How we choose
The following shoes are highly regarded for things like quality, comfort, and affordability.
Many of them are made by brands that runners have trusted for years. In fact, some of these shoes have been around for decades. Other companies are newer to the game, but they bring some impressive new features to market.
We also call brands that have the American Podiatric Medicine Association (APMA) seal of acceptance. This means that APMA recognizes the brand for providing products that support the health, comfort and safety of the feet. Branded Shoes
Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 37 is a good all-round shoe if you’re looking to do a variety of workouts in your workout. It’s light, with ample cushioning in the forefoot. Runners say this is a durable shoe that offers good energy return, or rebound, with every step. And when it comes to distance, reviewers say the Pegasus is a great choice, whether you’re looking to run 1 mile or 26.2 miles. As a bonus, the Pegasus comes in regular and extra wide widths to fit a variety of foot shapes and sizes. Shoes And Sneakers
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Considerations: Some reviewers note that the size may be a bit small, so you may want to order this shoe at half your normal size. Others say the toe is narrow and that these shoes aren’t comfortable if you like running without socks.
HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6
Do you need cushioning? This shoe delivers. The Bondi 6 offers a neutral ride, with a full EVA midsole leading one reviewer to call it “the most comfortable and ugliest shoe in the world.” Seriously, runners love HOKA for the wide toecap of its shoes. Reviewers share that this particular model has a knit upper that allows for excellent ventilation on hot, humid summer days. Best Sneakers
As already mentioned, not everyone likes the super cushioned look of these shoes. Beyond that, they are priced at the higher end of the spectrum. Reviewers say the Bondi 6 should be used primarily for running on pavement because the height of the sole can increase the chances of rolling the ankles on uneven ground.
Brooks Ghost 12 (Men)
If you’re looking for lightweight cushioning that takes you miles and miles, check out Brooks’ Ghost. These shoes are suitable for long distances on the road, treadmill running and even cross training days. Reviews say this shoe is comfortable for people with high arches and supination problems (the foot rolls when you step). Plus, it’s light enough that many people say they can use it on both fast work days and long race days.
Many people complain that the fit is small and tight, so it may need to be increased in size. Others say that the durability could be better and that nylon tends to break easily after just a couple of months. Kacamata Rayban
Asics Gel-Kayano 26
If you’re a hyperproner (your foot rolls in when you step), you might want to try a stability shoe like the Gel-Kayano 26. This shoe offers a stable midsole and arch support for flat feet. In fact, the manufacturer explains that the combination of materials in the midsole can help reduce the risk of bunions. Reviewers say this shoe is suitable for a variety of runners and offers lightweight cushioning for comfort. Others note that they are long-lasting and have been recommended by your podiatrist for use after surgery or when dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Some longtime Kayano fans say this latest version may have less cushioning than the previous ones. Other riders share that the fit has changed (smaller, tighter), so you may need to order one size up than usual. And a couple of people say they don’t like the laces that come with the shoes.