A few weeks ago I took a lot at my training log, more specifically my shoe log. I track all of my shoes in my personal training log. I don’t know if Strava or Garmin Connect does either, but I have a feeling they do (I don’t use either). I just add what shoe I’ve used on my excel training log.
Here is the shoe breakdown:
Since 2011 and beginning to run I’ve gone through 62 pairs of shoes:
20 pairs of Newtons
14 Saucony (5 pairs of racing flats)
13 pairs of Nikes (of those 6 were flats, one spikes)
1 New balance (but only 5 miles)
1 Mizuno (only on the alter-G)
I ran in Newtons almost exclusively for the first few years I ran. While I wasn’t injured because of the shoe, they weren’t the perfect fit either. When Newtons went exclusively from 4 lugs to 5, I decided the price point wasn’t worth it to me. I didn’t love the shoe, and I knew I could find a better and cheaper fit.
I’ve run in the Saucony ISO Triumph one and two, the zealot, the Kinvara, type A6 and now just type A). I’ve said many times recently, I liked how light weight but cushioned Saucony is. I like feeling the ground but knowing I’m not sacrificing cushion. Right now Saucony is my current brand of choice.
Nike seems to be the brand I seem to have had one shoe in my rotation throughout running. My very first running shoe was the Nike Pegasus. I’ve run in 4 pairs of Nike Pegasus, a pair of Vomero, a pair of “fly knit racers” and several pairs of flats and spikes.
I’ve run in a couple of Nike waffle racers. In fact as embarrassing as this is for me to admit, the Nike waffle was the shoe I ran my first marathon in. I didn’t know much better and would never do that again. The Nike waffle racer is meant to run cross country races, not a marathon.
I’ve run in a few models of Asics. The Asics Quantum, Nimbus and most recently the FuzeX. I like the gel of Asics and being able to feel the cushion underneath my feet. With certain models of Asics, instep will not work well for my foot. I have a high arch and instep and do better with the seamless designs.
I was given Altra shoes for the Runners World Half in October. I ran 100 miles in both models but ultimately found I didn’t like the zero drop as much. I liked more cushion and a firmer shoe. They are more towards the minimalist route. They work for a lot of people but not for me.
I ran in both the Ghost and Glycerin, but neither were my favorite. I put about 100 miles on both but decided I preferred other brands. I’ve tried them on again since, but they haven’t been for me. At some point, I would like to try the Launch.
I tried a pair in college. There wasn’t enough cushion for me. It’s actually a miracle I didn’t hurt myself wearing them, and if I knew what I did now, I would have known they weren’t for me. I ended up using them for a kick around shoe.
After my stress fracture, cushionI needed a shoe with more cushion. I tried the Hoka Clifton. I like the max cushioning aspect. However, it’s more of “marshmallow” light and fluffy cushioning. The shoe was too soft and wore out quickly. After running through one model of Hoka Clifton, I tried a more dense shoe, the Asics Nimbus.
New Balance: 2012
I was fit for a pair of New Balance 880s in college, and they ended up not being for me. I didn’t like anything about the fit, feel or ride of the shoe. It was before I knew much about shoes, but I did know I didn’t like them. There hasn’t been a New Balance model I’ve cared for yet.
Mizuno running shoes seem to be all of the rage, but there is not enough cushion for me. They also run narrow. Since I have a wide foot and prefer cushion, there is no reason for me to run in them. I received a pair at work and ran on our antigravity alterG in them. I couldn’t feel my butt and at the time stress fracture, let alone my feet.
Recently I tried the Adidas Energy Boost 3. I was surprised by how much I liked them. Ultimately, I do think they are too narrow for me and retired them after 200 miles.
As you can see, I’ve tried most major brands. I haven’t gone into depth running in Brooks, Mizuno or Hoka. I don’t experiment with a lot of lightweight and minimalist shoes because I know they aren’t for me. I prefer a higher cushion shoe, and I stay much healthier running in one.
My plans, for now, are to stay with what is working. That means for now I’ll stay with the majority of my shoes from Saucony. I like the cushioning and I like how I run in them.
So what am I currently running in?
Saucony Triumph ISO 2
Kinvara 7 (Review to come)
Saucony Type A (for races)
Question for you: What is your favorite shoe?