I've had good luck with Beasts, though I've kind of moved away from them since I started running lots of 'thons.<br><br>
Asics Evolutions are my mainstay road shoe<br><br>
Go-Lites are my "switch-to" shoe late in ultras when my feet are hammered.<br><br>
Cascadias for most trails, but they suck on wet rocks. For that I switch to Inov8 Terrocs.<br><br>
Never a simple answer from me. --- BTW 'Sole' inserts, posted up by putting a dab of RTV under the arch are a key part of making my shoes "hippo worthy."
I need a new pair of shoes and want to try something different. I'm 6'4" 220lbs and looking at the wear pattern on my Beasts I see the outside of the heel and the inside of the toes worn. I also don't feel like the cushioning lasts very long (like maybe a few weeks). I had cheap Reeboks once that felt better before I knew what shoes were about. I don't think that's a good thing.
IMO I'm not sure you'll find much that wears longer than Beasts. I'm always really reluctant to suggest a major gait change but if the heel is getting worn that fast, some minor adjustments might help. Yours is the typical and relatively normal heel striker wear pattern, similar to what mine used to be. Over the years my gait has changed to midfoot strike and it has sure changed the outsole wear pattern.<br><br>
This is common advice, sorry if it's patronizing but could you shift your stride slightly towards shorter stride / higher turnover? It is amazing how much that will reduce the stress on your legs and also the wear on your outsole.<br><br>
Oddly, I now wear a hole right in the middle of the ball of the foot. Yup, very odd.
I'm pretty lucky - I've got a nice neutral stride and every neutral cushioned shoe has worked pretty well. I don't need extra support or motion control. I even switched to all of my running in flats for a while till I realized I could only get 250 miles out of them.<br><br>
As far as durability goes, last year I got a free pair of Brooks Radius 6 when I ran Akron Marathon. They've got over 400 miles on them (I rarely get more than 300-350 max) and are still going very strong. I wouldn't be surprised if I got my first pair of 500 mile shoes. For the first time since I've been running, I plan on getting the exact same shoe twice in a row. Hollabird sports has them for about $68.<br><br>
I'm 6'1" 225 pounds.
Hippo, shorter strides with faster turnover is definitely my running mantra. Since I've gone to that life has gotten much better (re: no more ITBS). I think part of my problem is that I am kinda "duck footed". I can pull my feet into alignment but it puts a lot strain on my inner thigh muscles. So, maybe it's not that I am the classic overpronator as they show in the pictures with my feet rolling over but that my feet strike at an angle.<br><br>
Writing all this means I need to go see a podiatrist or someone in the know better than the girl at the local running store.<br><br>
I've been pretty happy with the Beasts but they aren't the most comfortable shoe. I think I'll check out the Asics Gel Evolution 3.
My favorite shoes have been the Asics Nimbus 9. Very cushiony, even with my orthotics. I just ordered another pair as they were on sale at RRS, even though my current pair is still fine. I'm not crazy about the new blue color with silver trim but that's not my main concern.<br><br>
My physical therapist said they're good shoes for me, even though they're not listed as "motion control", which I normally need. I've tried Sauconys in the past and they were fine, but I prefer the Asics. My sister, who is a high-mileage, skinny little thing, swears by Brooks. My skinny nephews, who run for their colleges, swear by Mizunos. Must be their weight, I think. "Normal" people need more cushioning.<br><br>
I used to wear Nike's for everything, but always seemed to have foot issues. A friend recommended Asics 2120s to me, and I haven't gone back. No issues, very comfortable to wear. I've also tried the 2130s and like them as well. I'm 6'3" and used to weigh 260. I'm down to 200 now, but I doubt I'll be switching shoes. They're just too reliable for me.
6' 195 (but losing). Currently I'm running in the Brooks Trance 7. I like it well enough. However, my favorite shoe has been the Gel Evolution. I used to wear the 21xx series from Asics, but they didn't have enough stability for me.