(Closed) anyone ever heard of/used/like/dislike the brand of running shoes BROOKS

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I went to a running store to get fitted. BEST DECISION EVER! They fit for the type of running shoe that’s best for you. I tried on a pair of Brooks and while they were comfy… they weren’t for me. I ended up with Mizuno. I’d recommend looking up a running store in your area to get fitted if you want to get the right shoes. 

Post # 4
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Hi Aimee-

You’re in luck!  I’m a professional shoe buyer for a major athletic retailer.  Sounds like you’re just starting to run, or looking to get more serious about it.  Here’s my advice…

1.  Miss Zig Zag is right- go to a running specialty store to get fitted.  They will be able to tell you what brands will fit your foot best, but also the technologies and features that you should be looking for based on your foot and gait.  You may be a high arched foot that needs aditional cushioning, or you may be a low arched over-pronator that needs a stability shoe for motion control (to keep your foot from rolling inward as you progress through your stride.)

2.  Brooks is a good running brand, but remember that the brand best for you is going to be the one that fits the best.  I am partial to Asics and Saucony, as these are the brands that focus the most on running shoes, however other brands like Brooks, Mizuno, Nike, and Adidas also make very good running shoes.  Every brand makes their shoe on a different last (form), so one will likely fit your foot the best.

3.  Remember not all shoes are made the same.  Just because it is from X brand doesn’t mean that it is equal to all other shoes from that brand.  You get what you pay for.  If you can afford it, go for a model that has some kind of cushioning better than an EVA foam.  (Like gel or air cusioning in the heel, and forefoot if possible.)

4.  Replace your running shoes on a regular basis- rule of thumb is evey six months, more or less depending on how often you run.  Every 300-400 miles, so if you are keeping a training log it will be easy to tell when you need to replace your shoes.

Follow these key bits of info, and you should be able to get a great pair of shoes that will make running enjoyable.  Let me know if you have any other questions!

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