Flats as Daily Trainers?

Just curious, folks...what racing flats would you run in as daily trainers?  My first thought is to start with the marathon shoes and work from there.

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  • I find myself gravitating toward road flats more and more often these days as my preferred shoe. Saucony A5, Mizuno Universe, NB R1600, adidas Hagio are all solid.
  • Some of them, I mean racing flats, are quite more stiff than minimalist shoes, at least those I know better, like Ronin 4 or Adizero Adios.
  • I'll look into it.  It'd be nice to start shopping for shoes under $80.  It seems like I don't get much more life out of shoes in the $100-110 region, so paying 25% more doesn't really make sense.
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • They do tend to be stiffer, but I feel that's a plus for speedwork, maybe not so much for everyday training. adidas shoes tend to be stiffer than others, the Saucony A5 is fairly flexible for a road flat.
  • So if you were looking for something to use more for daily training, which would you pick (or would you pick any for 9min/mi pace)?
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)

  • A5 for me, it's just a great match on my feet for some reason. Adidas Gazelle would be up there too.
  • Cool...I'll see which one goes on clearance first, lol
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • I love Asics shoes and have had good luck with them so I decided to get another pair. I just picked up a pair of ASICS GEL-Extreme 33 for $65. Breaking them in slowly... Can't wait to start using them on a daily training basis... I went through all the reviews and they say flats are good for running so I will give them a shot...
  • Peter, have you ever tried using an XC flat (ie a spike with rubber nubs instead of spikes) on-road?  Also curious about something like the Zoom Streak XC
    Socks are a scam. Just saying :-)
  • Just a warning about the Streak xc, it's pretty narrow. My feet aren't too wide so I could fit in them.
  • Bryan - yeah, have run a bunch in the spikeless Brooks Mach series - here's a review of one: http://www.runblogger.com/2010/08/shoe-review-brooks-mach-12-cross.html

    Problem is they can be narrow, especially the Nike's. If you have remotely wide feet you may have trouble - they tend to be built for high school and college kids.

    Here's another post I wrote about cross-country flats as minimalist shoes.
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