I get asked (frequently) about my constant obsession with enhancing my pricey running shoes. "Aren't you afraid of ruining those expensive shoes?" (No, the extra color makes them more valuable, in my opinion) "Why not just leave 'well enough' alone?" (Because 'well enough' for you is 'boring' to me) "Is all that extra color really necessary?" (Umm, yes!)
I recently acquired a new pair of running shoes, Mizuno Wave Inspire 11's. Yes, they were already very stylish and pretty. But, Hello! They came with boring laces that kind of just blended in. And, although I like the silver Mizuno logo, it really didn't stand out much against the light teal green background. What's a color-obsessed gal to do? I snagged some fun orange laces in a store, and grabbed a matching Sharpie marker and colored in some of the sole (and added some shimmer to the silver trim). Problem solved.
Rest assured, this was not the first time I have taken it upon myself to fix a similar problem. I envy fellow runners who seem to have an endless selection of festive shoes in a (bright) rainbow of color options. It seems like the shoes that fit me best just do not have the color options I desire. And actually OK with that. I kind of like the challenge of making each pair of shoes MINE and mine alone.
Here's a sampling of what the art geek in me has done to other pairs of running shoes...
Onward to the Nike Structure 15's. I really loved the magenta accents on these.....but that's where the color stopped. I Sharpied up the soles with lime green (which has also dramatically faded), colored in the swoosh and did my patented "lace swap" on these as well.
These are Nike Tailwind 4's...and they also came with grey laces...can you see a pattern here? These shoes have had lime green laces and pink laces, and are currently sporting yellow laces. I got these for a steal-of-a-price at an outlet store, and use them only for short runs (nothing further than 3 miles). They did land me a PR last summer, though, on the 4th of July, and we brought home the 2nd place AG medal.
What do you think? Am I crazy? or just CrEaTiVe?
Have you ever "enhanced" a pair of shoes? Do bright shoes make you happy? Or are you a "neutral" color person?