Brooks Ghost 4. Nice width, very cozy, stable, The Brooks Ghost is often ranked #1 by Runner’s World. Right now they’ve got the Ghost 6 selling big. The price is typical of a good running shoe, close to $100. But at the end of the running season (late fall) you can usually find last year’s model for less. I like to wear the Brooks shoe for long runs. They are heavier than the minimalist shoe, but my feet and knees feel very good afterwards.
Brooks Ghost 3. My first pair of Brooks. Loved them so much I bought a second pair, the next year. These are now just walking shoes. It’s always a good sign when I want to buy another shoe of the same brand. Brooks Ghost is a winner!
Nike Lunarlon. Last year I decided to follow the minimalist shoe craze. I didn’t want to feel barefoot, but I did want something a little lighter, but with some cushion. They are more narrow than the average running shoe, but I love this shoe; it did exactly what I wanted. Even better was the price; about $30 at the outlets. For shorter, faster runs, I wear this shoe.
- Try the shoe on before buying (even when it’s just so cute and PINK!), run around the store or down the block. You are a runner; it’s allowed.
- Buy a 1/2 size up. Running pounds at the toes – you need some room
- Don’t go cheap. I keep having to relearn this lesson the hard way (plantar fasciitis). Think of running as one of those really good addictions that will pay itself off.
- Real running stores have knowledgable staff who will watch you run and know what to recommend.
- Buy a good, breathable sock. Blisters hurt and sideline training, and make you cranky. Just ask my husband.
- Untie your shoes after every run instead of just slipping your feet back into them. Why? Less chance of injury due to a too-loose/lazy shoe. I’m um, a big offender to this rule.