May 8, 2008

It is a grass root revolution! Pearl Izumi Shoes

Many people have seen Pearl Izumi clothing. You may have even seen their shoes, be it cycling or cross trainers. If you are a cyclist than you certainly have seen their jerseys, bike shorts, and various styles of arm, leg, knee, and shoe warmers. However, they are pretty new to the running shoe scene, only really getting into the market about 5 years ago.

Pearl Izumi is not big on advertising, yet you see their brand on everything from base layers, clothes, warmers, biking shoes... you name it that distinctive little PI logo sticks out.

PI has embraced grass roots marketing. As such they have contacted runners all over who have blogs and/or are active in the running community and have sent us free shoes for us to test out and report back to the community about.

Grass Roots baby. Can you dig it?

I will be posting my reviews and thoughts about the shoes here peridoically! I am really excited about this opportunity!

My first impressions of the Women's Synchroinfinity shoe.

LOVE the color.

If you know me, then you know that I love colors and the look of something. Unfortunately I am the person who sees first then goes with what is best for me. I have been known to get disappointed that my preferred running shoe only comes in blue, when I would much rather it be in some absurd color like.. oh I don't know... acid green.

Second impression: they fit WONDERFULLY! I take an 8 to an 8.5 US women's dress shoe, and a 9 to 10 in my running shoes.

My current Mizuno's are a size 10 - a full 2 sizes larger than my dress shoes. They fit well and leave plenty of room in the front for foot shifting. Not a blister or bruise since I got them.

I ordered blindly a size 10 in the PI figuring that a lot of shoe makers do not have half sizes on hand, so a 9 may be too small, a 10 may be too large. Better to be too large than small I say!

Well the 10 fits me perfectly! I full thumb and a half width from toe to end of toe box, and the shoes feel AMAZING on my feet. I cannot wait to get out for a run tomorrow and try them out!

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I am pretty excited to be able to help out PI and get some free shoes in the process. Everything happens for a reason, and this has helped keep me motivated and I am so grateful that I have this opportunity!

Keep on running!

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