I knew I had a photo of my first "good quality" running shoes somewhere, but I could not find it on Flickr. After considerable searching, I found this photo as part of a blog post, here. The results of my first few months of running are summarized in a later post, here.
The white & orange shoes are the Adidas Supernova Cushion Trainers. The blue and orange pair are called the Adidas Supernova Trail.
The trainers are the pair that went into the fire a few nights ago after serving admirably as both running shoes and yard work shoes. My more recent running shoes, the Adidas Supernova 7 Trainers (with which Adidas replaced the earlier model), are now assigned to yard work duty, and I'll be trying out the new Nike Lunarglide+ 3 shoes for running.
I see, in looking back, that I started my running effort in October 2006. I can't believe it's been five years! I can't believe how sluggish I'm feeling right now, sitting here; obviously I haven't been doing enough running! I suppose that starting on my third pair of shoes after five years indicates I haven't been putting in enough miles. Most running web sites suggest replacing shoes after four- to five-hundred miles, or six months, of regular use.
I still have the Supernova Trail shoes. They've received very little use and remain in excellent condition. They're quite heavy-duty, with rugged soles. I wear them as hiking shoes. I was going to wear them on my Grand Canyon trek a couple of years ago, but I ended up wearing the Supernova 7 Trainers instead because they had the Nike+ sensor pouch laced in and I didn't want to bother changing it over to the other shoes. The heavy lug soles on the trail shoes are good for gripping the pedals when bicycling, too. The soles and overall construction of the trail shoes are heavier and stiffer than my regular running shoes, so I don't know if I'd like them for running. Of course, my original intent -- has it really been five years already? -- was to try some off-road trail running at some point.