What’s Your Favorite Brand for Sneakers?

I’m doing my first official 5k race in a few weeks. I’ve walked many 5k’s, but I’ve never received a medal at the end of it. I don’t mind walking, but the idea of paying money to wake up early on the weekend to exercise in the heat has never really appealed to me. Ha

When my boyfriend asked me to do it I said yes without hesitation. I’ve always dreamed of being with a kind, loving man who will show up for races with me, and now I have that. My guess is that he’ll run the race, then wait for me at the finish line. I don’t want to slow him down, but I’ll be happy to see him waiting for me when I finish.

I’ve wanted to do this race every year since moving to New Orleans. Most of the cool races happen in my neighborhood, so it’s convenient, but this one is always appealing because it ends on the 50-yard line inside the Superdome.

I’ve been to Saints games, of course, but there’s something about jogging through the tunnels and onto the finish line, where I’ll receive a metal, that excites me. (What can I say? I have a flair for the dramatic.)

I’m looking forward to walking the race even though it’s going to take me over an hour to finish it. The timing doesn’t matter to me. I just love any opportunity to remind myself that I can do cool things.

I’ve been walking a lot over the last week or so. (Thank you, Pokemon Go!) And I realized even before walking all over town chasing Pokemons that I need new sneakers…badly.

Over the last few years I’ve moved away from Nike to New Balance, Asics, then Brooks. I loved the Asics so much that I wore a hole in one. I’m not particularly fond of New Balance, but the Brooks weren’t bad. I’m just not sure which brand I’ll choose now.

Do you have a favorite, go-to brand for sneakers? If so, which one?

 

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    Tammy
    August 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I went to a running store where they had me walk on a treadmill so that they could watch my stride. By doing that, they could pick out shoes that would work best. They put me in Saucony, and I like them. Maybe you could find a store that does that near you.

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      Rebiccola (@rebiccola)
      August 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I have extra wide feet, so the best shoes I’ve found that actually come in a different widths, and they fit and feel comfortable are SAS Shoes. You have to use the store locator to find a store: https://sasshoes.com/store-locator . I recommend trying to find an actual SAS store to try on the shoes. Most regular shoe stores that claim to carry them usually have very little in stock and you just have to order them.

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        Rebiccola (@rebiccola)
        August 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        It has been a while since I looked at the SAS website. Apparently you can now order online (that’s new to me). So I guess you don’t *have* to use a store locator after all.
        And besides sneakers, I also want to mention: comfortable dress shoes. 🙂

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        Kenlie
        August 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        Intersting. I didn’t know that SAS made sneakers. I’m looknig for running shoes, but I do know someone who might benefit from a sturdy pair of SAS shoes.

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      Kenlie
      August 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I did that once when I lived in NY. That’s a good idea!

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    Allison M. Webb
    August 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I love New Balance, but I have weird feet (arch surgery years). I have never found a pair of Nikes that work for me. Adidas was the next best thing.

    Good luck on your 5k!

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      I used to custom order my Nikes, but they stopped making the ones I like. It seems they do that pretty often, so I began branching out.

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    Lyndi
    August 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Hokas are THE best shoe ever! Very supportive and my legs don’t hurt or get as tired. I love them!

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I’ve never heard of them, but now I’m going to google them!

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    Kristi
    August 23, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Find a store that can assess your gait and recommend shoes! It made a ton of difference for me! In Nebraska we have a store called Red Dirt Running that does it and they’re super helpful.

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I’ve done that, but it was years ago. I’d consider that again at some point, but I’m going to try going to Academy or Dick’s Sporting Goods this time. I’m thinking that if I’m about to lose a significant amount of weight that my feet will lose some weight too. It’s pretty common, but this is a great idea for the future.

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    LJB
    August 24, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Louisiana Running Company on Canal has good reviews on Yelp and apparently does gait analysis. Also ask your friends at the Y where they go. I usually end up with Nikes but got a pair of Asics last go round. I no longer run but still buy my walking shoes at a running store. You’ll have a blast!

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      LJB, Thank you for looking into that for me. That’s so awesome. I live two blocks from Canal, so I’ll keep that in mind.

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I buy my walking shoes at a running store too because my weight is hard on my shoes.

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    Alesha Poche
    August 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I love my Asics! However, I really want to go to a running store so they can analyze and recommend a good shoe for me.

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      I’m guessing that Asics will win this time, but I may do that for the next pair.

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    MaryFran
    August 24, 2016 at 11:26 am

    My feet just feel good in asics. I have been wearing them as my everyday tennis shoe for a long time….kids strange it took me 3 years to start running in Asics.

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      I absolutely loved the last pair I had, so I’m hoping to find another pair that I love. I’m definitely going to start there.

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    Jessica
    August 24, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Asics and Saucony are my two favorite brands. I usually stop by a running store to let them check me when buying new…then I tend to buy a couple of pairs of the one they recommend 🙂 Have fun at your race!

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I’ve never tried Saucony, but I do see them frequently and wonder about them…

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    Jenny Thornton
    August 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I also went to a running store and I there I found my love for Saucony shoes! I will never walk/run/jog in anything else. Good luck finding shoes. It is very important to have good shoes. I can’t wait to hear about the race!!

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Really? I’m looking forward to trying some. I won’t make time todo it before Sunday or Monday, but I’m looking forward to checking them out.

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    Stephanie
    August 24, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Asics Cumulus!

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      Stephanie
      August 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Btw i buy them online at running warehouse. They usually have good sales and theres always a discount on retailmenot. Also their return policy is awesome. I bought some brooks that didn’t feel right. I worked out in them for a few weeks. Running warehouse let me return them for store credit towards my usual asics even though I’d worn them.

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        Kenlie
        August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

        Wow..that’s fantastic! That’s good to know.

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    Michele Friedman
    August 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve always been rather partial to Saucony. I trained and ran a number of 5k and 10k races in mine and never had any problems.

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      Kenlie
      August 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      I’ve definitely seem them many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever even tried on a pair. That’s about to change though…

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    jess
    August 25, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Asics!

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    Dawn
    August 28, 2016 at 7:47 am

    My last two pairs of running shoes have been Brooks Glycerin and I LOVE them. I had my last pair for quite a while and when I went to the running store to try on the more recent version, they felt immediately broken in and right for me. I agree with others who say to go to a running store so they can make sure you get the right shoe. In my experience, small, local running stores have way more knowledge and better recommendations than if you went to a mass retailer for running shoe advice.

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    Jennifer
    August 29, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Hey, congrats on doing this race. Hope it’s the start of many more to come!
    Being obese and having foot problems, I did some research on the best sneaker for women to use, and over and over again got recommendations to try RYKA brand. This is a fairly new brand of shoe for women and I really like them. I would highly recommend these myself.
    Good luck!

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      Kenlie
      August 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      RYKA is amazing. I bought a pair on clearance once when I was having a very busy day in New York. I got them on sale for $29, and they’re among the best shoes I’ve ever bought. I’ll have to see where I can find them in New Orleans! Thanks for the reminder!

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    Vanessa
    August 31, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I favor different brands/styles for different activities. For running, I LOVE my Reeboks, I wasn’t looking for shoes but I saw them on the shelf when I was getting my kids shoes and I tried them on and they are like clouds on my feet!
    For CrossFit, I also like Reeboks-they have amazing crossfit lifters. Day to day, I like my Sketchers-with inserts because I stand all day. When I’m not working I run around in Asics.
    I have. . .a lot of shoes. LOL
    Good luck on your first 5k! I started doing them a few years ago and now I’m doing Spartan races and more! I tell myself its an expensive BUT healthy obsession!

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