Feet and Shoes, Shoes and Feet

Any runner would agree that happy feet are crucial to happy running. So as a runner, feet play a big role in my life.  Not to mention I spent my first year post college working at a running store, touching random people’s feet on the daily. My feet seem to have made their way into a majority of my pictures.


There are lots of debates in the running world over what kind of box we should be trapping protecting our feet in while we run. I was a barefoot kind of kid. I played with caterpillars in my backyard with my toes in the dirt. My two sports, karate and swimming, never required any type of footwear. I first started running back in 2010 right at the peak of the barefoot running craze. I started barefoot on a track, then onto the roads and then bought a pair of Vibrams. After ensuing incredible foot discomfort and severe ankle pain, I came to my senses. My hipster shoeless phase was over. It was time for a pair of shoes. I won’t bore you with the details of my long-winded shoe story, as I’d imagine there aren’t many shoe nerds/Fleet Feet employees reading this.

So here we go… product reviews

Disclaimer:  This is based on my own personal opinion. None of the running companies that will be mentioned in this post were involved. I’m flattered really, but Nike definitely does not know I exist.

New Balance 860  What I love about this shoe is even though its stability it is still extremely light.  It has extra cushion in the heal, making it ideal for us heal strikers.

Saucony Guide Also a stability shoe, I use the Guide for work, training runs with clients, Crossfit classes that don’t include Olympic weight lifting.

Nike Pegasus My all-time favorite running shoe. Yes, Nike does make quality running shoes. This isn’t the 90s! Wearing the Pegasus is the closest thing to walking on clouds in the running world. I was dead set against running in them for the first month, as I got this shoe for free as an extra pair to wear to work. #perks of working as a running store. I wore them as an experiment for a half marathon, PRed and felt great and they have been my lucky race day shoe ever since.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 I got these bad boys for marathon training. For cushioning, Mizuno uses a “wave plate” rather than foam or gel like other brands. I’ve learned that I like these a lot for sprinting or anything under 6 miles but once I’m doing distance my foot craves my pillow-like Pegasus.

Asics GT-2000 Another shoe I got for free! These are awesome to wear to work but there is a little too much going on at the bottom, making it too heavy for me. I have run in them before without issues but I definitely prefer my Riders or Pegs.


About Keren

I'm Keren, a 25 year old personal trainer, living in Urban Connecticut. Disclaimer I am not a registered dietitian nor do I have certifications for everything I share. My recommendations are based mostly on my opinion from personal experience.
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2 Responses to Feet and Shoes, Shoes and Feet

  1. Debbie @ Deb Runs says:

    I ran in Asics GT 2000 and their predecessors for years. This spring I was given a pair of New Balance 1080’s as part of being a Fit Foodie Ambassador, and I love them. Not sure which direction I’ll go for my next pair of running shoes…

    • Keren says:

      The 1080 are a great pair too. I worked in a running store so I got to experiment with all the shoes! I find every couple of pairs of the same shoe, I like to switch it up.

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