Having the right shoe to run with is absolutely essential. You can end up with sore or damaged feet if your footwear is uncomfortable. Worse, having the wrong running shoes can cause injury to your entire body including your shins, knees, hips, and back.
As a runner, you probably have specific things you’re looking for, whether it’s increased speed, better comfort, or something durable that can last you a long time! A running shoe is as specific as your personality.
So why not pick one that suits you perfectly and that you will look forward to putting on?
Below, I list great choices to get you moving and suit your style.
Finding the best shoes for running
For the Runner, Who Likes To Be Noticed
The eye-catching Salomon S/Lab Phantasm sticks out as you fly by in these bright and lightweight shoes. The design allows for a very personal and well-fitted shoe that promotes speed and is as unique as you are! Click here to check out the Salomon running shoe.
For the energy seeker (and my favorite)
With this brand new shoe for running, Adidas exceeded every expectation. Say hello to the Adidas Ultraboost 21 shoes. The sock-like fit, the supportive heel counter, as well as midsole boost, is ready to explode with energy in each step.
This shoe is made with Primeblue, a high-performance recycled material made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic.
For the Speed Demon
What better way to inspire speed than to put these flame-inspired shoes on your feet? In addition to the awesome color, this limited-edition but long-lasting shoe features a toe spring that supports your ankles as you dash by! Click here to check out the Asics Meta Racer
For the Fashionista
Are you a person who believes that exercising is just another opportunity to make a fashion statement? Then you should definitely check out the Saucony Kinvara 12.
With their colorful patterns and unique designs, they also feature newly-created foam and some of the best flexibility on the market, making them a great choice for any fashion plate who loves to run.
For the Nature-Lover
Do you use your runs to commune with nature? The Brooks Caldera 5 can accommodate the bumpiest of terrain with its thick sole and ability to protect your feet in any kind of weather.
For the Budget-Conscious
Looking for a good, solid running shoe while trying to stay in a tight price range? The Sketchers Go Pure 2 is available for as little as $42.99 and still gets high marks for its exceptional comfort and durability.
There are, of course, many running shoes on the market and all have pros and cons. It’s important to know your priorities in running shoes while you’re shopping.
FAQs on Running Shoes
What makes a good running shoe?
Running shoes have a specific design to allow for flexibility to mirror your running style. They also have a higher heel than other athletic shoes, providing better all-around support.
What should I consider when buying a running shoe?
First of all, remember that everyone’s needs are different. The most important thing is to find a shoe that is comfortable and supports your body and your progress as a runner.
With that, when selecting a running shoe, you’ll want to consider that it fits properly in a nice, snug mold. The heel height, also known as the drop, is also important and can vary from person to person.
You’ll also want to consider the cushioning and motion control. Here is a great article with more details.
How long should I use my running shoes before replacing them?
It depends on how much and how far you run, but if you’re a frequent and intense runner, you’ll probably need to replace them every four to six months, or every 300 to 500 miles, whichever comes first.
Will running shoes make me faster?
Your speed and agility depend very much on your individual fitness. However, if your shoe is comfortable and well-suited to you, you will be likely to focus on other aspects of running that will eventually make a positive contribution to your speed.
If you run in a bad shoe, it’s almost guaranteed to slow you down eventually because the discomfort will distract you.
Can I wear my running shoes casually?
It may be tempting to slip your running shoes on for a quick trip to the grocery store, but the more you do that, the quicker your shoes will wear out. Save your running shoes just for running and find another pair of sneakers for your casual needs.
How do I know when to replace my running shoes?
It’s important to watch for general wear and tear in your shoes in the toe and sole area. You may also feel the heel becoming less supportive. A good test is to place your shoes on a flat surface. If they don’t stand up straight, it’s time to go shopping again.
Good luck finding your most perfect shoe for running.
Last Updated on 6. January 2022 by Sabrina Wieser
Sabrina Wieser is a running expert based in New York City and the founder of Runningbrina - She is a certified running coach and experienced marathon runner. Her expertise in enhancing running performance through training and nutrition has been recognized by many within the running community and different media outlets such as Huffington Post, the Dr Oz Show and adidas running.
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