Well I finally got new running shoes and this is what happened! I had been wearing the same shoes for over a year. You are "supposed" to change shoes every 300-500 miles. And while I did not keep close track of how many miles I had put on my shoes I know it had to be more than 300 miles because just in this training alone I had put 129 miles on my shoes before buying new ones. And that was in a 7 week period, so I think it is safe to say in a year I had hit the 300 mile mark. I went into my local running store and told the sales lady that I needed new shoes. She asked me if I had any complaints about my current shoes. I mentioned that I get blisters on the tops of my toes. She checked the fit of my current shoes and said they were long enough so she was going to put me in a different brand with a bigger toe box. I thought that sounded great, so I bought some Asics. They felt good in the store, so off I went. I ran 3 miles in them and felt great. But when I headed out for my 5.5 mile run a few days later I could feel the shoe rubbing on my arch. I cut the run a little short, knowing I had a 12 mile run looming on the weekend. I thought the problem was my sock. I was runnign in a thicker sock on teh 5.5 mile day than on the 3 mile day. On the 12 mile run I wore thicker socks and heade out on a loop. I could feel the shoe rubbing my arch, but thought it was because it was already irritated. I adjusted my sock, I changed my gait, I walked some, I ran faster, I ran slower....none of it helped. I was on a loop with a group, so I just kept going. At the end of the run I pulled my shoes off and found this blister! OUCH! It hurt as bad as it looks. I did not even go home before I went back by the running store and showed the sales man my issue. He announced I was in the wrong shoe. I guess so! He said they did not have any the new model of my original shoes in stock, but could have a pair from their other store there in a few days. Perfect! I went back, used shoes in hand, and they gave me a brand new pair of New Balance. YEAH! I have since run 17 happy miles. I am so thankful I bought my shoes from a specialty shop with such great customer service.