I have a shoe crisis. For the past six years, I have worn the same brand of shoe for both the trails and the roads. However, the brand changed how they were making them (quite common), and both models are now awful in my opinion. The trail shoe did not hold up and felt uncomfortable, and the road shoe felt like I was slapping the ground in a pair of keds. Now I am back on the market for a new brand and model of BOTH trail and road running shoes.
Shopping for running shoes is not as easy as it sounds. Instead of being excited to try new shoes, I have no idea where to start or what brand I will like. After wearing the same brand for 6 years, I feel like I am starting over as a beginner. I’ve been scouring reviews and shoe specs online like I am applying for a new job. What are the details of this shoe? What did so and so say about them? Did they hold up to wear and tear? What benefits package do they come with?? Needless to say, I’ve had a hard time making a decision and a harder time finding MY perfect shoe.
The Perfect Shoe?
My current shoe situation is now this: 3 brand new pairs of trail shoes, 3 brand new pairs of road shoes, and about $650. Sheesh. I do not have a detailed review of these shoes, as I have not spent many miles in them yet, but here is my breakdown so far:
- Saucony Peregrine 7 Trail: I’ve put the most miles in this shoe. I loved them at first, but after a while they seemed so stiff. They are still a good option for the trails, but they are not quite MY shoe. I was hoping to love them, but they are okay.
- Brooks Caldera Trail: I’ve had a handful of trail runs in these, and so far they are edging out the Peregrine’s. Although they are nice and light and move well on the trail, they feel a little tall. This might be something I get used to, so I am still optimistic on this pair. They are comfy and my feet like them so far.
- New Balance Minimus WT10V4 Trail : I love these, although at the moment, I am not ready to run long trail runs in a minimal shoe. But they were a great price and for now serve as a great gym shoe during strength session or a short easy trail run.
- Hoka One One Clayton 3 : Hoka’s scare me a little. Honestly, they look like moon boots, and I have always liked a more minimal shoe. However, the Clayton’s are very lightweight, have a heel/toe drop that I liked, and they were on sale. I decided to give them a try. I’ve done one road run in them so far. They weren’t as scary as I thought, and were quite comfortable! I still need some more running time in them to see if they are MY shoe.
- Saucony Kinvara 7 : I wore a version of the Kinvara’s a long time ago when they were first released. I remember liking them in the past, so I’ve decided to give the newer model a try. I’ve worn these on a few road runs so far, and so far so good. They are very lightweight, but have enough cushioning for some miles on the pavement.
- Newton Running Gravity VI : Here’s where all the disappointment started. I’ve been a loyal Newton runner for about 6 years (both trail and road). I do not know what has happened to their shoes in the last year (or maybe it’s my feet changing). The new Gravity 6 has brand new “Newtonium” cushioning, but I did not feel an improvement. As I mentioned, I felt like I was running on the road in a pair of keds. The worst news is these were the priciest of the bunch, setting me back $175 plus tax. Ugh.
Do We Have A Winner?
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