I have wide, flat feet, which makes finding any workout shoes a challenge. I also do cardio 6 days a week and lift legs 2 days a week, which has killed my last 2 pairs of gym shoes after 6 months. So now I bought lifting and running shoes.

I’ve gone through a succession of running shoes that I thought felt amazing at first and progressively got worse and worse. Before I started lifting, I got about a year out of a pair. But with the lifting, that cut the shoe life in half.

Oh, and I get gnarly callouses that require periodic pedicures. My wife enjoys me coming to the nail salon with her where I happily pay a nice lady to take a cheese grater to the bottoms of my feet.

My progression of running shoes has been...

1. Saucony Stabil CS3 - a super beefy “motion control” shoe from when I was still fat and needed all the help I could get. After I lost a bunch of weight, they were just too chunky.

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2. New Balance 860v6 - a lighter weight stability shoe that still had decent support for my flat feet.

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3. Asics GEL-Nimbus 18 (pictured at the top of this post) - a more cushioning focused shoe with some stability thrown in. I loved the cushion on these but my running pace went down compared to the 860v6 because they were too soft.

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Now that these are nearing their end, and also because I squat and deadlift better in bare socks than cushioned running shoes, I picked up some New Balance 1267 cross trainers for lifting.

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While it might be hip and cool to lift in CrossFit weirdo cult member shoes like Reebok Nanos or Innov-8s or Nike Metcons, I need the damn extra-wide 4E width. I even tried the NB cult member shoes, which came in a 2E width, but no dice. At least the 1267s have some neon green on them and don’t look entirely like dad shoes, like say, these.

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So that solved the lifting shoe need (at least it will once UPS Ground finally delivers them to me next Monday) but my runners are still shot. So today I went and tried on a bunch of runners. It came down to the updated New Balance 860v7, or the Asics GT-2000 5. Both of which are light-stability shoes like the 860v6 I had before, except gray and ugly.

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It was a bit of a toss-up, so I went with the GT-2000 5, because they were at the same store where I got my GEL-Nimbus 18s, and they have this deal where if you buy one pair of shoes at full price, your next pair is half off. They ended up being $60 instead of $125 for the 860v7s.

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Hopefully, now that I won’t be lifting in my running shoes or running in my lifting shoes, they’ll last longer.