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Past shoes. Nike, New Balance, Brooks, Adidas, and my racing flat for 5k is the Merrell.
On's just fit me and the cushion is plenty for my busted up joints.
Stop it... I'll get grilled for this but that doesn't mean you're neutral. I have the same characteristics and CANNOT run in neutral shoes long term. I'll get injured. I've proven this time after time. Switched to a mix of both neutral and support shoes.. boom. Best and most consistent running in years.
I have the hyperspeeds for races, great to run, but do get a little sore. So I train in the Clifton 3s which are great, I think they are lighter than the 4s? I also have the Pegasus, but rarely use those for long runs as I tend to need the extra cushioning the Hokas provide. Maybe look at other Hoka models? Not all Hokas are created equal!
The Saucony Freedom ISO in my opinion lacks any sort of structure (in a bad way), I have seen the most neutral runners over-pronate and I struggled to run anything over a couple miles in the shoes myself.
Saucony has a new version of that shoe that will be coming out shortly that offers the slightest bit of stability posting on the medial side and I think it will be a more successful shoe. Still a full EverRun midsole of course but with some added posting.
The Triumph ISO 4 also debuts this month and has full EverRun so the feel is somewhat similar to the Freedom while still being a little more shoe.
Hoka will be replacing the Clayton 2 with the Mach come January, so that's a good one to look forward too. The Cavu is another one from them you could also investiagte.
Worst advice I've read on ST today and that's saying something.
The Altra are zero drop the very opposite of what the OP needs with PF. The OP also said they like cushioned shoes.
FFS people read, think, then reply
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The freedom probably isn't as cushioned nor does it have the same amount of drop as the Supernova. It's more cushioned then the Kinvara though. Both use a TPU midsole.
With PF you want to elevate the heel to take strain off the PF which means no 0 drops, no 4,5 and I'd start higher than 6mm then if I didn't find the shoe I'd work down that direction. The Freedom ISO is 4mm the Clifton is 5mm.
I'd encourage you to start with shoes at a minimal 8mm drop and compare those to 9,10, 12mm drop shoes. IIRC the Supernova's are 10mm.
Asics Gel Pursue, Cumulus Nimbus IIRC all are 10mm
361 Running Spinject (8mm), Meraki (9mm) Spire 2 (11mm)
Adidas - Supernova
Saucony Ride, triumph ISO both 8mm
Nike Pegasus or Vomero -10mm
Mizuno Wave Sky or Wave rider both 10mm
that should get you started on some shoes that may work
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I think what I like so much about the Nike Air Pegasus is that they're just good, basic, well-built running shoes. No gimmicks. I wasn't amazed by them when I first put them on because they just felt like normal running shoes. The more I run in them, the more I like them. I liked the feel of Hokas when I first tried them on, but I was never impressed with their quality (especially for the price).
The Pegasus may not have as much cushioning as you're after, but they are good shoes if you decide to go that route.
In fact, it's eminently arguable that it's actually better for your shoes (or lack thereof) to NOT totally shield you from the required forces of running (particularly ground impact and achilles loading) so you are intrinsically limited to slower buildups. Yes, it requires more patience, but running is an impact sport and should be treated as such.
You do NOT want shoes that allow you to 'defy' the gradual buildup recommendations that have been proven with time and practice across all sorts of runners of all backgrounds. Even if you were a high-mileage guy before, but now only running <20mpw, it is seriously not a good idea to decide you can put on cushiony shoes and bang out 15-20 milers in a single pop just because you can.