I'm a state and Drake relays calibur runner and now run college track. The Nike free 5.0 v4 is the best shoe I've ever purchased. Just got them.
Originally Posted by CloneAbuse
I have some Frees as well...but you have to have correct form and strength. Not sure someone looking to start a running program would want to begin in them. They are great though. They will definitely build strength in the feet and calves.
I also love my Adidas Adizero RC for a racing/minimalist shoe.
Aren't those for "barefoot" runners? My wife runs in Vibram Five Fingers and wants some Free's also.
I always got shin splints from 8th-11th grade during track season (we had no track, ran on the streets), but I bought a pair of brooks shoes my senior year and did not get them. Not as widely known, but very good shoes.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8
Half of my cross country team in high school wore these. I haven't worn different running shoes since I got my first pair of these, I absolutely love them.
My advise: Go to a shop that specializes in running shoes. Stay out of places like Foot Locker.
Also, just because a few people enjoy their Asics, don't be sold on this talk right away. I hated my Asics, although they were supposed to be "the best." What may be the best for somebody is the worst for another.
I second these suggestions wholeheartedly. Everyone's foot and biomechanics are different. I've tried most brands out there: Nike, Asics, NB, Mizuno, Saucony. Adidas has always worked best for me.
And don't judge a shoe only by its price. I've run in $125 shoes that I absolutely hated, and $80 shoes that I loved.
I'm on my 4th pair in a row but like others have said, what works for me may not for you. Also you can't just lump a brand together and say all their shoes are good/bad. NB makes some real good shoes and some real bad shoes.
They are geared toward that crowd of barefoot runners/people looking for a more natural feeling run than shoes with lots of cushion in the heel. I tried them on out in Boulder and they felt fantastic. They have a ridge at the front of the shoe that helps propel you forward. They are designed for smaller strides which is the "new thing" that really isnt new, and landing more "naturally" than slamming you heel on the ground.
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