Aug 2, 2017

Shoe Review: 361 Degrees Sensation 2


It's not often that a product impresses me so much I feel the need to write a post about it to tell the world! In fact, the last time I felt so passionate about any sort of fitness gear was when I discovered Skirt Sports two years ago (and I still absolutely love them!). The brand I'm writing about today is 361 Degrees.

Somehow, I'm still not sure how, my feet shrank. It's been happening over the last six months or so. I've heard of feet swelling, but not of shrinking. So it took me a while to notice that none of my shoes fit anymore. My running shoes and gym shoes are now too big and when I work out in them, my feet slide around giving me blisters and a lack of ankle stability. Last week, after only a five mile run, I developed huge blisters on my arches, even with liberal application of Body Glide. I was finally fed up. After months of getting blisters after every workout in all of my shoes, and after slowly developing pain from plantar fasciitis, I decided it was time to just foot the bill and buy new shoes.

I went to the nearest running store in my GPS still drenched in sweat from my run. I told them my problem and mentioned my plantar fasciitis and told her I just wanted a shoe that fits and feels good.

Before I go on, I want to make it clear that I know a lot about running shoes. I've run in just about every brand: Asics, Brooks, Altra, Skechers, Saucony, Hoka, Merrell, Salomon, Reebok, Nike, New Balance. I've gone through A LOT of running shoes since I run A LOT of miles. So I thought I knew just about every brand there was, until the saleslady brought out a pair of 361 Degrees Sensation 2 shoes. I was a bit wary, seeing as I have never heard of them before, but I decided to give them a try.
361 Degrees Sensation 2

Instantly, the pain in my arches and my heels (aside from the blisters, that would take treatment and draining) was gone! My feet felt amazing! They were perfectly cushioned, not too little and not too much. My arches were perfectly supported, and my heel was snugly held where it was supposed to be. And that was just standing! So, I took them out for a run around a couple blocks before I committed to them. And they performed beautifully. They made my run feel smooth and my feet weren't feeling too much impact. My feet didn't slide around at all, and they were just tight enough for me to feel secure.
No more arch pain, no more heal pain, and no more blisters! This made for a great run. I even matched colors with my Skirt Sports Hover Skirt and Racecation Tank top.
I was impressed. This was the most impressed I have ever been with a shoe before. I bought them right there and wore them home for the rest of the day. I've used them in gym workouts since then and in my Beach Body Insanity Workouts. They keep my ankle stable and keep my feet from hurting from the plyometric impact. They still perform excellent in my running, and no more blisters!
My Sensation 2's were a great choice for a day of walking at the Oregon Coast. My feet felt great, even at the end of the day!
Now I know that there isn't a one-shoe-fits-all for all feet types, but I do recommend giving this brand a try. They are so comfortable and fit well. My foot pain is almost completely gone, and that alone was well worth the cost. I love my 361 Degrees Sensation 2 shoes, that I look for every excuse to wear them! They're my new favorite kicks. Now, if I can just make sure my feet have stopped shrinking!

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