I have 14 pairs of running shoes - not because I am rich, nor because I am some kind of running addict- but because I have yet to find a truly comfortable pair!!! My most comfortable and usable shoes are Skecher GoRun 4's - BUT they are quite expensive here because of our lousy AUD/US exchange rate and they wear out underneath VERY badly making them actually more expensive than my second best Nike's.
Anyway, I have recently purchased a pair of Brooks Pure Cadence 3 at a "runout" store - these got good writeups a couple of years ago when they were first released - and now being an old model were reasonably inexpensive to buy - less than half the original price. Like the rest of my shoes - they seemed very comfortable in the store - but 30 minutes of running in them yesterday made them get tighter and tighter ( as I guess my feet swelled?) - I managed to finish my 45 minute easy run - but it became very painful. When I got home I took the inner soles out - to find that they are quite thick. Replacing them with el cheapo flat and thinner insoles makes it much roomier inside the toebox and I will see later this week how they go this way. I also have multiple pairs of socks - very thin ones, very thick ones and ordinary socks . I find that I have to wear different styles of socks in my different shoes and also dependent on what inner soles I have in them
Does anybody else have this unsatisfying relationship with their running shoes??? I do read about people who get blisters and black toenails from their shoes - and I cannot even imagine how this could be so. I would have discarded the shoes within 10 minutes of running if I had such badly fitting shoes!!!! Or am I just a sook!!!! ?)