One of the great things about running is that it can be as simple as lacing up your running shoes and heading out the door. Because, really, shoes are all your need. No gym membership, no equipment, just you and the road. Sure, you can find all sorts of fun toys and accessories and gear for running, but they’re not necessary.
Today, I thought that I would share some of my favorite running shoes that I’ve worn over the years. Everyone needs something different from a pair of shoes – We all have different feet, we have different training regimes, we run on different surfaces. That being said, most of the top companies have multiple styles and options that you can choose from once you’ve narrowed down the brand.
So, in no particular order, here are my top shoes of the last five years:
Brooks Ghost 10 – This is my current pair of shoes and I ran my February race in them. They’re incredibly cute, comfortable, and fairly lightweight and compact. One thing that I’ve noticed is that they’re better for shorter distances if you have high arches, I start to get an ache around 9 miles on concrete. They’re also great for classes with running segments like OrangeTheory or Barry’s Bootcamp.
Saucony Guide 9 – These babies are one of the longest lasting pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned. I trained in the Guide 9s and did 3-4 races in them, with zero issues. They’re a little bigger than the Brooks in terms of “bulk,” but they’re still not an incredibly heavy shoe. They’re heavy-duty enough to really handle road running though, and I never had any pain or blisters with them.
Mizuno Women’s Wave Inspire 11 – I really enjoyed these shoes and ended up buying two pairs of the Wave Inspire 11s. These are more similar to the Saucony Guide 9 in terms of size and weight, and almost as good for standing up to road running.
Brooks Launch 3 – These are very cute and quite lightweight, but I found them a bit too minimal for the pounding your feet undergo during an intense road run. These ended up becoming a walking shoe for me, that I wear to walk to and from the office each day.
Do YOU have a go-to brand of shoe for running? Any pairs I need to try?