10 Twitter Running Influencers Share Their Favorite Running Shoe

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Have you been wondering what shoes your top Twitter runners are wearing?

Look no further as they share favorite running shoes and a part of their story.

Brands ranging from Saucony, Asics, Brooks, Newton, Mizuno, Hoka One One, Saloman, New Balance, and Altra, Twitter runners share their favorite running shoe that guides them every single day.


1. Ryan Light @RealRunRyan

Shoe of Choice:Newton Running Shoes

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Ryan says,

“Running – people start running for many reasons – fitness, weight loss, qualifying for Boston, in my case, to completely change my life. Join me as we journey together in finding why running change my life. “I started to run after a very stressful time in my life. I suffered most of my life with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic, and anxiety. I tried everything from diets, vitamins, and conventional medicines – nothing worked. A friend of mine in his late 30’s that also suffered from some of the same types of alignment I did started running.

At first I had thought he was crazy, and thought I could never do such a thing. After a while, however, I did see some changes in him and thought to myself, ‘huh, maybe this running thing could help me with my issues as well.’ Meanwhile another friend of mine also in his late 30’s started to run as well.

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One weekend he asked me to ride along on my bike for his 18miler, which I did, and after seeing him accomplish such a feat, and how he looked and felt I made up my mind I was going to try this running thing out. And I’m glad I did. Running saved my life – literally, I was at the bottom with my OCD, panic, and anxiety. Running gave me a new found adventure, a goal, an escape so to say. It’s been four years since I took my first run…OK Jog and I haven’t looked back. Currently I have run over 40 Half Marathons, Two Full Marathons, and countless amounts of 5 & 10Ks” and loving every minute of it. I’ve made some outstanding friends, overcame challenges I I thought I never could, and best of all found a passion in life!”


Follow @RealRunRyan on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his blog.

2. Ericka Andersen Sylvester @ErickaAndersen

Shoe of Choice:Mizuno Sayonara. Light weight, not bulky, fit the shape of my foot well, never rub the wrong way. Have worn them for like five years — go to!”

Ericka is a “Full time work at home mom to 8-month-old baby boy who loves to run and do CrossFit.”

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Follow @ErickaAndersen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat: Ericka81, and her blog.

3. Monica @RunEatRepeat

Shoe of Choice: “I have been switching up my shoes lately. I really like Brooks, HOKA, Asics and New Balance. Ha! I like running shoes.”

Monica is a “Marathon Runner. Marathon Eater. Blogger.”

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Follow @RunEatRepeat on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

4. Joshua Hansen @josherwalla

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Shoe of Choice: “HOKA One One — being a bigger runner I love the added support and cushioning that Hoka offers me. My current favorite is the Clifton 2s. I am on my second pair and love them. The next pair will definitely be the Clifton 3s.

I've found that HOKA shoes have saved my feet from continual running. I run between 20-25 half marathons and 1-2 marathons a year. I need that support not just in my races, but in my recovery and training runs. I might have lost over 180lbs. but I am still rather big (6'4, 240) compared to the size of the average runner.

Plus, over the past couple of years I've been running a bit more trails and I love the diversity of most of HOKA shoes. They have some great crossover shoes that can be used on road or trail — which is ideal for Utah.”

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Joshua says,  “Over the past nearly six years I have lost 180lbs. through diet, exercise and RUNNING! After hitting rock bottom at over 400lbs it catapulted me into action. In 2011 I ran my first half marathon and made a goal at 30 to run over 180 races (one for every pound lost and the 180 degree change running gave me) over 13.1 miles before my 40th birthday. As of my 35th birthday I am at 128 races. Well ahead of my goal pace — something I didn't expect.

I run for many reasons — I love pushing myself to new goals whether it's a PR or running my first 50 mile ultra (THIS OCTOBER!), but I also love being a part of the community. I am a pacer and love to sweep the local marathons, because that's where the true grit and determination of running lays. Running has changed my life, it's been a true 180 degree turn.”

Follow @josherwalla on Twitter, Facebook, his blog, and on three Instagram accounts of @joshruns180, @josherwalla, @fight4phat

5. Tania Lamb @LolaLambchops

Shoe of Choice: “I'm loving the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2! I've had problems with my IT band, and this shoe has the stability and support I need without being too much. It's the only shoe I've found that doesn't aggravate my injury further. Plenty of cushion, and my favorite pair right now are pink and blue – like Sleeping Beauty!”

Tania says, “I'm a mother runner of 5 girls! I love to have fun, travel, engage in lip sync battles, and participate in epic group running costumes.”

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Follow @LolaLambchops on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

6. Sarah Booker @mia79gbr

Shoe of Choice: “My favourite running shoes are Salomon Speedcross 3 as they're so versatile. I've used mine for everything from parkrun to 100 mile ultras without problems. Best of all they scrub up well so even after being up to my ankles in cow poo, river water or sand, they look almost as good as new after a wash.”

Sarah says, “I'm a previously lardy girl who has swapped doner kebabs for trainers. It's just as pricey but better for my waistline. Plus I end up with a lot less garlic sauce down my front.

My first running goal was to break 30 mins for a 5k. Cracked that. Decided I may as well carry on with this running lark and am now the proud owner of a Boston Qualifying time, a London GFA and a World's Toughest Mudder Qualifier. Oh and a REALLY silly Guinness World Record.

I talk too much, love my motorbike and am addicted to Cadburys Crème Eggs. Having a tentative go at triathlon – who DOESN'T enjoy a sport you can drown, fall over AND fall off doing? – and am throwing myself into ultra running.”

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Follow @mia79gbr on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

7. Doug Hay @rockcreekrunner

Shoe of Choice: “Altra Lone Peak. I love the roomy toe box, and how well it grips to the trails.”

Doug says, “I'm a trail and ultra runner, and host of the podcast Trail Talk.”

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Follow @rockcreekrunner on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his blog.

8. Toni Church @tonee78

Shoe of Choice: “ASICS GT-2000 This is the shoe that is perfect for me at this moment n my running career. It fits me perfectly and will be my NYC marathon sneaker.”

Toni says, “I am a runner, mother and nurse. My life revolves around these three variables and works well with each other.”

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Follow @tonee78 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

9. Michael Hawley @pointonemiles

Shoe of Choice: “My favorite running shoe is the Brooks Launch. Not as bulky as my long distance, easy run shoe but not as light as a racing flat, the Launch hits a sweet spot for me. I use them for any distance training run and do not hesitate to reach for them on race day.”

Michael is, “A life-long athlete who stopped being physically active after my 20s, I was unhappy with how far I had left myself go. Facing personal changes I made the decision to sign up for a half marathon late one night. When I began training I was not able to run 30 minutes without stopping. Upon completing my first half marathon I said one was plenty. Now some 60+ half marathons later, I am always looking for where I will run my next race.”

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Follow @pointonemiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and his blog.

10. Pavement Runner @pavementrunner

Shoe of Choice: “For the marathon distance, my go-to shoe is the ASICS Kayano. I've been running in it since version 11 (and they are now up to version 23). I have full confidence that I can slip them on out-of-the-box and run comfortably. It delivers the support I need on long-distance runs and they have consistently improved the quality without sacrificing the integrity.

For shorter distances, I prefer the Brooks Adrenaline GTS. It's a slightly-lighter shoe that still delivers the support. I'm also a fan of the different designs/colors that are available on the Brooks line. Although looks aren't everything, sometimes they are.”

Pavement Runner is a, “Runner, Father, Blogger, hashtag creator, and pop-culture enthusiast.”


Follow @pavementrunner on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his blog.

Run fast and strong with the right pair of shoes for you.

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe is a runner at heart, a researcher by nature, and a writer by passion. Having traveled across the world, she continues to be an advocate for awareness and knowledge that empowers people to a better life. You can now find her running out on the trail, or nestled away writing her next article.

Portland, OR