Asics vs. Brooks - Which Shoe Brand Is Best For Running?
This week I received an email as part of our Free Runner's Toolkit asking which shoe brand is best for running, Asics or Brooks?
This question is like asking, which is better, "chocolate cake with chocolate icing" or "chocolate cake with mint-chocolate chip icing". Both brands will get the job done, and it really comes down to personal preference.
What matters is not the brand of shoe, but the model of shoe.
Unlike generic footwear, a running shoe is designed to protect your feet and perform a specific function. The key to finding the best running shoe for you is finding the the best model to match your individual foot anatomy and running style.
When it comes to choosing Asics over Brooks or the other way around, know that both brands are near identical in what they offer runners. Each brand has a full line of running shoes and within each line, you are likely to find a running shoe that works for you.
The important thing is to find which model of running shoe is best for you and just because a model works one year, does not mean it will work in the future. Over time, your running gait can change or, slight modifications in the model itself can have a a positive or negative result.
I also want to go on record and say that Asics and Brooks, while popular among runners aren't the only choice of running shoes. Other shoe brands like Saucony, Nike, New Balance, Altra, and Mizuno, are just a few brands who have quality shoes on the market.
Over the past several years I have tried many brands of running shoes, but I keep coming back to Asics or Brooks, specifically the Asics Gel Nimbus and Brooks Ghost models. Both are well-made, well-cushioned, neutral shoes.
I am currently running in Brooks Glycerin 18 which is a heavy cushioned, neutral, running shoe. It definitely has a slightly edge over the Brooks Ghost in terms of a more cushioned ride, without any noticeable extra weight. I am on my second pair and plan on sticking with them for the near future.
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