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Which running shoes do you wear?

Discussion in 'Podiatry Trivia' started by fatboy, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. fatboy

    fatboy Active Member

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    The thread about barefoot running has been fascinating, and the pictures of Professor Kirby very revealing... ;)

    anyway it led me to think:

    Do podiatrists wear running shoes?

    and if they do which type of running shoes do they wear?

    and do they wear them for running, or other types of activity?

    which Brand, what Style, what Colour (optional) and reason.

    Do you promote the use of running shoes/trainers to your patients, and do you have a preferred brand that you recommed?

    I'll start; I wear running shoes a lot, I wear them for work and if i have a lot of walking to do. I am not a runner.

    I always wear Nike; either Air Pegasus (most preferred), or my new pair is the Air Alvord VII (they were dirt cheap). I will admit to owning a pair of nike free 5.0 (i liked the pretty blue colour).

    I feel they are wider than other brands i have tried and, therefore, more comfortable; and i like the cushioning feel. i have a lateral STJ axis, and overuse the peroneals to compensate for the lack of pronation, so i need cushioning. I also like the little heel raise, as it makes me taller. :rolleyes:

    I choose them based on comfort, and then colour (they have to match my work trousers!)

    I do recommend patients wear trainers, but always warn them that they need to find the right trainer for them. (since i am wearing nike they ask if nike would be good for them).

    I am not employed by nike, but if they want to send me a few pairs...

    anyone else care to share their footwear?
  2. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Awesome thread idea.

    I don't wear running shoes for work, but do wear them when in the gym and when running outside.

    For my weekly 10k on a sunday I wear Asics Cumulus. I also wear these when I am spinning. When I'm in the gym lifting steel I wear Asics 2140's (but will probably try the 2150 next time I get a pair). Interestingly I transfer my orthoses between these shoes and despite them being a neutral and a stability shoe respectively can honestly say I feel very little difference. Why do I have 2 different ones? They were in a sale and the colours matched my gym wear/running tights.

    I agree I often let the patients decide themselves as what shoe an individual likes seems to be to be quite variable and subjective, but will more often than not recommend Asics. Only as I have worn them myself for years and they are the shoe I would dare say I know most about (i.e if a runner asks me what the logos on the shoe like PHF or Solyte mean I can answer them and look semi-intelligent).

    I also have no financial conflicts of interest either. When I met with my regional Asics rep he had 5-6 pairs in his bag all of which were my size. I subtley dropped into the conversation that I send 4-5 people a week to the local running store who are an ichiban dealer (therefore potentially generating over £400 per week for Asics), and then I not so subtley asked for a free pair for myself. He said no. (Tight b*****d - you know who you are).

  3. My day to day footwear is usually an athletic shoe, most commonly a running shoe. I have too many pairs to count off the top of my head ranging from old skool to new school; all different brands.

    I run in Asics ds racer as I need the support, but like a light shoe.

    I recommend shoes to patients based on their feet/ gait and predominantly the midsole characteristics of the shoes. I do not recommend on brand, as comfort is king. Different manufacturers use different shaped lasts which will suit different shaped feet.

    Personally, I couldn't care less about colour, although non-athletic patients invariably seem to want black.
  4. me My daily running days are long gone due to more injuries from athletics in the 80-90´s that I can list, on the bike for me, trainer now and then hopefully the rd soon. But I do try and get out for a run as I much as my body allows which is not so often.

    I change my brand of shoes every 6 months so I can run in a shoe get some inside feel for it, bending in the shoe gets you weird looks and only goes so far. My last pair were a freebee and changed my whole ideas of the shoe went from rarely suggested to regularly suggested. The account like the research idea as well.
  5. I use a sturdy pair of Merrels with a dense vibram sole, as I prefer country/fell running to road. I also use them on the treadmill, as to be frank, they work just fine there too.

    Each to their own I suppose.
  6. bpod

    bpod Active Member

    Interesting thread! I have a very laterally deviated STJ axis and have worn Saucony, Nike, Asics and Mizuno as the go to shoes.
    Currently, I wear Asics Cumulus for daily wear in the office and weekend wear, and Mizuno wave Rider for running. I find the Cumulus very cushiony but prefer a little firmer ride for running.
    I like to go to the running/sport stores and figure out what they are about, and how they go about fittings (if they fit or advise at all), it gives me great insight as to where to send patients!
    Sue Davidge
  7. gangrene1

    gangrene1 Active Member

    I'm a big fan of Nike Pegasus. I've enjoyed running my half marathon races wearing this. Love the wide fit (esp for my HAV) and cushioning feel. Looking forward to get my 2nd pair of Pegasus.

    I've tried Asics GT 1130 : not very pleasant feel when running. I've experienced more pain around fibular head region for each time when I did my run ( at least more than 5km) in those shoes. Not sure where I can chuck them away... ;(

    Tried Nike free 3.0. The heel cup tends to dig into lateral malleolus. Able to fit better until I've added heel raises myself.

    Reebok motion control shoes works well for me except that the heel area seems to be wearing outing pretty fast!
  8. Graham

    Graham RIP

    ASICS Nimbus
  9. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    Running 35-40k a week (between injuries) I usually wear Brooks GTS, though over my running life I have worn everything from the Nike Waffle Trainer (late '70s) through a range of Tiger and early Reebok shoes, as well as a few New Balance. And my first few track spikes were all Adidas.
  10. Tim Foran

    Tim Foran Active Member

    Brooks Trance. It is cheaper for me to get these from runningwarehouse.com in the states and posted to me than it is to get them from Brooks in Australia (go figure).
  11. Sammo

    Sammo Active Member

    Always used to run in asics (from the 2020 model) but then due to internet ordering bugger up got a pair of saucony hurricane V's which I absolutely loved.

    At the moment I run in two shoes (not at the same time). I've got the New Balance 1224 which is a "stability" shoe, although I find the lateral heel flare quite uncomfortable and feels like it forces my rearfoot to evert a little too much/quickly.. I have to very consciously land on "proper" area of my heel and try not to allow the shoe to do too much to my foot.. They feel quite heavy too. All in all I don't like them.

    The other is a really flexible nike which isn't even on my list of nike running trainers in the catalogue from the rep. Very flexible, very soft, very light.. love running in it but my calves always ache after which doesn't happen in the NB ones.
  12. gez

    gez Member

    Teva x-1's These really are the best trail running shoe I've used. Great for adventure races as they have the mesh sides with allows water to escape when charging through large puddles or jumping in the sea.
  13. kemplr

    kemplr Member

    I have tried all sorts of brands and styles and no luck until I came across Adidas - Wear the Adidas Supernova Sequence (Previously Supernova Control)- wear them for running, gym, pretty much everything.

    Cheers, Lauren
  14. Airlie

    Airlie Active Member

    I too tend to wear Asics. usually the 2000 series, sometimes the newest model or not, depends if they have changed at all other than colour, usualyl find can pick up a early model for nearly $50 cheaper. I have been a middle distance runner since 12yo (now 26) and always worn Asics and had no trouble, hence when spending $200 plus tend to stick with what i know works. Will recently have the opportunity to try out a freeby adidas and will see how they compare.
    I also play hockey and have found the transition to the Asics hockey range very easy, most comfortable hockey boots I have ever worn, for this reason i always recommend my patients who wear asics to look for asics specialist shoes (especially Aussie Rules).
  15. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Nike Equalon and New Balance 801's
  16. Ian Linane

    Ian Linane Well-Known Member

    As a recent comer to any kind of movement I've come to Brooks adrenalin GTS

    Currently I'm geriatrically jogging in them without any orthotic to see what happens.

    (I feel so cool now I've posted with a bunch of runners!!!)
  17. JAYNES

    JAYNES Active Member

    I wear a new balance runner for work and Asics for walking, i don`t run.

    I don`t recommend one type to patients, i advise them to try several types before buying.
  18. Tim VS

    Tim VS Active Member

    I mainly run x country middle distance and find Innov-8 Roclites suit my needs. They are light, have excellent grip on all off- road surfaces and dry out quite quickly. When I do road running, which I avoid whenever possible, I wear Nike Air Pegasus. My orthoses fit quite well in both pairs.

    If I was to do a straw poll though I reckon the majority of my running clients wear ASICs.


    PS Good to hear you're running Ian ;)
  19. B. Englund

    B. Englund Active Member

    Haha Mike, this winter is going to be looooooong, you will be on that trainer until april...

    Shoes I use at the moment (not at the same time :santa2:)

    Asics DS trainer
    Asics DS Racer
    Asics Hyper Speed
    Asics Noosa tri
    Adidas adizero pro
    Puma eutopia
    Sacouny Fastwich
    Nike Lunar racer
    Innove 8 220
    Ice bug (this is Sweden)

  20. Gee you HALF can´t tell that you used to work in a running shoe store and that your a triathlete now can you. :D

    Remember this next time the girlfriend complaines about the bike, running shoes etc lying around the flat

    That the man who dies with the most gear, dies with the most gear- life is a competition.... ;)
  21. Mark Dave Smith

    Mark Dave Smith Active Member

    Adidas zx 8000 in aqua - 1989 model at work, Adidas handball spezial for 5 a side (great midfoot cutaway suits my foot) and New balance 7 series at the gym.
  22. I'm predominantly a half miler.

    Long Runs - Nike zoom Vomero 2
    Tempo Work - Adizero CS/Nike Zoom Elite

    Track Work (100 - 400) - Nike Zoom Maxcat/Asics Japan Lightening
    800 - 3000 - Nike Zoom Victory (love this shoe)


  23. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    from the running retail magazine (Running Insight) on USA sales ranks from 2009:

    1. Asics GT2140
    2. Brooks Adrenaline GT
    3. Asics Gel Kayano

    1. Asics GT2140
    2. Asics Gell Kayano
    3. Brooks Adrenaline GT
  24. DBannerman

    DBannerman Member

    I don't do a lot of long distance running anymore. I love my New Balance 1011 for day to day, walking and short runs but can get a little heavy to do daily runs in. Usually flip around between some of the others already mentioned but that's the one shoe I stick with that I notice a huge difference after a long day.
  25. Alternative

    Alternative Welcome New Poster

    I may only be 22 but i've run many events from 5-22km and have consistantly run 10km twice per week fpr over 5 years.

    I have run in many shoes, ASICS Kayano 13 + 14's, Brooks adrenaline 8's and Defyance 6's when I was younger.

    I have only run injury free for the last year after having my runners professionally fitted at one of the podiatry run shoe stores.

    I have most recently been in the Nike Nucleus (new model to the Equalon) and now the Adrenaline 10 and love them.

    The biggest thing I did not realise is that every year the function of every shoe varies...not always what the manufacturers will tell you!
  26. davidl

    davidl Member

    Hi all - I currently wear Asics gel-1120 at work - I dont run and got them because they were reduced! Comfy for me though.
    I certainly do recommend running shoes for my patients, the brand makes no difference, I am more interested in the fit and shoe/sole characteristics. I guess my local running store does as much business from my rheumatology patients as they do from runners! (preference for the more muted colours with these patients)

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