It’s no secret that I am a fan of Brooks running shoes. In the past I’ve worn the Ghost, Ravenna, Adrenaline, Pure Flow, Pure Connect, and Pure Cadence.
Lately my all time favorite is the Launch. I remember my first pair of the Launch 2. They hurt my feet and I sent them back. Months later I decided to give them another chance. Cannot remember the reason. I mean, they hurt my feet so why would I try them again? I am very glad I did because those were GREAT. I was upset when they weren’t available anymore. Then the Launch 3 came out and they felt different. I trained one summer in them and then sent them back to Brooks (they have a wonderful 90 day return policy). They just didn’t feel as good as the Launch 2. Then the 4 came out and they are just as good as the 2.
They are so good that I am stocking up. I have 3 pairs in rotation and have 10 new pairs in boxes. They’re still on sale at Running Warehouse and I am tempted to get more pairs. That’s how much I love them! I know the Launch 5 is available but I am going to wait a few months before trying them out.
I don’t just own running shoes. 🙂 I teach 2nd grade and am on my feet all day long so I need comfortable shoes. Last summer I invested in a pair of Tieks by Gavrieli ballet flat. I’ve been wearing them almost everyday and like them a lot. They’re comfortable but I am not too crazy about the price (the cheapest is $175 and the most expensive is $265).
Each pair comes neatly packed in a blue box with a cute bow. Tieks are sold in whole sizes only. Tieks typically suggests going down if you’re a half size unless you have a wide foot or sometimes size up. I’m an 8.5 but I have wide feet but ordered an 8 and a 9. Included in the box is a black pouch to store your Tieks and a small tote bag. There was also a handwritten personalized note which I loved.
I tried both pairs and kept the size 9. I love that they have FREE shipping. And if you want to return or exchange them, they also have free return shipping.
You’re probably wondering if they’re worth the price. For me they are. I’ve worn shoes from Aerosoles and Naturalizer but after a while my feet hurt. Plus, they don’t last long. I will admit that when I first started wearing them, when I went back to work in August, my feet did hurt. I thought about sending them back. I couldn’t so I kept wearing them and after a few more days they were comfortable enough to wear all day. Now, I am very pleased and happy with them.
I know they’re expensive but the next pair I want to get is the Chestnut. Black and brown are shoe colors that go with pretty much every outfit. But check how pretty the red, purple, and blue shoes!!
What is your favorite brand of running shoes? How many pairs do you have?
Linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.