After much deliberation and hunting, I finally bought a pair of Brooks running shoes to carry me through the summer. Some of you suggested them so they were on my list to try. It was love at first slip on I tell ya. I’m not a big runner, but with all of the upcoming travel and my twice a week Blast900 classes, I’ll be running more and need something more supportive than Nike Frees, which they just brought back on the market.
Here’s what I like about the Brooks PureProject shoe: The sole is light and almost as flexible as a Nike Free. Inside there is substantial cushion so I land softly and a noticeable arch support that makes it fit like a glove. The design is not my favorite but it’s tolerable. I had to search for this color combo because it’s now discontinued. The purple one would have been fine, but I have a purple pair of Nike Lunars I wear to lift and lunge in. (It’s super sturdy.)
On the Brooks website, they have a quick Shoe Advisor questionnaire that will help you decide what model is best for you.
During my search, I kept my eyes and ears open to see what other people are wearing. Readers and Blasters have a huge love affair with Newton. I wasn’t a fan of the “Action/Reaction” technology that propels you forward. You can see the elevation in the right photo. They have two different levels of lift, but both were too aggressive for me. It’s meant for a runner who lands on the front of their foot and I am pretty heavy on my heels. Plus, the shoe didn’t fit as snug as the Brooks. It’s too bad, because like all of the other women who own them, I LOVE the colors!
In Atlanta, Newtons are to running shoes as Lululemon is to workout clothes. Great quality, fun female-friendly colors, and have become a trend. In fact, Deka, where they have the largest selection of Newton’s, is right next door to Lulu in Buckhead!
I think it’s hysterical that right after I tweeted one of my instagram pics above, I got this response from @Blast900.
Asics are also making a comeback in Atlanta. The shoe is too stiff and not at all cute which took it out of my consideration quickly. Houstonians love Nike Frees. Again, I think it’s the colors because most of the women I see wearing them are just lifting weights and not running.
Thanks again for all of your suggestions!