The BEST Running Shoes

What shoes are the best to run in? Has anyone ever asked you that? My answer is usually, “Lloyd Clarke shoes.”

Lloyd Clarke Sports has their own BRAND of shoes now? No, but as my very small bit of research shows, there is a reason Lloyd Clarke Sports carries so many brands and styles of shoes. I took a quick survey of the runners at our Sunday Run Day training run yesterday. I asked them what shoes they were wearing for the run, why they like them and how many pairs of running shoes they wear during the week.

Altra pic saucony pic

Runners at the Sunday Run Day Group run=             14  [6 women and 8 men]

Most popular Brands:

Saucony                              5

Brooks                                3

Altra                                    1

Asics                                    1

Inov8                                   1

Mizuno                                1

Nike                                     1

Topos                                  1


Most popular style:

Saucony Kinvara               3

Brooks Ghost                     2

Most common reasons they like their shoes

Light                     4

Good Fit               2

Cushioning          2

Color                    2 (notably the 2 who said color was an important factor were both men)

Total pairs of running shoes owned by the group:                39

Average pairs per person:                                                           2.78

Most pairs used by one runner:                                                 5

So what does this tell you as a runner hunting for the best running shoe for your foot? We had 14 runners, 8 different brands and 10 different styles. I think that means your best bet for finding your perfect shoe is a place where they offer a large variety of brands and styles. Try them on. Get professional help in fitting them. Run on a treadmill for a while in them.


Closing notes

I am one of two people with 5 pairs of shoes in my weekly rotation. Partly because I want different shoes for different surfaces or types of training and partly because my shoes are always wet and it is hard to have a dry pair unless I cycle through a few.

My shoes:

Saucony Kinvara               Used for daily mileage, tempo runs or a Marathon race

Inov8 Terrafly                    Trail shoe for long runs in San Felasco

NewBalance 1400            Daily mileage or tempo runs. Very light shoe.

Saucony A5                        Racing flat used for track work or racing

Newton Momentum        Trail shoe for shorter trail runs

Other shoes I’ve owned recently but that are not in my current rotation:

Brooks Pure Flow

Brooks T7 Racer

Saucony Viratta

All stats in case you’re a real geek!

Gender Brand Style Reason

# of pairs

F Altra Torin Comfort, zero drop


M Asics 1160 color


F Brooks Ghost heel support, wide toe box


F Brooks Ghost wide toe box


F Brooks Pure Flow light, comfort


M Inov8 x233 color


M Mizuno Wave Rider good fit, cushioning


F Nike Structure supportive & flexible


F Saucony Kinvara light


M Saucony Kinvara light


M Saucony Triumph Cushion


M Saucony Kinvara light, neutral


M Saucony Ride good fit


M Topos RR Recommended by LC staff



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