As you may be able to see from the photo, they're Brooks Revel (last year's model at a lower price). I got them mail-order from the Brooks website. Ordered Tuesday, arrived today (Thursday) from Germany. Skinflint that I am, I avoided paying £5 carriage charge by ordering an £8 three-pack of Brooks running socks to take me over the free carriage threshold. So in effect, I got three pairs of socks for £3. I'm happy.
I haven't enjoyed the recent hot weather one bit, so I'm glad it's a bit cooler now and I can get out and pound the tarmac again. Due to the heat, I only managed six runs in June and five in July. But now I'm back on my regular schedule of running every other day. I've done 22 k since 9 August, including one 8 k. I'm very slowly heading for 10 k, but not with any particular plan in mind - just as I feel able to push a bit further. The new shoes may spur me on a little! Don't ask about speed. I go slooooow. I began running and c25k last August and graduated, after a knee injury and a c25k restart, mid-December.
It was my one-year runniversary a week or so ago, so the shoes were my gift to myself and are really my first pair of proper good trainers. Why Brooks Revel? Well, I've long wanted a pair of Brooks - I've always liked the look of them. Soon after I started running I bought a copy of Runner's World magazine. In it is a shoe-buyers guide (it seems to be an annual thing that they do). You answer a few questions and it gives a range of shoes that should suit you. One of those, for me, is the Brooks Revel. Also, on the Brooks website is a similar thing that asks some questions (mostly different questions to the magazine) and comes up with the recommended Brooks shoe for you. When I did that, it recommended the Revel as well. Interestingly, it's not as if they are trying to sell the most expensive, as Revel is about the least expensive shoe that they make.
I'll be out there tomorrow, trying out the new shoes. Perhaps, when I've given them a good few k, I'll let you know how they are.