Now what's the first step when getting started with running? Well of course you would need a great pair of running shoes, but how would you choose the best pair? How would you even know where to start? Well you can start by what you think you know about running shoes, or you can start by doing some research. There are a couple of things that come into play when trying to choose running shoes. Like what kind of running will you be doing? Distance, short distance, trails, or just on the track. Are you flat footed? Do you have an arch in your foot? There are so many complicated things that come to play when looking for running shoes. If its your first time buying running shows I recommend going to your local running shop and getting properly fitted. Its good to know if you are a support or neutral runner and this will direct you towards the right type of shoe. From there its a matter of preference.
Now personally, in my experience the brand I’ve tried the most are the ASICS. I like a shoe that is going to give me comfort and be good for longer distances, and i love a lightweight shoe. The shoes that I'm using right now, are the GEL-Cumulus 18.
These shoes have a number of features, that make it a great shoe for distance. It has a Fluidride Midsole, which provides the bounce back and cushion with reduced weight and durability. It also has Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel that helps allow movement in foot transitions. Comforter dry sock liner that is removable in the shoe and adds cushion and it’s a moisture blocker for a cooler, dryer, and healthier space for the feet. These are some of the features, but it comes with many more.
This is the shoe that I am enjoying at the moment, but these are a couple of other shoes that I recommend, that even others have said worked well for them.
1. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17
This is a great running shoe for high endurance runs. The BioMoGo Midsole that’s included gives them a customized ride, the progressive roll bar keeps your feet aligned. It has a seamless 3D Fit Print for a snug and flexible fit. Does well with comfort, support, and breathability. Has a removable insole and comes in a variety of styles and colors? The only bad thing with this shoe is that it’s a little pricey but worth it.
2. Mizuno Wave Hitogami 2
Mizunos are trendier, and flashy. They call them stylish but I think otherwise. But they definitely are flashy and different. But they have other things going for them, they are very lightweight and they are durable and supportive. They are affordable, breathable, flexible, and have SmoothRide tech for smooth transitions and vegan-friendly materials. The only bad about them is they fit a bit narrow in the toe.
3. New Balance M3190V2
These have a bounce and receptivity which helps keep you going without injury or fatigue, which is a lot to state for one shoe. Especially since I have a history of getting injuries. The soles are very thick and durable which can protect from being too hot and injured. This shoe is perfect for neutral runners, has a 12mm heel to toe drop. Runners with wider feet will feel they are too narrow.
4. Nike Flyknit Racer
This shoe has such a variety of color schemes, even this multi-color one! Love the idea of the colors. The flyknit fabric that’s wrapped around the foot like a sock does not cause any type of irritation. The breath-ability of the upper fabric helps keep your feet cool and dry during running. The design and material of this shoe makes it lightweight. So light that I would not use these for training most days. Maybe for speed workouts and a great 1/2 marathon race shoe. These shoes are comfortable, and very springy when running. What’s great is that this shoe not only has all that but the look of it makes it easy to wear casually as well.
All of these shoes and research made me read so into all the different types of shoes and brands there are. I’ve usually stuck to the same brands, but reading into different types of shoes gave me an open mind and a couple of great options to try out next after I have to change my shoes again. I do like to have a variety of style and color as well.
So I hope this little read on the running shoes I recommend, gave you some choices and some help. Don’t forget to change your shoes after 300-400 miles! Please do, I’ve learned the hard way.