I’m an IT consultant, so I know the importance of proper gear and technology in meeting any goal. Back when I started this C25K program I asked my friends who were already seasoned runners which shoe they’d recommend and without reserve all advised me to purchase Asics. In addition, I completed the running shoe profiler on runners world (http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/whichshoe/1,,s6-240-325-329-0-0-0-0-0,00.html) and several Asics models were recommended.
Previously I’ve been a loyal customer of New Balance, but based on the strength and breadth of recommendations for Asics I decided to give them a try. I purchased a pair of Gel Evolution 5s through Amazon and have been thrilled with them since day 1. There was no awkward break-in period with blisters and no other problems that are common with new shoes. I love them! All of my athletic shoe purchases going forward will be Asics and as I’ve become more involved in running and met many other folks who are new to the sport I recommend Asics enthusiastically.