I don't think that the shoe makes the runner, but I do think that foot comfort is extremely important to the success of any athlete. In my almost 16 years as a runner I have sported nearly every brand of shoe in every model ever made for runners, minus minimalist brands.
My feet have pounded the pavement in Asics, Brooks, Nike, Adidas, Newtons, New Balance, Saucony, Mizuno, and countless other brands that didn't leave much of an impression.
Last summer I bought Newtons in an attempt to stop overstriding and learn to run with a bit of a smoother cadence where I have been doing most of my runs in these shoes post Chicago marathon. Rockin these bright kicks always sparks the interest of other runners and often leads to a Q&A session.
During that time period there was a failed attempt to transition into the Mizuno Wave Rider 15's that left my ankles bruised and sore.
|These are not the shoes for me as there isn't sufficient room for my ankle bone|
And most recently I've been testing out the Nike LunarEclipse+ 2's which I won from a twitter contest.
At first I wasn't too sure about these, but as soon as I put them on my feet and headed out the door for a run I felt like I was drifting on little clouds. Obviously these shoes are much more cushioned then the Newton's I'm used to, but my feet seem do be enjoying their time in these bad boys.
As my spring races are closing in, I am considering buying a pair of racers. The last time I wore racing flats I was a high school senior, which was a decade ago. A lot has changed in running in those 10 years where I haven't been keeping myself up to date on what racers are best for my foot and the distances I want to cover in them.
Some of the models I'm interested in:
Saucony Women's Grid Type A5
New Balance WR1400
My first race this year is in just under 6 weeks so I want to get a pair ASAP to give my foot a little time feeling them out before I hit the race scene, but I can't seem to make a decision and would love some input and feedback from you guys.
Do you run in racers?
Any brand or model recommendations?