The last thing I need is a new pair of running shoes. I’m the first to admit that. So, when Nike called inviting me to their Flyknit experience at Somerset House and said I could try the new shoes on a run, but not keep them… BINGO! Hoarders *running shoes special episode* avoided.
Nike has taken over Somerset House for 3 days to showcase their new shoes. Built with racing technology (read: what Mo Farah wears) on a more structured base (read: what the rest of us Sunday joggers wear) they’ve definitely got the wow factor along with some decent technology to keep your feet happy.
The best part of the night was hanging out with fellow blogger and runners Laura, Charlotte & Emma, Leah and so many others I recognized in the big crowd of ladies keen to run. After listening to some running tips from Paula Radcliffe and Charlie Dark we were off on a true Nike style night run around the Thames. Lots of music stops along the way, stair sprints, squats, and even a beatbox battle in the graffiti tunnels on Southbank. I ran along at a gossip-pace with the others (helped that most of them are training for marathons and ran 16 miles the day before…) and it was a great chance to catch up and trade running stories. It got me really excited for the Write This Run blogging conference in May.
Back at Somerset House there was champagne, beer and food waiting for us and we all left with an Elle UK giftbag.
The review: The flyknits are steam-fit to your feet which is a good thing for anyone with feet as narrow as mine. In my experience, Nike’s usually run wide in their fit, so these should be a good option for someone like me. During the 6k run I felt great and my feet light, so if/when I’m in the market for new shoes (probably next payday let’s be honest) these are officially on my list.