Every triathlete is out there looking for the perfect combination of comfort, affordability, performance, durability and aesthetics when it comes to running shoes. Some have more money to explore the latest and greatest shoes and some have their tried and true $35 pair of specific brands and models that they live and die by.
There are so many choices between minimalists, lightweight, stability, motion control, neutral and a heck of a lot more. The best bet and starting point is to get your feet measured at your local running store and start trying shoes out. If you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, hit your local chiropractor or sports exercise specialists for some screening and gait analysis to find out your foot structure and what types of shoes would best fit your feet. That would at least arm you with ammunition to start with the right shoe section.
The key is to not go out training for an Ironman in a shoe simply because it's the latest fad or looks cool. A couple of long runs in the wrong shoes could amount to a lengthy setback of physical therapy, rest and recovery or worst case surgery. Not all shoes and styles work for everyone.
That being laid out, (www.asicsamerica.com) was kind enough to shoot over a pair of Gel Lyte33's that I tried out. After a couple of months on the road, paved trails and treadmills, here's a look from an every day triathlete.