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My Current Running Shoe Rotation

A round-up of my shoes while training for the Boston Marathon, including the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4, Adidas Bostons, Adidas Adios, Hoka Clifton 1 and a few others. I vary my shoes depending on the type of run — easy run, fast run or long run — and shared when I wear which!

Last Friday, I shared my current rotation running shoes in my Instagram stories and got a LOT of questions. So, I figured a full-blown blog post was probably necessary. There are SO many different shoes out there, and I think most runners are constantly searching for the “perfect” shoe. Or, they’re in the other camp where they only buy one brand/model over and over. I fall somewhere in the middle.

I have six shoes in rotation right now and explain below when I use each and what I like about them (and a few dislikes!). And remember, what works for me may not necessarily work for you so it’s important to get your gait analyzed and/or try lots of options!

First up, my beloved Adidas Bostons! I first reviewed them on the blog here and now have even more experience running in them.

#1 My ALL-TIME favorite running shoes!

Adidas Adizero Boston 7

Why I love them:

  • They’re super versatile. They’re snappy enough for speed work and supportive enough for long runs. I ran the 2018 Boston Marathon in them! (Read my race recap here!)
  • They keep getting better.  Many times when companies rework shoes with the newest model, the new model isn’t as good as the previous. But I’ve liked every version of these better than the last. The latest version has a softer upper which I personally love.
  • They look good. Some running shoes just don’t look cute (cough, Hokas). I always take my Adidas on trips since I can use them for a run and then with jeans for exploring. (Full disclosure: I typically NEVER use my running shoes for anything but running. But for travel, I take an older pair that can serve multiple purposes.)

The only downside is that they’re a little narrow for my foot, but that’s a me issue, not a shoe issue!

adidas adizero boston 7

#2 My favorites for faster workouts!

Adidas Adizero Adios 3 Boost 

I just got these about a month ago and have logged two tempo runs in them. They are noticeably lighter and more minimal than the Adizero Bostons, which I expected. However, they almost felt cheap to me. But, to be totally honest, it could have just been the adjustment to less shoe that made me feel that way. Overall, I DO like them. (Interestingly, my best running friend Kate — who recently blogged for me here — LOVES these shoes, even more so than the Bostons, which I’m obsessed with. It goes to show that you really have to try shoes for yourself!)

adidas adios review

 

#3 My recovery run shoes!

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

I got these in attempt to find something to replace the Nike Zoom Elites, which I LOVE but are SO hard to find. (I think they stopped making them!) So many of my friends run in Pegasus and LOVE them, and I really wanted to love them too. But I just like these – I don’t love them. I find them heavy and from the beginning, they felt like of dead, like they had too many miles on them. I still run in them once in a while, but they’re not my go-to’s. But, man, they are SO cute. I wear them with jeans all the time and find them super comfy for walking Maizey. So buy these for style maybe? (If you run in Pegs, I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

nike pegasus 34

#4 My go-to’s for short, easy runs

Women’s Hoka One One Clifton 1

Since I’ve been logging higher mileage, I have really been craving a true recovery shoe since all of mine err on the minimal side. I read an article online about an elite athlete (I can’t remember who now!) who runs in Adidas Bostons, Adidas Adios and Hoka Cliftons. And I thought, hey, that sounds like me, so I bought the Hokas. Ha! True story – that’s literally why I bought them.

I originally ordered the Hoka Clifton 5 and HATED them. They felt so heavy and clunky but a few running friends (including one who owns a Fleet Feet) suggested getting the Clifton 1s. I like the 1s a LOT better than the 5s. They are cushy without feeling flat, and I feel like they actually let my body have a break. But, I can only do shorter runs in them since I think I tend to get lazy in them and my form breaks down because it can with all the cushion.

Oh, and I HATE THE WAY THEY LOOK. ha! I don’t like the bright colors and I don’t like how big they are on my foot. But I think that’s exactly why some people love them. To each their own!

#5 This year’s Boston Marathon Race Day shoes! (probably)

Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit

I’ve been eyeing these for a while but the $250 price point held me back. But hey, when my running coach suggested them, I had to get them. Coach’s orders!!! 😉 I got a pair last week and unfortunately they were too small. (I SWEAR my feet have gotten bigger in the past year. And apparently these also run small so I had to go up a full size.) But, I could tell in the 10 minutes I walked around in them that they were unlike any other shoe I’ve ever put on. They felt as cushiony as the Hokas, but snappier than the Adidas. It was like they propelled me forward. Then, I did my first run in them this morning and HOLY MOLY, they are amazing. Full review coming soon because they deserve it.

Nike Vaporfly 4% flyknit

nike vaporfly review

 

#6 For longer, recovery days

Brooks Launch 5 (on sale, but going quickly!)

I ordered the Brooks Launch 3 a few years ago and I LOVED the way they felt. Cushioned yet responsive. Unfortunately they gave me HORRIBLE blisters on the back of my heels which I never have with shoes, even brand new ones. I heard from a lot of people on Instagram that they experienced the same thing, and they suggested all sorts of hacks to fix it. That’s not for me – running shoes need to work without hacks or they go back. My coach suggested giving a newer model another go and so far the Launch 5 is so good!! I still love the way they run and I’m hopeful I won’t get blisters with this model. I also appreciate that the toe box is a little wider since I have a wide(ish) foot.

Overall, I feel like I have exactly the right set of shoes for all my training needs right now — as long as the Brooks continue to work for recovery days!

If you had to choose only ONE running shoe for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

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  • Christine Whittington
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    New Balance 1080. Not very sexy, but they are great for my combination of high arches and high instep, combined with inserts for high arches. They roomy toe box is very comfortable (for my hammer toe 🙁 ) and my podiatrist recommended them for that reason. They have seen me through a lot of half marathons (all done since age 60). I have worn them through a bunch of half marathons (not the same pair!). I used to visit the New Balance factory store in Skowhegan when I lived in Maine.

    I also have Saucony Xodus 6.0 for trail running and speed walking. Saucony shoes are also very comfortable for my feet.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Good to know about the NB working well for hammertoes! I also have a hammertoe – it’s not too bad yet, and hoping it doesn’t get worse!

      I know SO many people who love Saucony’s! I’ve tried them 3x and I just don’t! I like the width but they don’t feel springy enough for me.

  • Mina
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    Saucony Rides are my go to and I’ve been mixing in Addidas or Nikes (I feel the same way you do about the Pegasus – I like them more for wearing with jeans and tshirts lol). But I’m thinking I need to replace my Saucony, not sure that they’re still working for me. Past few years I’ve just been replacing without though. Planning on going into Fleet Feet and talking to someone and letting them know my issues, etc. Nothing beats talking to someone at a specialty store 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Someone told me that the older Pegs are a lot better than the Peg 35! I may try to hunt down a pair or try the next model.

      And totally agree about talking with someone – Tommy and I went to Fleet Feet to buy his first pair of running shoes last week!

  • eileen veihmeyer
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    This is super helpful! I’m recovering from plantar fasciitis and haven’t run since November to give my feet a break. I was running anywhere from 4 – 9 miles a day before i stopped due to needed to let them recover and am typically a fan of Brooks, Asics, Adidas and don’t like Nike. I have a wide foot so Nike’s don’t work for me. I’ve recently purchased new shoes since the plantar based off a running store recommendation and have a new pair of New Balances and Hoka’s which I rotate. I was wondering which shoes, for a wider foot and recovering plantar fasciitis feet, you’d recommend for a half marathon as i’m hoping to get back to a running point where I can do a half in September. Any suggestions would be great!

    • Mina
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      Hi Eileen. While my foot isn’t officially wide, it’s on the wider side of normal. Saucony’s are great! The Ride is a neutral shoe, the Guide is a stability shoe. I also do well in Addidas Solar Boost and whichever Brooks model is similar to the Saucony Ride.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Eileen – you may have already seen them but I wrote a number of posts about dealing with Plantar Fasciitis. It’s SO frustrating. Hopefully some of the things I’ve tried will help you too!! https://www.afoodiestaysfit.com/?s=plantar

  • Danielle
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    I like the super light feel, so I have been running for the last year in either NIke Free RN Flyknits or the Nike Sock Racers. I’d love to try the Vaporfly 4%, but I think I will hold off for a while because of the price point. I’m also considering the Brooks Hyperion…have you ever run in those? I have only run up to a half marathon distance, although I put my name in the lottery for the NYC marathon so who knows!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I’m dying to try the Nike Free RN Flyknits!! I haven’t tried the Brooks Hyperion…

      Apparently Hoka has a new shoe coming out that’s similar to the 4% – I guess the lead designer from hoka left and went to nike and then the 4% came out and the technology was eerily similar. Interesting…

  • Shannon
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    I actually like the Pegasus! Although the older versions…like 31 and 32…I just got the 35 and it’s “okay.” Not my favorite shoe, but Brooks are where it’s at for me. If I had to pick one shoe it’d be the Brooks Ghost, great for speed but also good on my long run workouts. Glycerins are a close second!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      That is SO interested about the older pegs!! Have you tried the new version of the Pegs? the Turbos? Curious how those are.

      I really like my Brooks Launch! I used to run in Brooks 5+ years ago and didn’t like them after they got rid of my go-to (the Pure Flow). Happy to find another model I like since I like the company!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      That is SO interesting about the older pegs!! Have you tried the new version of the Pegs? the Turbos? Curious how those are.

      I really like my Brooks Launch! I used to run in Brooks 5+ years ago and didn’t like them after they got rid of my go-to (the Pure Flow). Happy to find another model I like since I like the company!

  • Heather Hurt
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    Oh my goodness how I love my Brooks Ravennas! I am a diehard Brooks fan. Like you discuss with the Adidas Adizeros, I feel like they just get better. I have two pairs of Ravennas 9 and I am terrified to order the 10s because I don’t want to be disappointed. I am really working on speed this year so I am trying a lighter shoe. I just ordered the Boston Adizero Boston 7’s and am so excited to try them. Thanks for the recommendation Teri!