I love me some shoes. I get asked all the time, “What are the best running shoes?” The answer is: whatever works best FOR YOU. Each person’s stride is different, like a fingerprint, and there is nothing wrong about that. It just means that the type of shoes that work best for person A, might cripple person B. I think few things can beat going to a podiatrist and/or a really good running shoe store and getting a fitting.
Once you have done that – you are going to need to be getting new shoes more often then you might think. Best news I have EVER gotten from a doctor, “Jennifer, my diagnosis is….you need to go shoe shopping.”
Oh no, doc! Say it isn’t so!!! HAHA.
Just using your shoes is going to cause break down. I know it is pretty common to say a person will need new shoes every 500 miles. However, you also want to pay attention to how beat up looking your shoes are. If you are wearing the tread off them before 500 miles of use, you may want to invest in a new pair sooner. I say the word “invest” because a $90 pair of shoes is probably cheaper than plantar fasciitis, and also cheaper than therapy for your family after you are told you have to stop running for 6 weeks.
I am currently running in the Saucony Zealot WITH my custom orthodic inserts.
Here are some great links for shoe recommendations:
Runners World Shoe Advisor – you put in some information about yourself and how you run and it steers you in the right direction
The Brooks Shoe Finder – clearly, this is only going to give you Brooks Shoes. Although, I do want to try out the result I got though hehehe.
Unisex Racer ST 5 – SUPER FAST
- Built for speed on race day with dependable support
- Instantaneous responsiveness
- Pick these when chasing a new Personal Best
Runner’s World Shoes Like Mine – you put in the shoes you like NOW and it gives recommendations. I love this one especially because it bases the recommendations off what is already working.
Even still – I can’t put any online system above a knowledgeable human being.
What are your favorite shoes?