Manchester University
Oak Leaves

December 9, 2016


MU Cross Country Finds the Right Fit

Alaina Lewis

There are many different types of shoes to choose from in the world of cross country running, from metal spikes to rubber spikes. Depending on the course, one might even use track sprinting spikes.

“My favorite shoe for running is the Asics GT-2000 series,” Connor Bresnahan said. “I have been using this model since my freshman year of high school. I like them because I haven't had any significant injuries while wearing them, so I've had no need to change. 

“In addition to those, I have three different shoes for running,” he continued. “I have a pair of Ascis trainers that I wear for all of my recovery and long runs. I get a new pair of these every six to eight weeks, and I have a pair of Adidas racing flats. I wear these for my workouts. Also, I have a pair of Adidas spikes that I wear for races.  My favorite non-running footwear would be Teva sandals.”

Overall, the Manchester cross country team seemed to favor the brand Brooks. Part of what makes Brooks so unique is that, unlike most cross county shoes, they are not unisex; they have specific men’s and women’s choices, meaning that sizing is more traditional. Additionally, they have a variety of sizes and widths, along with designs and spike size.

“My favorite shoe is Brooks Adrenaline,” Blake Harris said. “I like them because they help me stay healthy. I currently own four pairs, but we go through them regularly. My competition shoe is Saucony Endorphin and my favorite non-running shoes are my Nike sandals; they are easy to slip on and comfortable”
Taylor Aeschliman had no problem identifying her favorites, either. “My favorite shoe is Brooks Glycerin; it's my favorite because at comfortable and high stability,” she said. “I own five pairs of cross country shoes, and my special competition shoe is my pair of Brooks or New Balance spikes. My favorite footwear other than my running shoes are either my Birkenstocks, Converse or Sperry’s.”