What is the Best Shoes for Running?

A friend asked me recently what is the best running shoe to buy. I told her she asked the wrong person. I used to believe that there is such a thing as a “good” running shoes and some brands are better than others but I no longer believe in that. Apart from not believing in so call “branded” shoes, I also do not follow the conventional advice like a shoe is good for only XXX mileage. Cannot buy warehouse shoes because the foam will have dried up blah blah blah….. 

Most people I know will go for the 4 big brand Nike, Asics, New Balance and Adidas. In recent years my choice of shoes have been getting a bit erratic. If I am lucky to get preview shoes, I will wear them. Like this pair of Puma Faas  which was given to me by Puma in November 2014. 

At this point in time, I don’t know any other runners who wear Puma shoes. Me? At of todate, 2 years 5 months later, I have clocked 903 km in it – more than the usual life span of a typical running shoes. Look at its condition now. And I reckon it still good enough for another 100 km or so!

And I wear Skechers running shoes as well. Oh, at least I know one other runner who wears a pair of Skechers. And the only reason I started wearing Skechers was because I read good review about it and I found one going for a discount. But since then, I grown to like it and am now into my second pair after killing my first with over wear.

And just by looking at the above 2 photos, one can tell I really make full use of my running shoes but this last one has broken the record. Tadah! 1008 km on my Saucony 4! Saucony shoes have a reputation of not being very lasting. But I think I certainly got my money worth considering I bought it a discount in 2015!

So long story short. I am not the right person to ask about running shoes. Go ask the people at Running Lab or read the very detailed review of one of our top local runners.

My Saucony Kinvara Collection

I like the Saucony Kinvara shoes so much. Since I first worn the Kinvara in 2011, I have now gone through 3 edition, the Kinvara 1, the Kinvara 2, the Kinvara 3 and currently on its last leg of the first Kinvara 3. I have another brand new pair of Kinvara 4 still in its box bought more than 6 months ago.2-DSC01745

And I just bought a Kinvara 5 yesterday!



Saucony 4:

Date of Purchase: 1 January 2015

Price: $79.50 on offer

Place of Purchase: Royal Sporting House


Singapore City Race 2016

Mizuno Ekiden 2016

Craze Ultra 2015

Total Mileage 1004 km

Retired 2 April 2017

New Shoes

It has been a long long time since I have so many pairs of new running shoes. But I reckoned it time to retire some of my running shoes and I am mighty excited at what I have to replace them with.

First on the list is my 4th pair of Saucony Kinvara. This is my 2nd pair of Kinvara 3.

I bought this a few months ago at the Royal Sporting House when there was a 50% discount. I guess the hefty discount was due to the Kinvara 4 being out for some time and the release of the Kinvara in other countries and they were trying to get rid of the number 3. Number 3 suits me fine though and if it ain’t broken, why fix it? And at 50% discount I can’t go wrong, not with my current pair hitting over 700km and although a bit worn out at the sole, still giving good support.
This is the left sole of the current shoe. Having clocked 708 km, I think it is still in pretty good shape. For the record, I managed to clocked 661 km on my earlier Kinvara 2 so who says Saucony shoes are not lasting?
Next new pair is my first Skechers. I been meaning to get a pair of Skechers Go Run since I first read about it but flinched at the price. But now that Go Run 3 is available, the price of Go Run 2 has finally been reduced and I managed to get a pair at $89.00! 

This will be my everyday training shoes to replace my Puma Mobium which despite my earlier apprehension has served me well and is still in good condition despite clocking more than 500 km todate.
Last but not least, is my first “new season” shoes. It has been a long time since I have a brand new first season shoes and for that matter, a free shoe to trial but here it is. The New Balance 980 Fresh Foam Trail courtesy of New Balance Singapore and Trail Running Singapore.
Ain’t it a beauty? Unfortunately, trialling this will have to wait as I am giving trail running a short break while I focus on my training for my next attempt on a road ultra. And beside, I still have 2 relatively new trail shoes still waiting for me to pick them up.

Saucony Kinvara 3

I really like my Kinvara. So much so that I am now into Kinvara 3. Wait a minute, I heard the Kinvara 5 is already out and I am 2 generation behind! So maybe I am not such a big fan of the Kinvara after all. But of course the reason why I am so behind is that I am the typical “kiamseap” guy and I will only pay less than $100.00 for a pair of shoes which means I have got to wait until the new season shoes are out and the last season shoes are on clearance. Like this pair of blue/white Kinvara 3.
Here it is compared to the Kinvara 2. Design wise it hasn’t change much except for more colors and more aggressive looking lines and curves.
Performance wise I don’t feel any great difference from the Kinvara 2 which is great. There are some improvements made to the materials. No time for the mumbo jumbo but they can be found here.
Anyway I like it so much that when I passed by the Royal Sporting House at Suntec and discovered it was on sale, I promptly bought another pair of the Kinvara 3, in a different colour of course!

Date of Purchase: 13 July 2013

From: Running Lab

Price: $109.00 after $50 trade in


  • Tokyo Marathon 2014
  • North East Passion Run 2014
  • Fantasy Island 50 2014
  • Sundown Marathon 2015

Retired: 27 August 2014

Total Mileage : 746.01 km

Red Kinvara 3 (second pair)

Date of Purchase: 2 July 2014

From: Royal Sporting House

Price: $79.50


  • Fantasy Island 50 2014
  • Sundown Marathon 2015

Retired: 1 August 2015

Total Mileage : 452 km

New Old Shoes

I gonna into this strange habit of buying old shoes. Old as in not used but past season shoes. I used to buy in to all those marketing crap about not wearing shoes that have been in storage for a long time caused the foam will have harden and will not be able to absorb the impact. But nowadays, it is the less cushioning read: foam layer the better so who cares whether there are any cushioning. And besides, I go for those shoes with very little foam in fact the thinner the better so that logic doesn’t apply to me anymore.
Anyway, recently to replace my dwindling stock of shoes (I am down to only 2 pairs now), I went and bought 2 new old or is it old new shoes.
First was this nice Saucony Kinvara 3 which I got from Running Lab during the trade in promotion.
That was in July and after the trade in, cost only slightly over a $100. It is still sitting inside the box though and Kinvara 4 is already out! Will it stay in the dark for a year like its older siblings? Anyway, this will be my 3rd Kinvara shoes and I think I gonna love this as well.

A month later, I got this:

The North Face Hyper Track Guide which is about maybe 10 months out in the market already? Not too old but if I am not wrong, North Face has released new models recently. Anyway, this cost me slightly over $120 after a good discount so it wasn’t too bad. Why this shoe?

More of that and the Kinvara after I finally decide to wear them.

A comparo Saucony Kinvara 1 vs Saucony Kinvara 2

After slightly over 30km of running in the new Kinvara 2, I think its time to compare how it fares with its predecessor. Like the other shoes in its range, it comes in multiple color but here in Singapore, only 3 colour versions are available, the black/green, white/blue and white black. Originally, I wanted the orange/black/yellow and so went online to get it but it was out of stock and so I settled for the black/green which cost about $40.00 cheaper than if purchase from the local stores.

Design wise, much has changed. The pattern on the body itself for example. In the Kinvara 2, the design lines are more fluid and classy. The silver and black luminous strips are pasted/sewed on unlike those in the 1 which are mere printed patterns.

On the top upper, nothing much seems to have change except that there is now a front eyelet for the shoe lace where the logo is.

On the inner side, almost everything is the same except for the heel strip.

So physical appearance wise, they are almost identical.except the fabric used for both shoes seems different. A bit more stiff in the 2 compared to the 1. Is that just a perception? Maybe so but it certainty seems to feel different.

The sole also looks exactly the same. In fact, other than the color scheme, nothing else has changed.

At the back, other than the different in design, there is one significant difference- the inclusion of a thicker heel collar. Probably mean to reduce abrasion for those who prefer to go sockless. For the same reason, the  heel counter is significantly lower.
Ok enough of the physical differences. How does it feel on the road? In my review of the Kinvara, I rated it very highly. Read the review here The 2 is still the same. I guess the people at Saucony is simply not prepared to fix what ain’t broken. So seriously I have nothing much to add other than to repeat its a great shoe. And I am considering getting a 3rd pair in my fave colour which is now in stock. Or should I wait for the Kinvara 3?