I love shoes. That’s no secret, really. If you look into my closet it’s clear to see that I love shoes. High heels, especially; those that make your legs look like a mile long in summer shorts……….but I didn’t start this segment to talk about my high heels……in fact, I haven’t worn most of them since running my fist bout with Plantar Fasciitis in 2014. Rather, this segment is about running shoes – and I love those just the same. Problem is that I have been known to buy a pair of running shoes just because I like the color or pattern, and not because I need a new pair…….and so I’ve quite the collection (although I know of other runners who own far more pairs than I.

No, these aren’t all of them…..

Here are the pairs I currently have in rotation. I’ll try my best to point out my likes (& dislikes) for each:

Brooks Ghost 9 (top right, gray & turquoise) – Compared to all others I own, I wear these the most. In the summer of 2016 had the opportunity to take these out for a test run at St. Pete Running Company, which is such a great opportunity to really experience a shoe without having to pay for them first. Loved them within the first mile. Very comfy with a roomy toe box so my “duck feet” can splay. Some days I think there’s a bit too much room when I first put them on (especially with thin socks), but after a couple of miles they fit just right (when your feet start to expand a bit from the heat, for example). Despite being dubbed a “neutral” shoe I feel they have just a touch of stability over the Launch 4 (coming up next) and the Saucony Ride 10, mentioned below. I ran in the Ghost 9 for the last 3 weeks of my marathon training last September, and then used them for the actual marathon. Wise choice – they were properly broken in and the perfect shoe for the distance without feeling heavy. I’ve even bought a second pair back in March, and I’m very much looking forward to the new model, due out soon!

Brooks Launch 4 (bottom left, pink & purple) – I’ve absolutely LOVED the Launch 2. They did not need any “break-in” time, and I ran in them for over a year. When Brooks released the update (Launch 3) I immediately bought a pair, but oh what a let-down. Much more narrow in the forefoot, and overall a smaller shoe. Pass! But then, Brooks redeemed themselves with the 2017 model, the Launch 4. Seems that 4 is much more like 2: light with adequate room in the toe box. A good shoe for mid-week runs and speed work.

Saucony Ride 10 (top left, white & blue) – I previously owned the Ride 7 and the Guide 6. I liked the Guide 6, did not care for the Ride 7. When Saucony released the Ride 10 the reviews seemed so overwhelmingly positive that I wanted to test them out – and it turns out I really like them. They’re light, flexible and responsive and needed no break-in time at all. However, I prefer to use them for my shorter midweek runs. It seems that due to my right foot’s overpronation I simply fare better in the Brooks Ghost 9 on longer distances.

I can’t let go (throw out) many of my running shoes. First – they’re not cheap!!! Second – they’ve carried me through part of my journey. Some good, some bad. How could you just toss them???  So, I typically I use the oldest pair for gardening or bike riding. The rest just hang out in my closet for now. I’ve also donated quite a few pairs (some of which I’ve only worn a handful of times). Just because I no longer have any use for them doesn’t mean that someone else won’t treasure them!

So – what is you favorite pair of running shoes? Do you love to “collect” as well?


About Alex

Wife, runner, German native, beach bum, foodie, and wine lover. If you’re looking for info on how to run your next PR you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not an expert on running or nutrition, and I won’t tell you what else you should or shouldn’t do. I'm fairly creative but notorious for starting fifty different projects and finishing (n)one. My blog is simply a collection of my personal experience in the crazy world of - running! Along the way I’ll also share what other random projects I’m currently into.

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