My running shoes (so far)

I’ve used a lot of running shoes over the years, 39 to be exact. I have around 5 – 6 pairs in daily rotation that I cycle through depending on workout type. Currently they are:

  • Trainers for longer runs: Saucony Kinvara 4, Mizuno Sayonara
  • Tempo or quicker runs: Saucony Virrata
  • Speedwork: Saucony Gridtype A5
  • Barefoot: Vivobarefoot evo
  • Offroad and snow: Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock

As you can see, nowadays I run mainly in low drop and flexible shoes, as I believe that extra heel cushioning and pronation control affect the stride style and hence running economy in negative way. As a result, my foot strike has become more and more fore footed over the years and I believe that this was mainly the consequence of using lighter shoes with lower heel-to-toe difference. The graph bellow presents the average weight of shoes that I ran with over the years. My progression to lighter shoes was slow, where I managed to drop the weight of shoes for about 100 grams (-30%) over the span of 5 years. As studies have shown, a 100 g reduction in running shoe weight presents approx. 1% improvement in running economy (~ 2 minutes at 3h marathon).

B00600 Average weight of shoesOtherwise, I started running in more conventional shoes in 2004. There were no “barefoot “or “minimalist” running shoes back then, so I was of course heavily influenced by marketing and “pronation control” dogma. So my early shoes were mainly pronation controlled Asics shoes, from 1000 to 2000 series and then finally to Kayano. Being overly cushioned shoes with pronation control, really heavy with large heel to toe height difference, I then started using 2 running shoes simultaneously. The second pair was usually a lighter trainer (i.e. Nike Elite) for races and speed work. In 2009 I made my first foray into minimalist running shoes with Nike Free shoes. I barely managed to run 5 km in them once per week, as I got sore calf muscles after every run in them. The next stepping stone in my transition to more minimalist running shoes were Saucony Mirage with their 4mm heel to toe drop. I really needed a couple of months to get used to running in them, but then I was hooked. Especially when I later progressed to Kinvara (4 mm drop) and now to Virrata (0 mm drop).

I am also quite nostalgic, as I took pictures of all my running shoes so far. Below is the collection of every running shoe I ever ran in. Brings back a lot of memories, when I look through the pictures. Hopefully you will recognize a model you ran in too!

 Mizuno Sayona #39 Mizuno Sayonara (2014)
Weight: 270 g
 (still in rotation) 85 km
 B00638 Saucony Kinvara 4 Kona #38 Saucony Kinvara 4 Kona (2013)
Weight: 250 g
(still in rotation) 163 km
 B00637 Saucony Virrata #37 Saucony Virrata (2013)  0 mm drop shoes, excellent for road speed work.
Weight: 220 g
(still in rotation) 488 km
 B00636 Asics Lyte33 v2 #36 Asics Gel Lyte33 2 (2013)  Asics approximation to Kinvara, bot not nearly there.
Weight: 264 g
(still in rotation) 706 km
 B00635 Saucony Grid Type A5 #35 Saucony Grid Type A5 (2013)  Excellent racing flats, for me even better than Asics Hyperspeed.
Weight: 183 g
Notable races: IM Hawaii 2013 (run split 2:57:04)
(still in rotation) 349 km
 B00634 Saucony Kinvara 2 #34 Saucony Kinvara 2  (2012)
Weight: 246 g
554 km
 B00633 Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock II #33 Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock (2012)  Trail running shoes for winter running.
Weight: 275 g
(still in rotation) 273 km
 B00632 Saucony Kinvara 2 #32 Saucony Kinvara 2  (2012)  Legendary shoes, really love them!
Weight: 246 g
Notable races: IM Lanzarote 2013 (run split 2:56:15)
615 km
 B00630 Vivobarefoot evo #30 Vivobarefoot evo (2012)  For barefoot style running, only 3 mm protection sole.
Weight: 226 g
(still in rotation) 128 km
 B00629 Mizuno Precision 12 #29 Mizuno Precision 12 (2012)
Weight: 308 g
945 km
 B00628 Saucony Mirage #28 Saucony Mirage (2012)  My first low-drop running shoes, excellent!
Weight: 306 g
797 km
 B00627 Saucony Fastwitch 5 #27 Saucony Fastwitch 5 (2011)
Weight: 269 g
Notable races: IM Florida 2011 (run split: 3:03:01)
476 km
 B00626 Asics DS Trainer 15 #26 Asics DS Trainer 15 (2011)
Weight: 335 g
671 km
 B00625 Brooks Racer ST4 #25 Brooks Racer ST4  (2011)
Weight: 271 g
656 km
 B00624 Asics 2150 #24 Asics 2150  (2011)
Weight: 366 g
700 km
 B00623 Nike LunarGlide 2+ #23 Nike LunarGlide2 + (2010)
Weight: 340 g
814 km
 B00622 Asics 2150 #22 Asics 2150 (2010)
Weight: 368 g
750 km
 B00621 Asics 2140 #21 Asics 2140 (2010)
Weight: 360 g
720 km
 B00620 Asics Hyperspeed 3 #20 Asics Hyperspeed 3 (2010)  Legendary racing flats!
Weight: 206 g
Notable races: New York marathon 2010 (2:40:13)
Rotterdam marathon 2011(2:37:45)
IM Austria 2012 (run split 3:12:38)
IM Hawaii 2012 (run split: 3:02:50)
(still in rotation) 530 km
 B00619 Brooks Racer ST4 #19 Brooks Racer ST4  (2010)
Weight: 285 g
Notable races: IM Frankfurt 2011 (run split: 3:05:04)
730 km
 B00618 Salomon XT Wings GTX #18 Salomon XT Wings GTX (2009)  Gore Tex trail running shoes for winter running, now used only for hiking due to high weight.
Weight: 434 g
308 km
 B00617 Nike Free 5.0 V4 #17 Nike Free 5.0 V4 (2009)  My first foray into minimalist running shoes.
Weight: 255 g
(still in rotation) 417 km
 B00616 Asics Kayano 15 #16 Asics Kayano 15 (2009)
Weight: 396,5 g
904 km
 B00615 Nike Zoom Elite 4 #15 Nike Zoom Elite+ 4 (2009)
Weight: 326 g
Notable races: Boston marathon 2009 (2:50:46)
1009 km
 B00614 Asics GT2130 #14 Asics GT2130 (2009)
Weight: 360 g
1052 km
 B00613 Asics Kayano 14 #13 Asics Kayano 14  (2009)
Weight: 397 g
1010 km
 B00612 Asics Kayano 13 #12 Asics Kayano 13  (2008)
Weight: 397 g
803 km
 B00611 Nike Zoom Elite 4 #11 Nike Zoom Elite+ 4  (2008)
Weight: 326 g
631 km
 B00610 Asics Kayano 14 #10 Asics Kayano 14 (2008)
Weight: approx 397 g
934 km
 B00609 Asics Racer #9 Asics Racer VII (2008)  My first racing flats!
Weight: 233 g
Notable races: Ljubljana marathon 2008 (2:55:32)
Berlin marathon 2009 (2:38:34)
(still in rotation) 833  km
 B00608 Asics Kayano 13 #8 Asics Kayano 13 (2008)
Weight: approx 397 g
1078 km
 B00607 Adidas Supernova Control 10 GTX #7 Adidas Supernova Control 10 GTX (2007)Gore Tex trail running shoes for winter running.
Weight: 400 g
681 km
 B00606 Nike Zoom Elite 3 #6 Nike Zoom Elite 3 (2007)  My first »faster« running shoes.
Weight: approx 326 g
Notable races: first marathon under 3 hr – Ljubljana marathon 2007 (2:59:08)
870 km
 B00605 Asics GT2120 #5 Asics GT2120 (2007)
Weight: approx 360 g
936 km
 B00604 Asics GT2110 #4 Asics GT2110 (2007)
Weight: approx 360 g
919 km
 B00603 Asics GT1110 #3 Asics GT1110 (2006)
937 km
 B00601 Nike Perseus 02 Nike Pegasus #2 Nike Pegasus (2005) and #1 Nike Perseus (2004)
986 km (Pegasus), 1056 km (Perseus)
Notable races: first marathon – Ljubljana marathon 2004 (3:46:36)

5 thoughts on “My running shoes (so far)

  1. Nicola

    What you say about running gait and economy is exactly what I got told by my feet and legs.
    The Saucony Virrata are my absolute favourite. I do not know why, but my feet feel really at home in them and when I run in the Virrata, no other shoe compares, from step 0 onwards (only the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger gave similar feelings recently).
    I have run my last two Marathons of 2013 with the Virrata, with better recovery than with the Mirage II, used in 2012…


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