Or are you playing the field, either because you like to mix it up or are still looking for the perfect shoe?
How many miles do you get out of a pair? Do you rotate between 2 or more pairs? What other factors surround your shoe choice?
I'll go first. I've been wearing Newton Gravity's for just over a year. I'm on my third pair, and I get about 350 miles out of them. I used to wear New Balance (forget the model), but when my volume got up to the 20 miles/week range, my feet started suffering. To this day, I'm still not sure what it was, maybe Plantar Fasciitis.
True, the Newton design promotes a mid-foot strike, which as I considered my options was definitely on the "benefits" side of the ledger. But I'll be honest - I wanted to try Newtons because Craig Alexander wears them. So whatever Craig gets paid a year in endorsement fees, I can confirm they recouped $175 (less cost of sales expenses) that day.
But after 25 or so miles (Newton shoes take some getting used to), I no longer cared about what Mr. Alexander was wearing. The Newtons continue to be amazing for me. In short, they are light like racing flats with the benefits of more stable trainers. I've run +/- 20 miles almost every week in the last year, and (knock on wood) I have not had a single problem. And it's been a pretty good year in terms of running improvement. I would prefer that this improvement is down to me and not the shoes, but then again, no need to change a good thing.
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