Hopefully some of the questions that I highlight are ones you have been wondering but didn't want to ask about. Just know you can always ask someone a question at your local running store as well. 99% of the time someone has had the same question and can relate!
The first question is from Kristine:
"Do you really need to run in different shoe brands/ types each day? I've seen many blogs that recommend not sticking to one brand and rotating a few. I do rotate shoes, but now stuck to Brooks since I've never had an issue with them. Should I be incorporating other brands or can I stay with Brooks? I currently rotate Pure Flows and Launch models. And if I need to rotate another shoe, what else would I need to add?"
I am a huge fan of "sticking with what works". If Brooks is the brand that works best with your foot, by all means! I usually stick with the same brand and run in shoes that compliment each other. Your Pure Flow/Launch rotation is great as long as you are using them for different workouts. You should use the Launch for your longer/not tempo runs and the Pure Flow for quicker workouts. The lighter and less drop of the Pure Flow will help out so much with your leg turnover. The 10mm drop in the Launch offers a more cushioned run, great for long runs!
If you are not in a lighter shoe or worried about speed, it might be a good idea to rotate brands IF you can find two brands that feel good on your feet! Say you really like your Pure Flow but wanted another shoe like it you could rotate. I would grab a few shoes with a similar drop and build to your shoe (maybe an ADIDAS or Saucony) and see which feels the best. That way you can extend the life of each pair of shoes and stay on top of any injuries.
No one way is correct, but that is what works for me and most people I help. I'm in Saucony Ride and Zealots right now just because I know the Saucony fit currently works with me. Not so much of a shock to my foot, but some people really like having DIFFERENT shoes.
Great question Kristine! Thanks for asking!
Again, if you have any questions you want answered, please ask in the comments or contact me! I'm here to help!