Shopping for new running shoes can be a bit overwhelming. How long you run, how often, and the terrain you run on are important factors to consider. These things decide the level of breathability, stability, and durability you'll need, as well as the amount of flexibility and cushioning.
Nike Shox Turbo 12Building your own shoe is always an option. For $160 on Nike.com, you can get a pair of these lightweight road-runners with excellent impact protection. Choose your desired width, color and amount of cushioning for customized comfort.
Asics Gel- Kayano 18,The memory foam lining in the heel allows for a custom fit. In the sock lining, antibacterial material was used to help prevent odor and reduce moisture. This durable shoe is great for comfort and stability, perfect for long distance runners. These shoes are $150 at Asics.com.
Brooks PureFlow collection
Recently voted by Runner's World Magazine as the "Best Buy" at $90 a pair with free standard shipping on Zappos.com. This is a lightweight shoe that provides plenty of arch support without underfoot bulk.
Asics Gel Nimbus 14These shoes have a double layer of memory foam and Asics' trademark "ComfoDry" sockliner. With maximum shock absorption and minimum bulk, it comes as no surprise this shoe was named "Editor's Choice" in Runner's World Magazine. A tester claimed, "The shoe felt great from the start, as if I were walking on air." Another said, "I put it on, and the break-in process was over."
Grab a pair for $140 on Asics.com.
Mizuno Wave Rider 15This shoe is good for long distance runners who are looking for a very durable, breathable, lightweight shoe with great cushioning. The toe box fits a little snug, which may or may not be uncomfortable for some. Another possible con could be the extended wave plate in the mid-foot because it decreases the shoe's flexibility. These shoes are $115 from Mizuno.
Reebok Zignano Fly IIWhile this shoe has many great features, like a reflective exterior for night runners and a removable sockliner if you want to add orthics, their comfort level is what has people impressed. One tester said, "I'm a heavy hitter with my heel and even though these shoes are really light the cushioning is enough to not leave me sore." These shoes are $100 from Reebok.com.