So to begin: I am an equipment nut that is slowly transitioning from an obsession with golf equipment (been playing for 20 years, since I was a little kid) to an obsession with running shoes.
I tend to overthink the simplest choices due to extensive research and the amount of information that is out there on any given subject.
I started running about 3 years ago, and a 2 miles was a big deal for me. 2 years ago I ran my first 5k and that year I ran in 3 other 5k races and 2 5 mile races. Last year I completed 2 half marathons, 3 5k races, 2 5 mile races, and 1 10k. This year I am starting my season with my first full marathon.
I have always loved shoes and love learning about them but I am sort of a "bargain hunter" and I will extensively look for the best prices on any pair of shoes that I buy. Being that I am a large guy (6'6, 220 lbs.) it has been hard to find shoes in my size, (14) so I have been buying things based on reviews and I went once to get fitted for shoes. The shoes I got fitted for were by far the worst shoes I have bought. They were the Asics Gel Fortitude 5 in 14 EE. I didnt like the width of the shoes (felt sloppy) and they were the least flexible shoes I have owned, which I felt slowed me down significantly. I found out that I have high arches, so it makes sense that a stiff shoe doesn't work for me. The other shoes I bought were the PUMA Faas 500, which I liked due to the low weight and flexibility but they broke down quickly, the Nike Lunarglide 4 which was much too tight and pointy in the toebox but I liked the lunarlon, which felt springy, but maybe a bit too springy. My favorite shoes by a landslide have been the Asics Gel Nimbus 14 which I bought on sale because they had them in the my size in the "rainbow" colorway.
So recently I got fitted again for shoes and I went with the NB 1080 v3 which was okay but they again fitted me in the EE width, which I decided to trust. Horrible mistake. I had to return them because every time I ran I got unbearable burning sensation on the bottom of my right foot. I think the shoe is just much too wide in the toe box and was creating excess friction ( my right foot is a little smaller than my left foot, plus I am more active with my right foot when i run). My question is this...what type of shoe is good for someone training for a marathon, with high arches, who is heavy, who lands on the forefoot, who likes a soft shoe but isnt mushy, and is lightweight enough to actually run the race in? I have a pair of vibram five fingers that was instrumental last year in helping me learn to become a forefoot striker, but I am not a huge fan of having no padding under my feet. When I returned my shoes I requested a pair of Asics Kayano 19 to try, do you think these will be a good fit for me?