Shoe Brand Loyalty

I am not sure about you but when it comes time to replace my shoes I tend to stick with the same brand/models. Right now that means a pair of New Balance 890 for everyday use and a pair of Mizuno Wave Ronin 3′s for more intense workouts.

In case you are wondering, the reason this came to mind for me tonight is because I just bought a new pair of Wave Ronin 3′s because mine are at the end of the life cycle and I found a great sale online and in a few weeks time it will be time to look to replace my 890′s.

I’ve stuck with New Balance shoes for a while now. After going through several pair of the New Balance 860 stability shoe which provides support over-pronation I decided to look for a lighter everyday shoe which is how I now ended up with the 890.

I gave the Mizuno Wave Ronin 3 a shot last year when I was looking for a racing flat. After wearing them for two marathons last year I didn’t think twice about buying a second pair when the time finally came to replace them this month.

The point I am trying to make with this is that I tend to stick with what I know in terms of shoes. When it comes time to replace my shoes I just go out and buy a new pair of the same shoe I have been sing or I buy the new version if it has been updated. I am not sure that is a bad thing since it has worked for me so far but it just means that I don’t look at other when I go to replace my shoes.

Do you always stick with the same brands or do you try different brands based on price or other features that catch your eye?

3 thoughts on “Shoe Brand Loyalty”

  1. I keep trying to find the same shoe after a disastrous upgrade from Brooks Glycerine 6 to 7. However, Edmonton Running Rooms have nada on the Ghost 3s (the one I’m wearing right now), so I guess it’s back to the ol’ drawing board. :P I heard that Ghost 4s have incorporated the same technology that was changed between the Glycerin 6->7, so I’m very leery of trying them.

    1. I am fortunate that I have not had any issues with upgrades so far. Hopefully you find something that works for you soon.

  2. I’d love to be brand loyal, but as shoes change from model to model, I like to try on as many different pairs as possible. That said, I will stick with a shoe as long as it works and buy it cheap online.

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