Have you ever been totally obsessed with something that just doesn’t make a bit sense?
You can’t understand why and when in the past you have gotten them, for whatever reason they just didn’t work for you, but it didn’t stop you from wanting to try them – again.
It is irrational, illogical, unreasonable, unjustifiable, absurd, preposterous and all those other words that we use to describe, us wanting something and not have any valid reason for our fascination with it.
That is how I am with the Puma Mobium line of running shoes.
Once upon a time, well a couple of years ago, I was going to wear-test for Puma, but come to find out, even though I wear primarily size 8.5 or 9.0 in most running shoes, when I submitted my Brannock device photo, my actual foot size is closer 7.5 or 8.0, so I didn’t meet the sizing necessary to be a wear-tester.
I even went down to Boston and met with the good folks from Puma’s wear-test division, to see why.
Pretty simple – my feet are too small.
As a sort of get out here and stop bothering us kind of thing (plus they were really nice), they did give me a pair of prototype Mobium Rides which came out the following spring. Now I really loved those shoes, they felt fast as hell and I ran well in them and most of all the stride felt right for me, but they were too darn small. So I passed them on to SD1.
However, the fascination with the Mobium line had been kick-started.
There was something about them that just clicked for me and how I wanted to feel in my running shoes.
I went ahead and got a pair of the Mobium Elites v2 and had run well outside in them a couple of times, but the heel design wasn’t concave (yes, I heel strike) and hurt my heels to use them inside on the treadmill.
I was going to go back to using them for outside running, which didn’t seem to bother as much when the weather cleared. Only one problem, I accidentally left them on the bench at the gym the last time I ran in them, someone else decided that they liked them more than I did and they disappeared. Again, bummer.
Almost every time I look at a new pair of running shoes, I go back to look at another pair of the Mobium line – the Ride or Swiftstrike’s, but not the Elite’s. However, it doesn’t look like Puma is actively developing the Mobium line any longer and most models are a couple of years old, so I have been hesitant to pull the trigger on getting another pair and ended up going in a different direction each time.
The other night I got to thinking about the Mobium’s again when their “friends and family email came out”. I did some re-reading on all the good and bad things that were said about them, which got me to thinking about getting another pair.
Then while I was talking with D2 on Facebook, she made an offer I couldn’t refuse and we worked out the logistics of getting me a pair of Puma Mobium Swiftstrike’s as my Christmas present along with their generous 30% off Black Friday promo code – which made them a lot cheaper and less of a risk.
Now let’s be real, I don’t need another pair of running shoes, (about like I need another hole in my head), I have a 3 shoe rotation that is working great and have plenty of mileage left in them. I am also pretty sure that Bennie has already gotten me a couple of pair of running shoes that will be under the tree.
Which means that the Mobium’s are a want, definitely not a need.
However, another pair of Mobium’s will make it into the house. Hopefully, the third time, is a charm, but either way I will learn how the Mobium line works for me.
Yes, I know when it comes to shoes and probably a few other things oo, I am a bit obsessive, but my fascination with the Mobium running shoe’s are just one of those things and until I actually get a chance to do more than a few runs in them, I will always wonder – what if.
This should be interesting.