This weekend was a true shoe comparison weekend - over the three days I ran and/or walked in three different brands of running shoes.
Here's the lowdown:
SKORA - I was so excited to get a sample pair of the women's SKORA minimalist shoes. I was never able to get into the barefoot running thing - more because I think it makes people look like they have frog feed and while I don't want to run in Manolos, I also don't want to look like a major dork. The shoes are super lightweight and it took me a lot of getting used to (like 6mi). I'm not sure I love them yet, I think they require getting used to before going totally lightweight it was like running with only half my clothes on ... it really felt that weird.
Newtons - these are my favorite road running shoes. I started wearing Newtons when a colleague / awesome runner kept hyping them. I could never bring myself to spend $175 on running shoes, let alone a brand I'd never heard of. At a running expo about two years ago I found these shoes partially used (someone bought them, walked out of the store, and decided they didn't want them) for $50 - score! Ever since, for any road running that I'm doing for speed, these are my shoes. Road races? Bam - bring on the Newtons.
Asics - when I first noticed my knee completely popped out about 7 years ago, I beelined for the nearest sports podiatrist. After walking on the treadmill for her, getting my feet measured, and being told to shop (my favorite part - my Dr. told me to buy 7 pairs of shoes on Zappos.com and she would manage returning the 6 I didn't like) we landed on the Asics GT series (which has since changed many times). These are my go to training / I want to go for a middle to long run and don't care about speed shoes. They're supportive but not overly so.
Brooks - a couple months ago I went to a running store to pick up a race bib. The store was having a sale for all runners picking up bibs (smart) - 20% off any shoe. Of course I felt the compulsion to shop. We had just moved, I couldn't find my 2 pairs of trail shoes, and a deal is a deal. So I asked "what's the best selling trail shoe" (Amazon trained me to go for the customer feedback / behavior for bestsellers) and walked out with a pair of Cascadia 7 trail shoes. The shoes are pretty good looking and I sport them around on weekends. I don't love love them on the trails. I like them, and they beat running in road shoes on trails, but I miss my old model of discontinued Asic trail shoes where the tongue acted as a second sock. These are a close second.