Brand of Running Shoes

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    Mar 27, 2015 7:27 PM GMT
    What brand of running shoes do you use? I hear that Asics and Merrill are the better running shoes especially for outdoor running and that Nike running shoes are among the worst but good if you are into having fashionable shoes. What are your thoughts? What brand of running shoe do you use? Do you run on the treadmill or outdoors?
  • real_diver2

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    Mar 27, 2015 7:45 PM GMT
    It pretty much depends on you and your feet. How far you run, foot strike, pronation, etc.

    I love Saucony - because they provide the support I need and cushioning based on my foot strike. I run on asphalt and grass. I tried some of the others and found they were not very comfortable. Could not wear New Balance or ASICs gave me foot and shin pains. Best thing to do is find a good running store with a selection and let them help you.


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    Mar 27, 2015 8:06 PM GMT
    I'm an Assics fan....I have high arches and the shoes have good support, gel soles, and they are light weight. And a good base for running outdoors.
  • irishkcguy

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    Mar 27, 2015 8:08 PM GMT
    Brooks
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Mar 27, 2015 8:37 PM GMT
    Been running in New Balance for decades, without a running injury. They provide the cushioning I need. After I retire a pair, I use them for walking shoes, and they last and last. They fit well and feel good. Yet, we're all different, including our feet. Best thing to do is to visit a good store that carries only running shoes and find a knowledgeable sales person, starting with the question "Do you run?" Good luck!
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    Mar 27, 2015 8:50 PM GMT
    It may depend on how much you run. For example, I run every other day for about 30 minutes, on asphalt. I've tried Brooks, New Balance, Asics, Saucony, and perhaps others, and have never noticed any significant difference. Meaning that if you're not doing a lot of running it may not matter.

    The only problem I've had is that it took me awhile to realize that our feet get bigger as we get older. When I was in my 20s I was a size 12 and for the longest time I kept squeezing my feet into size 12s when I was in my late 40s and 50s; now I wear size 14 and my feet are much happier. 14 is what the foot measuring thing at the shoe store says as well.

    The other trick is tying your shoe laces so that they don't get looser while you're running. When you do that initial twist/wrap of the laces before you make the bow knot, wrap the laces twice; the right one over away from you and the left one over towards you (or the right one over/around twice; same thing). And when you do that you won't need to pull the laces tight since they won't loosen while you're running.
  • Lincsbear

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    Mar 27, 2015 9:08 PM GMT
    dunem saidI'm an Assics fan....I have high arches and the shoes have good support, gel soles, and they are light weight. And a good base for running outdoors.

    Same here. I have found them very good, lightweight and cool, too.
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    Mar 27, 2015 9:17 PM GMT
    Believe or not but Prada makes running shoes and they are the best for me.
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    Mar 27, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    I used to prefer Asics but the latest generation of their shoes are too narrow ... you'll see the same thing reported on running websites. So now I am using Brooks, which I have also liked through the years. I also like Saucony.
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    Mar 27, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    I have narrow feet, so find Asics and some Nike's fit me well. Saucony tends to be too wide for my feet but they last forever.

    I do a combo of street and trail running.
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    Mar 27, 2015 9:58 PM GMT
    Brooks Ghost. Go to a legit running store (most cities have 1 or 2 at least) and tell them you have no idea what you're looking for. They'll look at your feet, make you walk barefoot, etc. and then recommend a shoe for your specific gait, step, arch, etc.
  • BlackCoach

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    Mar 27, 2015 11:01 PM GMT
    Please go to a running store where they have equipment to see if you pronate, overpronate, narrow feet, high arches. i Like Pearl Izumi because I have narrow feet,flat footed, and don't pronate or over pronate.
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    Mar 27, 2015 11:16 PM GMT
    I would suggest going to a specialty running store that can do a gait analysis on you. That will help them recommend a shoe that is right for your particular body mechanics. You may have to try out several shoes before you find the one that's right for you. If it's a really good store, they'll allow you to exchange the shoe for one that might work better. I recently spent about a month testing 5 different shoes before finding the one that worked best for me. I purchased one of the shoes at a store that let me exchange for a different pair after a running 18 miles over the course of a week.
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    Mar 28, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidIt may depend on how much you run. For example, I run every other day for about 30 minutes, on asphalt. I've tried Brooks, New Balance, Asics, Saucony, and perhaps others, and have never noticed any significant difference. Meaning that if you're not doing a lot of running it may not matter.

    The only problem I've had is that it took me awhile to realize that our feet get bigger as we get older. When I was in my 20s I was a size 12 and for the longest time I kept squeezing my feet into size 12s when I was in my late 40s and 50s; now I wear size 14 and my feet are much happier. 14 is what the foot measuring thing at the shoe store says as well.

    The other trick is tying your shoe laces so that they don't get looser while you're running. When you do that initial twist/wrap of the laces before you make the bow knot, wrap the laces twice; the right one over away from you and the left one over towards you (or the right one over/around twice; same thing). And when you do that you won't need to pull the laces tight since they won't loosen while you're running.


    I tie the ends of the laces, then when I tie the knot, I pull it all the way to the end, and tuck that into the shoe, towards the arches.

    I wear UnderArmour shows, and have found the Spine series good for me (but with Sofsole insoles for arch support). I have the Spine Venom, the Spine Vice, and one more in that series. But I'm used to it after having it for a few years. I'm also used to running between 3-8 miles 3x weekly.

    The Speedform Apollo's have been no good for me - within a week I had pretty bad shin pain.
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    Mar 28, 2015 1:37 AM GMT
    I run with the addidas ultra boost. They fit like a slipper and have great arch support. They are gentle on the knees and super light.
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    Mar 28, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
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  • neon4u

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    Mar 28, 2015 2:42 AM GMT
    I agree with WillMass. Go to a store that specializes in running. Have your gait analyzed. (Which is basically, that they film your feet on a tread mill.) From this you can determine if you need to wear stability or neutral shoes. Once you find which shoe is better for your running style then its just a matter of choosing which brand you like the best (i.e. fashionable, crazy looking, plain, with/out color) and how much it costs. Don't make it too complicated. Over time you'll come to your own conclusion which brand is best!

    I wear New Balance mostly but have a pair of Nike Free Runner 5 and UnderArmour. I like them all. Another consideration is barefoot or minimist running. I have two pair of these. Just be careful with these and don't run with them at first exclusively. They tend, at least in the beginning of transition from "regular shoes," to cause soreness in your legs.

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    Mar 28, 2015 3:07 AM GMT
    Decades ago I ran with Nike, New Balance, Etonic and Saucony. But once I found the ASICS Gel 2000 series I was hooked. I've been wearing them for years. Occasionally running store folks have pushed me to try other brands, but 6 months later I was back to ASICS.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Mar 28, 2015 4:43 AM GMT
    Been running in Merrell for 6 years. Started working for them 5 months ago. Best shoes I've ever worn. I'm a midfoot strike/barefoot style runner. My knees are betterthan they ever were as a heel striker.
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    Mar 28, 2015 6:51 AM GMT
    I'm currently using Brooks, Saucony and some cheap unbranded ones for when its muddy as they fitted me better than the Inov-8 ones I lusted after.

    Most well-known running brands will be alright but the key is do they fit you and your running style?

    Even within a brand the fit changes, and even the same model in a different year they can can change (which is why I'm not using Brooks Vapor this year).

    Go to a specialised running shop if you're unsure. They'll watch you run and advise the type of support you need. From there you should go with how they feel. If you're lucky and a wide range fit you then you get to choose one that looks good too.
  • wowee

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    Mar 28, 2015 12:47 PM GMT
    I'm running on Saucony Kinvara/Viratta, INOV-8 RoadX 233..the Sauconys are light and can be used for training/racing. The INOV-8s are pretty light and have lasting soles, good for long distance training..If you have wide feet/toes spray when you run, you may want to take a look at Altra shoes.
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    Mar 28, 2015 1:17 PM GMT
    Nike Free. I've run on these for a few years and they're the best running shoe I've ever owned.

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    Mar 28, 2015 2:46 PM GMT
    Thanks for the comments. I went to a shoe store, and they highly recommended Asics, Brooks, or Merrell shoes for running. They openly expressed their dissatisfaction with Nike and Adidas shoes, saying that they are more for fashion than running and that they wear out quickly.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 28, 2015 5:38 PM GMT
    Asics here, but I don't run often, just occasionally, but I enjoy the shoes for sure
  • bro4bro

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    Mar 28, 2015 6:29 PM GMT
    I have wide feet, and I'm a serious runner (I compete at mid distance). Saucony and New Balance are the only real options.

    I wear New Balance. I've worn 'em for years and years. They make a great lightweight training shoe, and I also wear their road racing comps and track spikes.

    As a competitor it's very difficult to find the shoes I need in a store. New Balance shoes fit so consistently well I can buy them online, and have never needed to return a pair.

    With my wide feet I absolutely cannot wear Asics.