My thoughts on them are the same and I really don't run in either anymore. I don't have a single "go-to" shoe or brand for all my runs like some runners may. Perhaps it is because I haven't found my "sole-mate" yet. You know, the one that was meant for me for life!
There isn't one shoe out there that is perfect for all runners because we are all very different. We each need to pick and choose the shoe that is best for us and not to worry too much about what others might say or think. Yes, Free Runs and RealFlex aren't true minimalist shoes but if they are what you want and you feel good running in them, go on and run! I personally still feel the RealFlex provide a bit more stability if that is something you need. I think I got injured with the Free Runs but not because of the shoe itself, I ran months and months and months in them, but because I ran so much in them and didn't pay close enough attention to the sole. The shoe was breaking down and I missed it. On that note, the Nike Free Runs don't seem to allow me to run as many miles in them as say the Brooks Adrenaline. Now that is a hardy shoe!
Fit - Try the shoes on, on both feet, and see how they feet. Are they snug where they need to be, is the toe box roomy for you, do you feel good in them? I have never been professionally measured or evaluated but I do listen to myself a lot during my fitting.
Weight - What are you really looking for? I tend to go for lighter weight shoes but do have some heavier ones for training purposes. For example, my newer Nike Flywire are heavier and less flexible than most of my shoes but they fit well and I thought, give them a try. And yes, I bounce the shoe around in my hand a bit to evaluate the weight and feel of the shoe.
Flexibility - This is important to me. I want a shoe that moves with my foot. I bend and test the shoe to see how it responds.
fit, weight, flexibility.
Looks - Not really a true factor but if I had a choice, I would go pink! It is just more uplifting to tie on brightly colored shoes and sometimes that is the toughest part of the battle....tying up the shoes so you can go run!
Today I am grateful for:
- Being able to share my viewpoint on shoes
- Warm coffee
- The Giants winning because it makes dear hubby happy
- Volunteers at work
- Closed toed shoes