Choosing running shoes is a personal matter. So no matter what anyone says, there’s no perfect pair for everyone.
On the contrary, there are hundreds of models ranging from lightweight running shoes to sports shoes with maximum cushioning and everything in between. Each shoe is also different: some are suitable for narrow heels, while others are comfortable for a wide forefoot.
How about arch support? What about flat feet? There are countless combinations of foot shapes, training needs and personal preferences to make a unique choice.
For many runners (and walkers!) looking for new shoes, these models are a great start.
Here are some of the best running shoes that fit most people in most situations, as well as a few variations of each brand:
ASICS GEL-Nimbus 24
Brooks Ghost 14
HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Molnet X 2.0
Saucony Ride 15
Altra Torin 5
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
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How do you choose the right running shoes for you?
There are many ways to classify and choose running shoes. There are easier and quicker ones. There are minimalist models and models that have multi-day cushioning. Carbon or plastic soles.
But the best running shoes for you are usually about one thing: comfort.
If you have to squeeze into a shoe that’s too small or if your toes are pressed against your forefoot, you won’t feel ready to walk or run, and no shoe is good if you don’t want to run in it.
If you’re new to running, here are some basic tips:
Basically, there should be a space as wide as your thumb between the top of your big toe and the front of the shoe.
Your toe should be in the middle of the sole and not at the edges. If your foot extends over the sides, try a wider shoe.
There should be no break-in period – the shoes should be comfortable right out of the box (although we don’t recommend running a half-marathon in a new pair of shoes the day you buy them).
As you get more experience, you’ll know whether you prefer more or less cushioning, a firmer or softer model.