I like buying new running shoes. I currently have about 4 pair, but really use two of them. I am a mild overpronator, not much though, and can wear neutral or stability shoes. Because of my size (6'2" ish and 187 or so), I generally get a stability shoe. Right now, my current favorite setup at home is a pair of Asics Gel Kayano 15, size 12.5. Size 12.5 is kind of a funny size. Most running stores stop carrying half sizes at size 12 so the choices are either a 12 or a 13. I have tried 12s and 13s and never got it quite right. So, I search out my 12.5 and have to leap if I see a pair I like in my size. I also try to buy locally to support running stores, and I love the feeling of buying a pair and taking them for a ride. Something about ordering shoes over the net is much less fulfilling.
At the gym right now, I keep a pair of Brooks Trance 7 to run with. They are great, awesome, wonderful and my first pair of Brooks. I love the way they fit and feel. My Asics have given me some toe discomfort over the last several months, including blisters on the tips of my toes and a couple black toenails. Of course, I have been running harder and faster in them, so it may not be the shoes. But the Brooks just seem to fit right. Alas, they are reaching the end of their days, and it is time for another shoe and another pair.
I tried Brooks because my last bestest favorite shoe was the Asics 2130 (in Orange/Black). They were great and awesome too (liked them better than the Kayano, even.) But at the end of their life I bought the successor to the 2130, the Asics 2140. Although the press generally had them as the same shoe, they fit me differently and feel different. The first several times I wore them I got enormous blisters on the inside of my heel and just didn't feel right. That was the end of them. If anyone wants a pair of slightly worn (30 miles?) 2140's size 12.5, let me know. I will probably send them off to Shoe 4 Africa (I save all my old shoes and send a box once a year or so.)
That led me to Brooks -- I got a good deal on the Trance 7, they looked cool, and felt good. And have turned out to be great. I can't wait to get the Trance 9, which just came out (but, alas, am having trouble finding it in 12.5).
One shoe I have been keeping an eye on and splurged on yesterday is the Nike Lunar Trainer. They are totally different, and like no other shoe out there. I tried them on at the running store, and they feel different. And they have a curved last so you look down and it seems like your shoes are not on straight. Nike has just discontinued them in favor of the Lunar Glider, and I tried that shoe on last weekend. It had a high arch support and felt a little odd. And I didn't like the way it looked. I'll give that some time. But I ordered a pair of the Lunar Trainers off the net at a steal of a price (and in 12.5 to boot), and should be here tomorrow. I can't wait to see what they feel like and give the olds Brooks a rest.