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I tried both of these the first week I was able to get them from RoadRunnerSports. I was very excited to try these shoes because of their simple design and classic sharp look. With that in mind, I was very disappointed once they got on my feet running. They have tons of cushioning, especially in the heel but to the point that it affected the dynamics of my stride. The heel has so much cushion that it got in the way. I found myself tripping over these shoes. This may have just been me. The uppers were very comfortable. I have a really narrow foot (B) and found that they fit pretty good. They don't breath as good as they look though. I would say check a pair out and return them if they don't work for you. My guess is that next year Pearl will make some changes and they they will get closer to a really good shoe.
Too bad Slowtwitch doesn't have more posts on running. I guess bikes are just more fun to talk about. Anyhow...back to your question. I think that the best shoes made right now, and are in fact are somewhat of marathoner's sercret, are Mizunoes. These shoes are amazing. They are light, the wave technology blows every other type of cushoning out of the water (air, abzorb, addiprene, etc.) and it lasts a lot longer. They breath good, they fit good, they are made good, they are affordable, and perhaps the best thing is that once they get something right (which they seem to have in every model), they don't change it because marketing tells them too. The changes thay make to their shoes are usually cosmetic with the only changes made being those they that actually improve the shoe. Give'm a try...I bet you'll love em...and no I don't work for them...I just love to run in good shoes. Try the Precision for a lightweight trainer and the Mustang or the Creation for your long shoe.
What if the Hokey Pokey is what it is all about?