Nike Air Zoom Elite were my first real running shoes. They were yellow, school bus yellow. They were bright back in the day, but they were so comfortable. I tried Kayanos because a lot of people like the, but they were not right for my foot. After a few Adidas shoes, I finally found my dream shoe. Brooks! The Brooks Glycerin shoe air neutral and has a lot of cushion. I am on my 10th pair at least. Every foot is different, so you should get help from a running shoe store. There are guides online that could help you know what type you need. Right now, I run in the Glycerin 10. They are dark gray with pink accents. I have gone through 4 pairs of the Glycerin 10.
HINT: When the new style comes out, the old ones are discounted. I only bought one extra pair this year and I am almost through them mileage wise. If you find a shoe you love, it is a good idea to buy in multiples. Now, I have to hope that my feet like the Glycerin 11. I probably will try on some Mizunos next time. Shoes do make a difference for sure. Good shoes without a sale are going to be around $100. The Glycerins run $150 for the latest model. If you are serious about running, they are a good investment. Keeping your body healthy and free from injury is worth the price of a good shoe.
Do you have a favorite running shoe?