I know there is no such thing as the perfect shoe, but I sure love mine. They are Mizuno brand (Wave Inspire 8 to be precise):
Since purchase in October, I’ve put a lot of mileage on these puppies. They are quite flexible, well fitted to my long arched feet, and have a generous toe box. I did not see the value in the width of a toe box when I started running, but I soon learned after my first few black toes that a little breathing space does the tarsals good. These are by no means “minimalist” running shoes, but they nice and light for a structured shoe and I am able to feel the consistency of the ground pretty well. I did my first half marathon in my Asics (GEL-Nimbus 13), and while these shoes are great for kicking around town, going to Zumba, and even maintenance runs, I hurt pretty badly after wearing them for 13.1 miles. When I ran the Seattle half in my Mizunos, I experienced no shoe-related discomfort during the run, and I had minimal soreness the days following the race.
Anyway, I have quite the affinity for my shoes. They are a part of me–we train together. I am pretty sure this is the way men from the South feel about their pickup trucks.
Night run this evening. Hoping the current drizzle doesn’t become downpour later!