These guys have served me well and I have had no significant injuries in them so far so I made the decision to buy the exact same shoe online. This meant I got last years shoe at a big discount which is ace as I'm broke :) I have supported running shops in the past and most probably will again in the future but right now due to the financial realities of being a working single parent of teens I am not in a position to spend 135 euro on runners I can get for 70 online. I will continue to pay my taxes, give to charity etc. but I'm just not a complete mug!
Can't wait to give the new one's a run out but yesterday, in the rain, on the curragh was not the time. In fact I didn't even wear the dirty ones so that's not even why they are filthy! I always wear a less cushioned shoe on the grass as I don't feel I need it as much and when it's wet or uneven I'm much more concerned about grip and contact with the ground than cushioning. I'm liable to topple over at the least provocation at the best of times so I need all the help I can get on uneven ground.