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Favorite Running Shoe Other than New Balance 991?

Looking for some ideas on new running shoes. I have been running on New Balance 991s for 10 years or so and am looking for a change. Nikes shoes look like pure fashion, and Reebok is selling custom colors. Is New Balance the only serious shoe company out there?

Mon. Jan 1, 1:26pm

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hey, if I can get the shoes that work for me in some color other than ghostly white, I will.

However, the shoe that will work for you depends on the shape of your foot, your weight, the kind of running you do, and most of all how much stretch you have in the ligaments that hold your foot together. (your foot will pronate and supinate more if they are stretchy.) It is really worth going to a running specialty store once to get assessed and properly fitted! Yes, those shoes will be expensive but then you'll know and can get them at sales later.

Also, the Runner's World magazine site has numerous shoe reviews, evaluating all different kinds of running shoes on flexibility, responsiveness, cushioning, etc. There are many, many brands of good shoes, but each shoe is good for some people and not for others!

Monday, January 01, 2007, 1:31 PM

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saucony grid hurricane is a comparable, for wider feet. It's a high end shoe, available in gray.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 1:38 PM

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I have been wearing the Nike Air Pegsus for 20 years. It is a great, basic shoe. Just because they look cute doesn't mean they aren't serious shoes!

Monday, January 01, 2007, 2:40 PM

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Shoes are a pretty individual thing- I personally run in Brooks- which for me is a "serious" running shoe- but it is different for everyone! I would recommend going to a running store and trying out a wide variety of shoes.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 2:44 PM

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I really like Asics. I think they are great shoes. If the shoe you have been working out in has been working why change?

Monday, January 01, 2007, 2:49 PM

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I like Asics as well. I have a neutral foot so I wear the Nimbus. It's a really comfy shoe. :)

Monday, January 01, 2007, 3:04 PM

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I know I am in the minority but I love Nike. I have done two half marathons in Nike Air Structure.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 3:39 PM

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This is exactly the kind of feedback and input I was looking for, keep it coming!!

Monday, January 01, 2007, 3:41 PM

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I have done one full and two half marathons in the Nike Air Pegasus - as well as countless shorter races.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 4:15 PM

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i like nike 360 lol there pretty comfortable :)

Monday, January 01, 2007, 4:19 PM

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Asics and Saucony grid stabilizer work great for me - I can't deal with the lack of stability I find with Adidas or Nike, but never tried Reebok. I am a really bad pronator though, so I'm sure they work great for many, but for me Saucony is tops w/Asics a close second. My husband swears by Brooks and likes Nike as well. Happy running!

Monday, January 01, 2007, 4:34 PM

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Asics are really meant for mild overpronators -- except for the new one (can't remember the name) which is neutral.

I run alternately in Asics 2100-series and Brooks GTS. (just got new Asics in boutique-y color) They are both good shoes for mild overpronators who do not have a high arch but different -- the Asics have a lot more cushioning. The Brooks are stiff-soled, great if you have a history of plantar fasciitis.

The arches in Sauconys are too high, stiff, and slightly in the wrong place for me. It really is worth getting fitted.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 5:55 PM

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I need a higher arch, so I love Saucony-also love the fitted toe box on some of the styles. It really is about fit though. Rykas are good for me too, but hard to find a good variety of styles.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 6:57 PM

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4:34 again... yeah, I do need additional support in the Asics, and in fact I usually replace the standard insoles with custom insoles in just about everything I buy except for dressy shoes and sports sandals. So I tend to notice stability more than arch support because my insoles will ensure that I have enough.

Monday, January 01, 2007, 7:56 PM

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I'm a pronator (not sure how to spell that). Brooks' works great for me to help this..never have any foot pain anymore. I wear Brooks' Beast (they also have a female version with a different name)

Monday, January 01, 2007, 11:14 PM

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we are working on a review of the newer 992 and 993 series- would love some input on how the shoes have evolved:


Saturday, February 21, 2009, 9:22 AM

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Brooks! Hands down the best. I am training for a marathon and the difference between these and the Nike Shox was dramatic. No shin pain, and an awesome feel during my run. I highly recommend them. They are usually only available at runner's stores or online. I have the adrenaline for women. Thay ROCK and I will be wearing Brooks when I run my marathon in June. Check out my websire and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program!

Sunday, February 22, 2009, 11:12 AM

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I have used Nikes for years all kinds and styles. I have tried others too. I'm not really shoe crazy, that I have to have a certain brand. I have heard many good things about brooks...too. And going to a running store to be fitted too. I think it's a personal thing and what works best for you and your budget.

Sunday, February 22, 2009, 11:58 AM

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pearl izumi

Pearl Izumi are great because they have no seams on the inside, so your foot never rubs. They also have great support, I run marathons and I would not wear anything else.

Sunday, February 22, 2009, 6:44 PM

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LOVE the new balance 991's. The best.

Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:21 AM

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I have tried New Balance, they are ok, but I personally like Asics. They have a good feel to them and feel very comfortable when I am wearing them.

Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:37 AM

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