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Maximum Comfort Minimum Weight
on May 27, 2012
Spoiler alert: This review is not written by a runner.
I'm an "old guy" who is LMAO after reading JRO's review about the Brooks Men's Ghost 5 Running Shoe, where the author wished he could have purchased the yellow model vs. the blue, because he thought the blue "...looked like an old man shoe." Maybe so, but he was spot-on with his assessment of this shoe as "phenomenal."
I purchased mine at the end of a long day of trying to find a decent pair of "shoes for walking." You want to talk about shoes that look like "old man shoes," take a look at any popular "walking" shoe. The nuns who taught me in Catholic grade school might find them stylish, not me. I don't know anything about "neutral", and I can't compare these Brooks shoes to any other running shoes, but I know comfortable...and they are the epitome.
So as a last resort I wandered in to our local Runners Image store, and told the staff that I wanted a "shoe for walking." A quick glance at their shoe display told me I didn't have to worry about them grabbing a pair of nun's shoes to try. I also explained that I suffer from posterior tibial tendonitis. They could see that at 5'9' and 230 lbs, I'm not packing a runner's physique. I also have a wider than normal foot, but not necessarily a duck foot. The staff produced a pair of Brooks Ghost 5's, and it was immediate comfort. After wearing these gems for a couple of weeks, I haven't had any tendonitis flare-ups, and my knees aren't freaked-out from an unnatural gait from favoring a sore foot.
At this point I'd rather give up my AARP card and senior citizen discounts than my Brooks Ghost 5's. Might even buy a pair in yellow, in case they are the fountain of youth!