The Tuesday Kick: Is it my imagination or do your feet look fat?

Do these shoes make my feet look heavy?

The shoe

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16

The official description

Running Times says the Gel-DS trainer offers not only a wider toe box (than previous versions), but a lighter and more energetic feel.  But, adds the publication, “compared to other moderate minimalists in this test, this shoe has considerably more girth.”

Hmmm…are they calling this shoe…uh, hefty?

Who wears it

Kaitlyn Grace Sweeney trains on the trails and roads of Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she’s currently enrolled in the university, studying law and biochemistry, as well as running with the school’s cross-country team.

The 25-year-old’s biggest, personal running achievement to date, however, is her first marathon last October.  At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, she ran 3:11:37 in her debut. Having qualified, she hopes to run the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Why she likes them

Sweeney says that compared to some of the more lightweight shoes, the cushioning in the Gel-DS’s reduce the impact of high mileage weeks and overall post some noticeable reductions in recovery time.  And that, Sweeney says, is “an undervalued currency.”

Plus, she likes the fact that Deena Kastor runs in Gel-DS trainers as well. Psychologically, it doesn’t hurt to know you’re almost literally following in the footsteps of a marathon icon.

Fat shoes? Maybe. But their “girth” obviously isn’t slowing down Sweeney any.


About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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