i also recognize that many of the best runners alive today may not have shoes at all. and certainly not ones that fit them properly, or that they were able to select for themselves.
however, given my context in an middle-upper class community situated in a first world nation, i've had frequent conversations with people about what pairs of shoes are the 'best' to run in for particular types of workouts and/or races. since i do run six days per week (with some doubles) and have the habit of not wearing the same footwear two workouts in a row, i have definitely developed some preferences on what shoes help me to feel at my optimal level for any given day.
so without further ado, here is my top five list of shoes, period:
- Skechers GObionic
super light, fast, zero-drop, ultra-flexible, wide forefoot - i'd take these anywhere, anytime (if only the upper didn't tear on me they'd still be in my rotation).
- Skechers GOrun 2
if i want to go fast, these are perfect. if i want to recover, again these will do the trick. lightweight, work-with-the-foot dynamics - i think that i've recommended these shoes more than any other to my friends.
- Skechers GOmeb speed 2
these got me across the line in Boston-qualifying time. racing flats that have great pop to them and make you forget that you have shoes on your feet at all.
- Skechers GOrun ultra
perfect recovery shoe - but also the pair that most encourages me to forefoot strike, so they feel primed for bursts of speed. #GOalldaylong
- Skechers GObionic trail
for all of your off-roading plans. nimble, airy, solid all-terrain traction and just enough impact dispersion material. i should race in these more.