I was not much of a shoe person until I became a runner. Now about every two months a hole in the top of a racing flat, the lack tread on the sole, or my Strava account will alert me to the fact that I need a new pair of running shoes. I have worn Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Saucony, Vibram Five Finger, Merrell, and Mizuno. Currently I run in the Adidas Supernova Glide Boost, the New Balance 5000 Racing Flat, and the Mizuno Wave Universe 5.
Mizuno Wave Universe 5
I use these shoes for both racing and training. They are comfortable, flexible, flashy, and fun. I ran 100-150 miles in my first pair, and so far I am close to 100 miles with my second pair. I recommend buying a half size up.
Where to buy- I order them from Amazon for under $50.
Tips- Make sure your feet are used to a very lightweight racing flat before heading out on an 8 mile run in these. I have built up my mileage in minimalist shoes over five years. Running barefoot is also something I do on a regular basis.
Most people wear these for 10ks, 5ks, and track workouts.
Races I have run in the Mizuno Wave Universe 5
8 Mile Dallas Turkey Trot 2016
DRC Half Marathon
Thrill of the Grill 5k
2017 Cowtown 10k
New Balance 5000 v2 Racing Flats
I use these shoes for racing and training. I feel like I am flying when I race in these. These are my go to half marathon shoe. They have a slightly stiffer sole compared to the Mizuno Wave Universe 5. These are true to size.
Where to buy- After checking out the New Balance Website it seems these have been discontinued; however, Amazon has the pink ones right now in about 5 different sizes, and Joes New Balance Outlet appears to sell them, but I have not bought anything from them before. Hopefully New Balance will come out with something similar soon….
Races wearing the New Balance 5000v2
Rock and Roll Seattle Half Marathon 2016
Cowtown Half Marathon 2016
Tyler Fresh 15k 2016
Moni 5k 2016
Adidas Supernova Boost Glide
This is by far my heaviest pair of running shoes. Honestly, it does not make sense that I like running in these. I wear these for easy long runs on the road. These shoes give my feet the much needed break from pounding on the concrete in 3oz racing flats. The outsole is made of Continental Rubber which has allowed me to put 500+ miles on these. These shoes are flexible, responsive, comfortable, and durable.
Tips- If you are a lightweight shoe junkie like me don’t let the weight scare you off; they don’t feel as heavy as the are.
I would not recommend wearing these on moderate to difficult trails.
The first time I put these on they felt like a perfect fit. They have the ideal arch support, and there is some cushion but not too much. When I used these for trainers, the tread was the first part to wear out. They were my favorite pair of running shoes for about 3 months, but I have another pair now that I wear when I am not running. For someone looking for a relatively lightweight, comfortable, shoe with good support, I would recommend trying out the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32.
Where to buy- Select sizes and colors are on sale on Amazon. Local Running stores carry these, but expect to pay full price.