It’s time for Tuesday Topics again and I am linking up with Kookyrunner and Zenaida to talk about our favorite running shoes! It’s probably the most important piece of “equipment” that runners have and I know people have a lot of opinions about their running shoes!
My first pair of running shoes, that I got fitted for at the running store, were Brooks Ghost 7’s. I am a neutral runner and I basically didn’t have a preference and went with what they had in stock. I didn’t love the colors, but of course, I was told that “colors” don’t matter (although, if we’re really honest with each other, THEY DO!).
Anyway, I was pretty happy with the Ghost 7s, but I did realize after a wile that I had to size up another 1/2 shoes size for my next shoes as I was having a bit of a problem with blisters at the front of my toes.
I ran the Asics Gel-Cumulus 18s the next year (and they were fine), but I didn’t love them, so I returned to Brooks again afterwards.
To be honest, the only thing I care about is the fit and that they feel comfortable (and if they’re pretty!). I have a hard time really feeling the weight or midsole drop differences, to be honest.
As I said, I was fitted as a neutral runner, but I have run in support shoes like the Ravenna7s. I did some research and found that the Ravenna also works for neutral runners (and I can confirm that!) and I was very, very happy with them.
Brooks Ravenna 7s
I got lucky (twice!) and won more Brooks shoes in Instagram giveaways, so I was able to try out the Launch 4s and Levitate 2s so far and have been happy with both of them. I’ve been using the Launch 4s as my Gym and speed-work shoes and the Levitate 2s for my long runs.
Brooks Launch 4s – currently my Gym (speed-work) shoes
Brooks Levitate 2 (love, love, love the colors!)
I should probably branch out and try some other brands, because I don’t really know what I am missing out on, I guess, but I’ve been I’ve been so happy with my shoes that I’ve been pretty Brooks-loyal so far.
What’s your favorite running shoe? If you’ve run in Brooks and love them, but also tried other shoes, which ones would you recommend for me to try?