36 Pairs of Running Shoes Later

36 pairs of running shoes later

During the last year, I’ve run in a lot of shoes.  Since I work at a running store, I’m able to see and try new shoes.  Typically I only try shoes I think I will like.  Why would I waste time, injury, and money on a shoe I probably wouldn’t like?

Thinking out loud, I thought it would be fun to look back at all of the shoes I’ve run in since May 2016.  That and I needed to clean out my closet.

Brooks Ghost
Brooks Glycerin 
Brooks Launch 3
Brooks Launch 4
Brooks Pureflow (review to come when I get back to running again)

Saucony Ride 9
Saucony Zealot ISO 2
Saucony Freedom ISO 
Saucony Triumph ISO 2
Saucony Type A (Racing Flat)

Asics Nimbus 19

Hoka Clifton 3
Hoka Bondi 5

adidas SuperNova

New Balance:
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

LunarGlide 8

Mizuno Wave Enigma 6

Including racing flats, it ended up being 36 pairs of shoes.  Most shoes had between 200-400 miles on them.

Favorite Shoes:

Brooks Ghost, Glycerin, and Saucony Freedom.  This particular year, all three shoes were great options.  I felt as though the Brooks Ghost fit my foot the best.

Most Surprising Shoe (Positive):

I didn’t think I would like the Nike Lunarglide or Brooks Launch as much as I did. The Lunarglide went through a substantial update which allowed those needing a neautral shoe to run successfully in it.

Before the Brooks Ghost 9, I hadn’t had success in any Brooks shoes. Both shoes were great, and I saw both of those to the end of their lifespan.

adidas SuperNova (Negative):

I thought I would like the Supernova because I liked the Energy Boost. The SuperNova felt good for shorter runs, but my feet would ache (because of the width) for longer runs.  I logged less than 100 miles in it before deciding it wasn’t getting any better.

Longest Lasting Shoe:

adidas are supposed to the last the longest.  Realistically, I know they do, however, due to the width I haven’t seen any pair I’ve tried to it’s full potential of 700 miles.

Shortest Lasting Shoe:

Any racing flat will last less around 100 miles.  The Saucony Type A was no exception!

Total Shoes (including flats): 36

Questions for you:
Which running shoes are currently in your shoe rotation?
How many pairs of shoes did you run in this year?


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5 thoughts on “36 Pairs of Running Shoes Later”

  1. So many shoes!!! I’ve been a Mizuno loyalist for awhile because my narrow feet like them. I got sent the latest Saucony (the cushy one) and love it too.

  2. Wow! That is a lot of shoes! In the past calendar year I was running in Mizuno Wave Creations and Wave Riders (as I had for many years prior) and started to get pain along the outside of one of my feet. So I finally had an excuse to try a new shoe out – and went with a clearance pair of Hoka Clifton 2’s, along with a pair of Brooks Ghost 8s to switch it up. Turns out, I completely love the Clifton’s!!

  3. That makes me feel better. I have only been through about 8 pairs in that same period. My current rotation is two pairs of Hoka Clifton 3’s, a pair of Hoka Bondi 4’s and a pair of Saucony Trimphs. I still need to try the Bondi 5’s.

  4. I just got the new MIzuno Sky to review. I’ve only run 7 miles in them and not sure how I feel, I just know they feel more like Asics than Mizuno! Totally different. I love that you do so many shoe reviews, and even though you and I typically go for different types of shoes when training, I have read your blog post before buying shoes (namely the Saucony Freedom). It’s always good to see your non-sponsored thoughts on the shoes because you’re not reviewing for a company or compensation.

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