Welcome back friends! Now that you are all experts and know what type of running shoe is best for you, I have made some selections for the best specific running shoe for each category: Netural, Trail, Stability, and Track and Field. For those that may need a little refresher of last month’s blog, please check it out here!
As I mentioned before, I wish there was one shoe that I could recommend that would be the best running shoe for you. Unfortunately, there is no magic shoe that is right for everyone. I suppose it isn’t such a bad thing, as then I would have nothing to write about and be out of a job just kidding, they don’t pay me for this gig, but I digress…
In reality, there are actually thousands of possible running shoes for every type of runner. It may seem like a daunting challenge, but think of it as a fun way to start with a few umpteen shoes in your virtual shopping cart, knowing you get to whittle down the general selection to just a few choice pairs - sort of like The Bachelor, but for running shoes!
Now that we have made our Rose Selection, or whatever it is that they do on The Bachelor, (sorry, I actually do not watch the show but have heard good things) it is important to keep in mind exactly why these shoes will be important. For anyone serious about running, (generally characterized by running three or more times a week) a good running shoe will be able to provide support in the correct places and spaces, cushioning where needed, motion control, and flexibility. In short, the perfect running shoe will act as an extension of your individual foot, hopefully allowing you to run longer, farther, and to places you have never been before!
Without further ado, I provide you my top three selections of running shoes based upon customer ratings, overall technical features, best sellers and functionality in these specific categories:
1. Under Armour UA Speedform Apollo GR
2. Inov-8 F-Lite™ 240
3. Nike Flex Experience Run 3
4. Salomon XR Mission W
5. Montrail Bajada™
6. La Sportiva Vertical K Men’s
7. ASICS Gel-Kayano® 21
8. Newton Running Kismet
9. Brooks Addiction™ 11
Track and Field:
10. Puma TFX Spring v5
11. New Balance Spike
12. Saucony Carrera XC
Until next time, happy trails, roads and other unchartered terrains! :)