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?

 

32 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Brand for Sneakers?

  1. Tammy

    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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    1. Rebiccola (@rebiccola)

      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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      1. Rebiccola (@rebiccola)

        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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      2. Kenlie

        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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  2. Kristi

    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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    1. Kenlie

      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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  3. LJB

    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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  4. Alesha Poche

    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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  5. MaryFran

    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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  6. Jessica

    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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  7. Jenny Thornton

    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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    1. Kenlie Post author

      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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    1. Stephanie

      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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  8. Michele Friedman

    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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    1. Kenlie Post author

      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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  9. Dawn

    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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  10. Jennifer

    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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    1. Kenlie Post author

      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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  11. Vanessa

    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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