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!
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!
#2 My favorites for faster workouts!
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!)
#3 My recovery run shoes!
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!)
#4 My go-to’s for short, easy runs
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)
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.
#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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