When I first started running in high school, I got a pair of Saucony shoes. Then, I kept getting them, switching models, getting various models to train at once in, and loving every single pair. In between my love fest for all Saucony shoes there was a pair of Nike's that I hated. That made my love for Saucony increase even more. Currently, I am training in 4 different models of Saucony shoes. Then I went to my favorite running shoe store today.
I wanted to get a new pair of shoes to start to break in before my marathon 2 months away. When I walked in, I was talking to the guy who was working tonight about my mileage, training, and so forth - all the normal runner questions. He had me get on the treadmill and told me he would bring out the new version of Saucony Triumphs, but asked if I was opposed to trying a different brand. Thoughts came to my mind...."will he bring out a pair of Mizzuno's? Brooks? Asics? I don't know if I can do that...I love Saucony."
He came out with Triumphs and a pair of Newton shoes. I tried on the Triumphs but they felt weird. Saucony has recently redone most of their shoes and I could tell. Then, I tried on the Newton. At first they felt weird because the size was off. Then I got put in a smaller, correct size and my feet felt happy. I stopped myself after 1/3 of a mile, even though I wanted to keep going. I was sold. I bought a non-Saucony shoe.
Are you loyal to one brand of shoe? Do you wear Newton shoes?