I started with a pair of 759s.
The 759 is a great choice for the neutral or supinating runner. The 759 provides a responsive ride in the midfoot without sacrificing any cushion in the heel. New Balance has updated the 759 with an aggressive open mesh upper that provides the runner with optimal breathability. Did I mention its good looks? It has them too. The 759 is the go to shoe for everyday running or weekend long hauls. (From Running Warehouse)While for me this shoe is not good for "long hauls" (I'm a bit of a princess and I need more cushion- I have lower than normal bone density after all...), it is a great lighter shoe for training and racing. I do all of my speed work in this shoe and I've run both 10K and half marathon races in them. I ran the Ottawa half marathon in a pair that was probably a few miles past their life cycle, but I was way happier in them than in the stupid Vomero 5s I was training in.
Thumbs up: light, comfortable, responsive!
As I've said twice already, I was in Nike Vomero 5s this spring and I despised them. So when I was looking for a new cushioned training shoe in June, I decided to continue with New Balance and went with the 1080s: their "premium" neutral cushioned shoe.
|NB 1080s about to go for a run|
I've done all of my long runs in this training cycle in these shoes and have had no problems. My feet feel happy and light. My only complaint would be that they aren't quite as airy and vented (if that's the right word?) as some others so my feet sometimes get hot at the start of my runs.
Thumbs up: cushioned, supportive, perfect fit
Thumbs down: I can't get the fun red ones in the AA width, they are NOT cheap (thank goodness for online shopping)
Overall, I love that New Balance has improved their styling in the last few years. I think they've always made good shoes, but they've just been ugly.
I know that I shouldn't discount a pair of shoes that work for my feet just because they are ugly, but in the past, if another pair of shoes has been as comfortable than NB, I've always gone with the other shoes because New Balance reminded me of nurse shoes. Or old lady shoes...or just everything you don't want to wear or look at. But they're so much better these days and now, they've come up with something that looks like this:
|Special NB 890s|
|Jordan's technicolour dream shoes|
What is your favourite brand of running shoe? Do you go for the plain looking ones or do you hope you can find a pair in flashy colours?
*Note- I bought all the shoes mentioned here with my own money. I'm reviewing them because I like them and because I thought you might need some new shoes.