Save Or Splurge?: A Beginner's Guide To Buying Running Gear--- I agree with MOST of this stuff. Getting quality shoes is very important. Socks can make a difference, as well as a bra. For the shirts, I honestly wear my "tech" shirts from previous races so I rarely spend money on that. Shorts and pants, I go cheap on. And sunglasses? I actually don't even wear them when I run but you can bet I would never pay more than $20 for sunglasses!