Not sure if I'm a bit late on this, but for info I work at a running shop and I'd advise you just to be honest up front. If your budget is say ??60 just tell them. They might have a few sale shoes available, maybe not. But if you came in to see me, stated the above and we had nothing in your price range I'd still do the analysis in exactly the same way and bring you a range of shoes to try. If you then buy last year's model online or whatever cos we haven't got em in store then fair enough. I personally have NO issue with that at all, because I know the score up front.
Many (non-independent) stores won't have a great range of sale shoes at present because all the new lines are in. There just isn't room in the stock room to stock both. So the sale stuff gets recalled to be online only. That said if you happened to need a support shoe then we HAVE got Asics 1000 for ??50, Sequence Boost for ??55, Brooks Adrenaline for ??60 and NB 860s for ??67, so a few options. Less so re neutral, but shops will vary.
Blimey, most people are in a right tangle on here by the sounds! Healing vibes to one and all etc.
selbs - wondered how you were getting on. Out of interest how's your knee now? By the sounds of it it's the only thing in reasonable working order.....
TR - yes still running, and in ok nick actually. Other than a couple of easy weeks post-Abingdon I've not really let up too much. I've been following this new plan I've devised called 'completely winging it' - seems to work. It basically involves doing lots of miles at a quite sedate pace, and then trusting your gut instinct over what type of key session(s) I need to do in any given week. Sometimes it's a long block of MP, other times it's a hard parkrun at the end of a long run, other times reps etc etc. Gut instinct tells me I need to knock it back a tad this week. To use the simmering pan analogy - I need to turn the gas down slightly to ensure I stay simmering, and don't boil over! I did race a 10k on Sat and then did Trimpell 20 on Sunday though, so no harm in running with the handbrake on for a bit.
Still very limited computer access here by the way, but I've got one of those new posh phone thingies, so will try and get online a bit more. Reliant on free wi-fi areas though, cos obviously I haven't got any data included cos that costs money
I'd agree with the Boston as a recommendation if you want to stick to Adidas (although the Clifton is a great shout too). The Adistar is the heaviest/most cushioned of the range, so to go from that to the Adios (for a Mara) might be a bit much in my opinion.
Re the Tempos - they've gone to a Boost version for the first time, and they've moved (the minimal) support much further forward - thus possibly explaining the forefoot/midfoot thing. But I'd still opt for the Bostons anyway personally. Plus you can probably pick up some of last year's colour for not much more than ??50. Good luck!!
Oh and has anyone looked at the Asics Mara app thing out of interest? According to a mate, it claims he can a sub-3 off less than 30 mpw, event though his 10k PB is 39'xx. What a quality training aid that is. Perhaps Asics are sponsoring the medical tent at around 30k at the Paris Mara?