Tag Archives: buying running shoes

Product Review: Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 shoe @ UnderArmourAust

10 May

I have been a bit slack on my blog posts in the last week or two. Life has been busy and got in the way I’m afraid! I’ve been doing some running and pushing on with trail running as well as starting my LCHF eating plan – more on that soon.

Anyway a little while ago Running Heroes sent me some shoes from Under Armour for me to test and write about. You’ll see my review below.

Before I go any further please note that I was not paid to write this article and my opinions are real and all my own – just in case you were wondering! 

Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 Shoe

So when my parcel arrived from Running Heroes – naturally I was very excited as I love new running gear, and when I opened the box I was not disappointed where colour was concerned – the shoes I was sent were a lovely turquoise blue with a pink inner lining – perfect for me.

Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 shoe

Colour and Aesthetics

The shoe does come in 12 different colours but I quite like the one I was sent as some of the other colours are either way out there or too bland for me. It is quite a light shoe in weight compared to my usual Kayanos and the top back of the shoe where I have been used to it being really sturdy feels quite soft and lightweight which was an initial concern to me needing stability.

There is plenty of padding at the bottom on the sole of the shoe which is a good thing for me as a lot of shoes I see now are very flat looking and I know I wouldn’t get on with them having had issues with very lightweight shoes.

Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 shoe

Testing it out

Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 shoe

Just about to go for a session in my shoes

I tried running in the Gemini 2 a number of times and did different types of runs on different types of terrains to test them out including a speed session, a short session, on the road and across fields/grass.

The shoes felt light and comfortable, and whilst I’m not used to lighter shoes they felt stable to run in. When running in them it definitely felt like there was added support which I quite like and I also felt quite nimble on my feet so they worked well in my speed session.

One thing to note is that the shoe has an embedded sockliner which means you can’t remove the insole. For me that was an issue  because I wear orthotics so with this shoe I can’t wear them when wearing the shoe – so I probably wouldn’t wear these on a longer run or should have asked for a larger size so I could fit them in with more room. It’s not a deal breaker but if you wear orthotics make note of this comment to potentially go up a size.


I felt very light on my feet and like I was quite bouncy and I have enjoyed running in the shoes.


> Great selection of colours

> Nice light shoe but with support and comfortable to run in

> If you are a techno person then there is a Record Equipped version which comes with a chip embedded in the shoe and will give you all sorts of metrics in relation to your run.

> The price is quite reasonable at $225


> For me the main issue is not being able to wear my orthotics in these shoes – however had I ordered a larger size that wouldn’t have been an issue – so if you wear orthotics consider this when buying them.


Note to self: don’t change your trainers at the advice of someone not qualified!

15 Feb

Last week I had issues with a blister because I wore old socks. it seems I am making a few mistakes lately as I found about 6 days ago that my ankle started to get sore. I assumed it was my orthotics needing attention and I pushed on to do a long run and really found it painful.

I was meant to do a 14k last Thursday and had to stop after 7k as I kept feeling niggles. I have got to the point now that when something doesn’t feel right in my running,it usually isn’t. So the next day I got on the phone to a podiatrist in Woollongabba at The Podiatry Practice as my usual guy was on holidays and I went in.

Asics Kayano

I have worn the Asics Kayano for a few years now and someone told me I was wearing the wrong shoe and I should have stuck with what I had! Lesson Learned!

My podiatrist said basically that in changing my trainers a few weeks ago (to cut a long story short the girl in the shop said wearing Kayano’s was wrong as they were not neutral and that I should wear a Saucony shoe) I had basically caused some tendonitis in my ankle and thrown my foot out a bit. So I left his office with my foot tightly bound, Kayano’s back on with the promise not to wear my lovely bright blue and pink Saucony running shoes.  He said that the Kayano was perfect for what I needed or a Brooks top end shoe – something solid not lightweight like a lot of the shoes now tend to be.

The binding on the foot was actually painful that he put on so I was naughty and took it off and then on Saturday ran 14k. I found wearing my old shoes the inside of my foot was rubbing again – argh! So not happy as my foot was sore but I finished the run. Then as luck would have it this morning I was meant to run 10k but work up with a temperature and a bit of a cold coming on so decided not to run so my foot got a rest. So all in all it has been a week of not 100% great running but I am still pushing on and learning from the mistakes I made yet again.

Lessons learned from all of this

1. Listen to a qualified professional when it comes to your feet/body. Just because someone works with selling shoes it doesn’t mean they know your feet and their history and also how severe your orthotics/conditions are.

2. Know when to stop. If it hurts – don’t push through. Stop. I’m glad I stopped as it could have been a whole lot worse.

3. Don’t be disheartened by setbacks. It’s better to sort things out now than have things go wrong half way through a race. I’ve got plenty of time before my marathon – so thankful that this has happened now and that I can still run.

Hope you had a great week of Running!  I’m hoping next week will be better 🙂