at one point i tried to transition to the on running cloud ace (maybe two years ago) because... as much as i hate to say it, the arahis are typically very ugly shoes and on makes really aesthetically pleasing shoes. that didnt go so well as i was feeling muscle / knee pain that i didnt with the arahis. i quickly abandoned the on shoes.
fast forward to now and i hit the same delima. i went to order some new arahis and ill be damned if the new model isnt uglier than the last. i decided to try the cloud ace again, and as a stronger runner now than before i still an feeling the same "pains" as before, but not as much.
this begs the question, as a mid pack runner, is it better to stick with tried and true shoe that you KNOW you run well in, or does switching to a shoe that isnt as comfortable "stretch" you as a runner and help you develop more? im swapping now from the cloud ace and the cloud stratus. i am digging the ace more than the stratus as a daily, but i plan on forcing myself to give them both a very fair shake to make sure im not just relying on a comfy shoe (the hoka arahi) to carry me through when i could be developing more as a runner.
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