I love the Brooks Ghost! I have the Brooks Pure Cadence too and I'm not so crazy about them because I can't go fast in them. They are good for taking short steps though. I had the Brooks Ravenna 2 before and I liked them too.
I would go to a specialty store to at least get fitted for your specific foot. They will look at how you run and if you pronate at all and then they will be able to recommend the best type of shoe for you and then go about trying on different pairs of the same type for comfort. For example, I have a very flat foot and pronate quite a bit so I need a very stable shoe. I used to use the Asics Gel Kayano but have made the switch to the Brooks Pure Cadence which is a lot lighter and more comfortable for me.
Anyway, RoadRunner is great store if you have one in your area. If not, then just search for a running store. You will probably be looking at spending 100-200 dollars.
Hope that helps!
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I've actually been running barefoot (that's right, no shoes at all!) and I simply just love it. I run around a track, so it's clean and there are no "dangerous" objects on the ground. I thought it would be a big adjustment for me, but just as soon as I started I loved it. It's much easier on my feet and knees. Too bad I can't run like that all the time (I live between three cities right now).
When I'm not running barefoot, I have an old pair of Adidas running shoes that I wear.
I have been running all over the place barefoot, I can feel where I am. I like to try to get away with it walking into stores. Fun running over road junk and glass and golf ball sized jagged rock protrusions. The reflexes I feel now, just more fun than shoes, I feel I know my body a lot better now. Wakes up muscles and tendons and makes your feet tougher. Even if your going to wear shoes most of the time you should give it a try a few times a week, just hike around some place you enjoy.
I use Vibrams for when I need relief from rough surfaces, at times think I would actually rather have some super thin running shoes without the toe pockets, the Vibrams cause alot of friction near my toes, I go without the toe socks tho. I've only owned one pair, the Treksport model, I'm wondering if the KSO is any different feeling inside the shoe.
Hearing good things about Brooks and Vivo barefoot brand shoes, never got to try them, all they sell here is the same Nike Adidas Reebok New Balance crap over and over again.
I wanted to try huarache running sandals, like from http://invisibleshoe.com/
Ever heard of plimsolls? Their these super thin really cheap shoes, I was trying to find some but every damn store around here sells the same raised heel sneaker crap that is taking over the world.
my favorite at the moment are inov8 bare x 180 they are very thin barefootshoe only 4 mm sole.
eat feels like running on clouds, in fact all barefoot shoes do compared to convensional runningshoes.
i have read articles where they say the cheaper shoes the less injury you will have, mostly because the cheaper they are the less cushion there is.
I have been healing injurys with this way of running, so I will definetly recommend you to buy a pair of barefoot shoes.
Vivo Barefoot are my absolute favourites, will not buy any other shoes again ;) They are made very responsible (recycled materials, ...), have a super thin barefoot sole, many of them are vegan - and do look quite stylish. Not only for running, for everyday use. Your feet will love it.
Check out altrazerodrop.com all of the shoes are vegan, have zero drop and the toe box is shaped like a foot. I have the instincts and they are the best running shoes I have tried.
I know that there are quite different opinions about barefoot shoes. Here is mine:
Comparing barefoot shoes to conventional shoes is a lot like comparing LFRV to conventional food. Why? The simple underlying question is: what is the most natural way to run / walk? Of course it is barefoot. So running barefoot is the best choice, using barefoot shoes the second best (that you will have to chose if you run on unnatural surfaces). And as LFRV is not a question of body type, barefoot shoes are not a question of foot type.
Not only your feet will love it, your whole body will adept new, more natural, motion patterns. And the increased ground contact can give you another feeling of conectedness with your surrounding.
Thank you for all of the advice everyone. I ended up going with a pair of New Balance Minimus Zero running shoes. The company partnered with Vibram and developed these shoes and they are like running barefoot AND they're banana colored!!!! I've used them twice and they're real nice!