To get this group up and running i have started with vegan running shoes and would like to know what people wear as vegans on their feet while running. Myself at the moment i have a pair of New Balance 1060's which are comfortable over the longer distances, over 10 miles. Its hard to get good quality trainers at a fair price especially if you are on a tight budget. What are others experiences on getting good trainers?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/26/2009 10:30AM by eric.
Kind of late in joining in...but I just joined this forum - I wear Asics. I have no idea which kind, I get them from a local running store (great store in Manchester, NH). I run anywhere from 6 - 10 miles a week. The first pair I bought were great. The second pair - the jury is still out on them (have had blisters).
I've been wearing Mizunnos for the past year or so and they have given me the best results, however they are not vegan (at least not the ones I've found) and they are not always easy to find at a reasonable price. I usually try and buy my shoes at a discount store. I wore Nikes in the past, but they always seem to make my shins hurt. I try and run between 35-45 miles/week. Basically, I'm looking for an affordable, quality running shoe that's also vegan. Any suggestions?
Try New Balance, you can get them from Ethical wares .com but also worth trying to find them in a local store. Not only are they non animal material the ones made in the UK are also not engaged in child or cheap labour etc. They are also good running trainers.
I actually find most running sneakers tend to be vegan. Leather is just way too heavy compared to synthetic.
Personally I run in a couple of different shoes:
Vibram Five Finger KSOs - love the minimalist, barefoot-esque feeling of these. Will run more in them after my upcoming marathon & after my foot injury (see below) heals up some.
Saucony ProGrid Kinvara - recently picked these up on sale ($60) from roadrunnersports dot com; very lightweight with a wide toe box so they are pretty comfortable. Low heel rise so they tend to make you run more with a midfoot stride.
Adidas adiZero Mana - also lightweight (about the same weight as the sauconys) - narrower and a little more heel rise (so less front/mid-foot stride)
I like to mix them up. I would be running in the VFFs all the time but I had a foot injury this summer that hasn't fully healed yet and I need some padding.
I used to run in Nikes, but they are pretty heavy compared to these shoes and, for comparison's sake, tended to make me feel like I was running in mud.
> I actually find most running sneakers tend to be
> vegan. Leather is just way too heavy compared to
What about the glue though? I am looking for a new pair of running shoes but I'm concerned that whilst the material used might be synthetic, the glue used is animal based, and therefore the shoes are not vegan.
I know New Balance used to be vegan, I'm not sure whether they still are, and also some shoes in the asics range are vegan. I'm goIng to do a bit more research.