There was a time when my running shoe collection was not really a collection at all. Instead it was just a single pair of shoes. Let’s all take a moment to reflect on those simpler times in my running journey.
Ahhhhhhh, that was a nice look down memory lane wasn’t it?
Times have certainly changed. And while I don’t have an enormous shoe collection like some other runners, I do have three different pairs of shoes that I wear for three very different purposes. And I am in love with each and every pair for very different reasons.
Let’s take a look at them shall we?
Altra Intuition 1.5
These are my everyday street running shoes. They were my first pair of shoes that were zero drop (meaning the heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground) and I immediately fell in love with them. I transitioned to them very easily but you should definitely give yourself time to adapt if you decide to take the plunge.
A unique thing about Altra shoes is that they have a wide toe box. Most running shoes are much narrower at the toe. This also takes some getting used to but now I wouldn’t want my shoe any other way.
The best way I can describe these shoes is that I feel like I am running in a pair of slippers. They are that comfy! But they are also supportive and durable enough to handle the miles that runners put on them.
Altra Superior Trail Shoe
Since these are also Altra’s they are very similar to the Intuition’s that I talked about above but with one exception. These are made to tackle trails. The soles of these shoes are more aggressive in order to provide traction on the trails while still offering the same comfort factor and zero drop component as the Intuitions.
And while they are trail shoes I would not recommend them for mud runs or OCRs. For me they are too wide in the toe for obstacles, they retain water too easily and they don’t clean up as well.
Inov-8 Trailroc 226
I did an in-depth post about these shoes yesterday, so you are welcome to check out that post by clicking here. To summarize, these shoes are also zero drop like the Altra’s but they have a narrower toe box which makes climbing on obstacles easier. They are also lighter than the Altra’s and the tread on the bottom is even more aggressive than the Superiors. What makes these a great pair of shoes for mud runs and obstacles races is that they are lightweight, they drain well, they provide excellent traction in the mud and they clean up well. I highly recommend them.
So there you have it, these are the three pairs of shoes that help me get my run on!
What shoes are in your arsenal?