Here are a few great shoes for runners, whether you are a beginner or not. Keep in mind, the best running shoes are the right ones for you. There is no perfect running shoe. In fact, there are hundreds of road running shoes because there are all different types of feet. Every single person is different. The best way to find the right running shoe is to get fit at your local running store.
Employees at local running stores are professionals in fitting people for shoes. They see every foot type imaginable and every runner or walker imaginable. Plus, most local running stores have a lenient exchange or return policy. They allow you to run outside in your shoes and if they aren’t working, to come back!
The Brooks Ghost 13:
The Brooks Ghost is a lightweight, neutral shoe designed to do long runs, easy runs, and is even light enough to do faster runs. The smooth heel to toe transition makes it a great shoe with plenty of cushion. With a wider and seamless toe box but a narrow heel, it accommodates many different foot types. You don’t have to worry about running with a bunion. Plus, it’s also made in wides if you need an even wider toe box.
New Balance 1080v11:
If you are looking for a high cushion shoe, the New Balance 1080v11 is a great option. What makes the New Balance 1080v11 so great? There is a lot of cushion for not a lot of weight. Many people worry about high cushion and plush shoes being “too heavy” or feeling like bricks on their feet. This isn’t the case with the New Balance 1080v11, and it rolls effortlessly from heel to toe. The heel counter of the New Balance 1080v11 looks different, and that’s because it is! It’s designed to remove pressure off your Achilles.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS:
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS or “go-to shoe” is known for its stability, without being too bulky. If you feel as though you need extra arch support and cushion, the Brooks Adrenaline is a great “go-to shoe”. Unlike many stability shoes, the Adrenaline works with your foot and provides more arch support when you need it and less when you don’t. That makes it a great supportive shoe for runners who need that arch support. The Brooks Adrenaline is made in “wide”, and even “double wide”, for those who need extra space.
The Hoka Clifton 7:
The brand Hoka is known for its thick midsole shoes, but they aren’t as thick as you might think. Your foot sits down in a Hoka shoe, like a bucket seat. When Hoka first came out many years ago, runners laughed and scoffed at these big shoes. Now many runners prefer the extra cushion of Hoka. Many Hoka models are much lighter than you might anticipate; in fact, the Hoka Clifton 7 is one of the mix’s lightest shoes.
The Asics Nimbus 22 and Asics Nimbus Lite 2:
The Asics Nimbus has been around for 22 years — yes, 22 years! You know it must be good. The Asics Nimbus is one of the most cushioned and durable shoes. Many shoes from Asics use gel, which keeps your foot well-cushioned. Asics is well known to have more cushion in the heel of the shoe, and if you are a heel striker and prefer that extra cushion, the Nimbus 22 is a great option. However, many people who love the “regular” Asics Nimbus still might find it too much to do all their training in, so Asics created the Nimbus Lite. It’s simply a lighter version of their tried-and-true Asics Nimbus.
With hundreds of types of running shoes, picking out a shoe can often feel overwhelming. All of these shoes are good options for beginners, but it’s always most important to find the right shoe for you. The most important gear a runner owns are the shoes. There is no right or wrong option — only whatever feels the best for you in a running shoe. Many runners go through several shoes to find “the perfect one”. The perfect shoe can even change with how your needs as a runner change.