Over the last 4 years I've managed to log somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 miles, all of which was on dirt trails with the exception of 40-50 miles (the most recent 600 miles have been logged since June first). My current shoes are Asics Gel-Scouts ("neutral" category, I am heavy and have high arches), and they are looking seriously beat after logging about 700 trail miles.
I told you that to ask you this:
I was just roped into joining a 200 mile relay team for this weekend (I'm being asked to run about 30 miles in 30 hours) as last minute replacement. Clearly my trail shoes aren't going to cut it; any suggestions and/or strong recommendations?
The Gel-Scouts are trail shoes; with that in mind, a few comments:
In my experience, my trail shoes typically last at least a thousand miles (at least if the uppers can hold up), trail running provides so much shock damping than road running that the need to replace them for the absorption characteristics seems to be vastly reduced.
I was looking for a recommendation for a road shoe to wear for the relay; I'm thinking my current (or any) trail shoes are probably not the best candidates.
My current Gel-Scouts "sprung a leak" near the little toe on both sides just this week, so they're pretty much gone.
Nobody in my area carries the Gel-Scouts.
After trying on probably two dozen pairs of shoes this afternoon, I ended up with a pair of Brooks Glycerin 11s; my first pair of Brooks since 1979.