Modifying My Brooks Ghost 10
Well back in the day we used to be amateur cobblers out of necessity, if we wanted the shoes that were available to actually work for us, we had to make them work.
When my new Brooks Ghost 10’s decided they wanted to abuse my right Achilles by blistering it enough that I couldn’t wear them or any other shoes (except my Hoka Infinite’s) without a good deal of discomfort.
It meant going old school and modifying the right shoe, so it wouldn’t cause anymore blisters – if I could.
Blisters they aren’t that big a deal are they?
They are more of a pain in the arse, but it is something that I haven’t had happen all that often over the past several years. So it isn’t something that I have worried about all that much.
I don’t blame the Brooks Ghost 10’s for blistering my foot…I blame myself for buying a style of running shoe that has a rounded heel counter. Especially, when I know that I have had issues in the past with that kind of heel counter and almost always avoid them when I can and I could have.
Let’s get a couple of things straight, I like the way I run in the Brooks Ghost 10’s, but when they created a blister on my right Achilles, it hurt to to run in them and once I ran in them outside, according to the return instructions from where I purchased them – I can’t return them, (one of those old catch-22’s you don’t know how well a shoe will perform for you until you actually run it a few times).
However, it gives me the freedom to make the Ghost 10’s my own.
In other words I can go back to my amateur cobbler roots and make the Ghost 10’s into running shoes that will work for me.
So I began by cutting open the heel of the right shoe and started taking the foam out. It took a bit to cut out the foam and form the heel counter to be more comfortable for me and my tender feel.
Below is the first cull.
I wandered around the house with the Ghost’s on and pretty quickly knew that I had to take more material out of the heel.
After removing the extra material the second time, it did fit a LOT better. Although I will have to wait a couple more days for the blistered Achilles to finish healing up. I attempted to make more of a heel notch than a rounded heel. If they feel comfortable I will sew up the back, so it won’t come apart.
Unfortunately, whether these Ghost 10’s work great or blow-up on me it won’t matter. I am not going to be buying another pair of these shoes due to the heel design and I am not going to play amateur cobbler every time I get a pair of new shoes – I shouldn’t have to. Once in a while – it ain’t a bad thing, but not on a regular basis.
Oh well, that is the way it works sometimes.
Hopefully, this does work and I can run in them for a couple of months, so I can delay having to buy, yet another pair of running shoes. Mary will be happier with me and sometimes that is a big deal.
If it doesn’t work, I have a feeling that there might be a road trip to Bangor and Triathlon Sports and maybe go through an entire fitting process to get a pair of Hoka’s. I think I need to actually try on the next pair to ensure the fit and forego ordering online for a while.