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Staff Picks for Favorite Shoes

Therapist shoe choice

As a self-proclaimed shoe nerd, I am always looking for my next shoe.  Every time a company comes out with a new technology, I want to try it out and see it makes me faster, or makes running less painful.  Our staff at Bridger Orthopedic is full of avid runners, so I asked a few of them to talk about their favorite running or training shoes.

Levi Taylor, DPT  

Nike Pegasus 36

·      Lightweight, high mileage neutral trainer that I can use for speed work and distance runs

·      Nike Zoom for light and responsive ride that gives a little bounce

·      Tried and true as it is on its 36th iteration, and even has a trail shoe

·      Cool color schemes andvarieties

Jeff Sebatka, DPT  

Altra Timp

·      Great cushioning and protection from rocks

·      Plenty of room in the toe box to let the toes splay naturally

·      Large aggressive lugs for great traction on the trails

·      Rockered forefoot tohelp propel you uphill


Emily Pfeiffer, PTA  

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger

·      Good tread for running on single track

·      Light weight and cool design

·      Can also work as a cross trainer for weights, jumping, and Metcon workouts


Brittnie Herbst, DPT

The Hoka Challenger ATR

·      great combination trail and road shoe

·      breathable with great traction

·      increased cushion while still being lightweight

·      larger toe box for added comfort


Maggie Burns, DPT

Brooks Launch 6

·      Neutral shoe without too much cushion so I still get a sense of responsiveness and recoil from every foot strike

·      Relatively lighter weight than some of its intra-brand neutralc ounterparts making it function for both my longer distance training runs and speed work;

I have even used this shoe in lieu of a racing flat for various running and multisport events

·      The sole holds up and does not precede the breakdown of the foam or the upper saving me from midseason replacements

·      Wet, sweaty feet approve of the breathability and shape-retention of the upper



Marcel Lak, PT, DPT

Hoka One One Speed Goat

·      Very well cushioned trail shoe

·      Good traction on shale,making it a perfect shoe for the Rut

·      Nice support, and the most comfortable trail shoe I’ve owned


Dewey Peacock, Trainer

Adidas Boston 8

·      Light and Supportive Shoe

·      Great Cushion with Great Response

·      Grippy and Very DurableTread


Maury Wiegand, Trainer

Hoka One One Mach 2

·      Max cushion

·      Surprisingly lightweight

·      Provides the response of the Clayton without looking like Grandma’s shoe!



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