|$199 for these?|
Whoa. To be fair, I've never seen these shoes other than on their website, nor have I tried them on in the store. They may be the Greatest Shoe Ever Made (doubtful), but $200? Yikes.
I went back and looked at the average price I paid for running shoes. The average was just a smidge (accounting term) over $100. The most I paid for shoes was $130 for Nike Vomeros and those were the worst shoes I've had. Too soft and my heels hurt like hell the next morning every time I ran in them. The least expensive were a pair of Asics when I started out. Those were around $85. Not great shoes, but they were serviceable and held up pretty well.
We all know the "different shoes for different runners" prophecy (pun intended). So too do we know the risks of shelling out a lot of money for shoes that suck. When you do find the shoe that fits, however, it's pretty awesome. I would also venture a bet that that's why most people stick with one specific brand of shoe.
But $200? I have to wonder if, since we're in a new Running Boom, the Mizunos, Nikes, et al., might be taking advantage of that just a bit? Maybe? A little? A smidge (literary term)?
What's your price point where you say, "Nope. Too rich for my blood. I fold."?