Three best men’s running shoes

Peter McPherson

Break in your new running shoes by taking a few walks in them first.

If you're a runner, you know how important the right pair of shoes can be. Not only can the right running shoes improve your performance but they are also a safer option than regular sneakers because they offer more support and traction. Some running shoes are designed for uneven surfaces, while others are better on tracks, streets, or sidewalks. Most running shoes are stylish and lightweight, but you should also consider visibility if you run on streets at night.

Your shoes are your most important pieces of equipment when running, so you want to find some that fit your needs as well as your feet. There's a lot to consider, and running shoes can be expensive, so we've put together this shopping guide to help you in your search.

Considerations when choosing men's running shoes

While a running shoe isn't absolutely necessary for running, it's the safest option and will give you the best performance and comfort while you exercise. All running shoes may look similar, but their designs vary depending on the level of support and the type of running. There are a few primary designs tailored to different running experiences.

Stability shoes are the most common type of running shoe. These provide moderate arch support and cushioning that most runners find comfortable.

Motion control shoes are designed for runners with low arches. These prevent overpronation, the inward rolling of the foot.

Neutral shoes are best for runners with high arches because they aid with supination, the outward rolling of the foot.

Men's running shoe features

Support: Unlike other athletic shoes, running shoes are designed specifically to support your feet during repetitive forward motion. They don't need to support or provide control for lateral movement the way tennis shoes do.

Foot strike: You should understand your foot strike (front, mid-foot, rear) to select a running shoe that supports your foot in the right places.

Weight: Running shoes tend to be very lightweight because they're mainly used on flat surfaces and so don't need to provide the same sort of protection as other shoes.

Fit: The heel of a running shoe should hold your foot in place but allow for some movement to prevent blisters. Similarly, the toe box should give you some wiggle room. Some users will need a wider or narrower toe box to fit properly. The top of the shoe should fit snugly, but it shouldn't be so tight that it creates circulation issues.

Men's running shoe prices: Entry-level running shoes cost between $50 and $100, but these typically use materials that are less durable and have less support. Shoes priced between $100 and $200 are made of lighter, more durable materials and are better suited to running long distances.


Q. How do normal running shoes differ from trail running shoes?

A. Trail running shoes tend to be a bit heavier because they have thicker soles and a bit more support to protect your feet. Both types of running shoes should work well on groomed trails.

Q. How do I know what type of arches I have?

A. Look at your wet footprint on some paper, such as a brown shopping bag. A medium to high arch leaves a thin or even no curved portion connecting the toes and heel. If you have flat feet, the portion that connects the toes and heel will be nearly as wide as your foot.

Men's running shoes we recommend

Best of the best: ASICS Men's Gel-Nimbus 19

Our take: These shoes offer comfort, style, and impressive durability.

What we like: Gel cushioning for great shock absorption. Shoes glow in the dark for added visibility. Stylish shoes that will serve you well for years.

What we dislike: Shoes run small. More expensive than other comparable shoes.

Best bang for your buck: New Balance Men's Mx608v4

Our take: Tough shoe that works best on trails or other uneven surfaces.

What we like: Outsoles are well constructed to handle most surfaces. Fantastic arch support. Flexible soles are comfortable for walking or running.

What we dislike: Sizes run a bit large. Men with smaller feet may not find them as comfortable as some other shoes .

Choice 3: Nike Men's Free Flyknit 4

Our take: A great lightweight running shoe from a trusted brand.

What we like: Great construction for a relatively low price. Excellent breathability and stylish looks.

What we dislike: Flexible midsole doesn't offer much support.

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