First pair: Hoka Clifton 4
Generally I look for a neutral shoe, with a good responsive/cushion mix. Most of the time the drop of shoes that I like is between 8 and 12 mm.
I first tried on a Brooks Glycerine 15. Years ago, I ran in the Glycerine 12 and liked it, but didn't like the 13 when I tried it on. I didn't like the 15 either. Nothing specific, just didn't love it.
Next I tried on a New Balance 1080. I liked this better than the Glycerine but felt a little wide in the toebox for me.
I tried on the Hoka Clifton 4 next. I was surprised at how light they felt given the ENORMOUS sole. I liked them particularly how they fit around my whole foot. I don't think I have a particularly narrow foot but many times I find toeboxes too wide. They were very comfy.
I tried on a new pair of Adidas Ultraboost for comparison and I still love those shoes. So much bounce! The ONLY problem I have with the Ultraboost is that I don't foresee them lasting as long as other shoes have lasted for me. I just crossed the 200 mile mark with them and they have significant wear on them already. I feel like I will be lucky if they get to 300 miles.
Finally, I tried on a pair of Adidas Supernovas. I had no intention of buying these because I knew a pair was going to be coming in the mail (more later) but was curious. Upon try on, I liked them a lot, although not as much as the Ultraboost.
I decided to go for it on the Hokas. Having gift cards always makes me in the "treat yo self" mindset so I did. I ran 3.25 miles in them on Sunday and liked them a lot. They have a smaller drop in them (5 mm) so I'm planning on slowly easing into them lest I end up in the land of calf pain like I did after trying Brooks Pure Flows.
Second Pair: Adidas Supernova
Anna Weber posted on Facebook that she got almost 800 miles out of a pair. WHAT?!
I ended up going with the unknown, since it was a contest and I wasn't paying for them anyways. They showed up on my doorstep last night and I plan on taking them for a spin tomorrow!
As a side note, I am really impressed with the running shoe descriptions on the Jack Rabbit website! So so informative!
Now my shoe rotation looks like:
Asics GT 2000 5 (current mileage = 267.64 miles)
Adidas Ultraboost X (current mileage = 207.32)
Hoka Clifton 4 (current mileage = 3.25)
Adidas Supernova (current mileage = 0)
I love talking shoes! What are you currently running in?