIN.
Please can someone help me because I feel upset over all this. I want to run a half marathon in October but this feels totally unachiveable. The staff in the shop mentioned seeing a podiatrist to get specialist insoles made, but I imagine this will be VERY expensive and not to mention I don't know what type of running shoes I am supposed to buy to get insoles put into!?