Thanks for the feedback, can only go as far as London since I live overseas - NB apparently have the 860v2, 870v2, and 890v2 trainers as equivalents. Not sure of their quality, will have to try them out. Any ideas?
Skinzman, I am similar to you, just 1.5 stones less. I am considering the Newton range (Distance or Sir Isaac) as a secondary training shoe to the Brooks Ghost (will be getting the 5). In the meantime, I will also consider the Brooks Pure Cadence (I have a low arch) or Brooks Pureflow with insoles. Hope this helps.
I am based outside UK and periodically visit the country. I buy all my gear from the UK since certain brands are not found back home and I like trying them out before buying.
I am concerned that a number of shops in London do not have either the Brooks Pure Connect or the Pure Cadence. I tried Sweatshop and Run & Become - the latter are still checking but Sweatshop do not stock it at all.
Any help in this regard will be appreciated.
My second question is re the choice: Connect, Cadence and Flow.
I am a 1.75m/81kg/mid foot striker, running up to HM distances.
Low arched, wide feet, slightly pronating - normally run with Ghost 4 with soft insoles and the Brooks ST5 without insoles. Both are excellent.
I thought of the Cadence but what about Connect and Flow?
I initially thought I had a neutral gait (or so I was diagnosed) until I tried out the Sweatshop Gait Analysis at the Great North Races event on the eve of the GNR. I was newly diagnosed as being a mild pronator, and custom made insoles were done on the spot.
My question is - can I run with insoles and a neutral shoe rather than go for a shoe for over pronators?
My view is that the onsoles on top of the neutral shoe setup would be a more customised experience rather than getting a pair designed for overpronating athletes.
Another question - I've recently had pain in the arch of one of my feet - probably the Tibialis Posterior. Is it to do with my low arch?