These days, many people find heading to the gym an insurmountable hassle, which means there’s never been a better time to pick up (or double down on) the ultimate outdoor cardio workout: Running. If you want to stay motivated to hit the trails and pavement, then it’s only right to invest in quality workout shoes. However, keeping your shoes clean is also important, especially when you purchase one of the best sneakers on the market. The best ones provide just enough style, durability, and ample cushion to last for hundreds of miles.
Not all running shoes are created equal, however. Before getting a pair, make sure they match your experience level, foot shape, and the type of run you’re gearing up for. We’ve done our research and rounded up here a few of the best running shoes for men — whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned marathoner.
We can’t stop raving about Brooks’ new Ghost runners, which strike the perfect balance between comfort and security, largely due to the seamless midsole foam from heel to the forefoot, which supports a smoother gait. The footbed is comfortable, but not too soft or thick to impact strides, and the 3D Print mesh adds extra breathability. Additionally, the shoes have a system of shock absorbers which translates to smooth, stable rides and heel-to-toe transitions.
When it comes to off-road runs, not any pair of athletic sneakers will do. That’s why we were impressed by Asics’ Gel-Fujitrabuco 8. The brand’s secret sauce is the lugged outsoles that offer maximum traction and grip during steep, slippery, and loose terrain changes. There’s also the Rearfoot GEL technology for underfoot cushioning that absorbs shock, which aids in soothing the joints during intense impact. Plus, its multicolored outsole makes for a great statement piece.
Long-distance runs can be a slog, but New Balance makes the journey a bit more comfortable with its streamlined kicks, which include a swooping heel collar to prevent your Achilles tendon from chafing, a wider-than-usual midfoot for flexibility, and a sturdy mesh upper for extra durability. Every step promises a super soft landing, thanks to the Fresh Foam feature.
Other Running Shoes We Love
Much has been said about Allbirds, the eco-friendly footwear brand that has been worn by some of the world’s most influential men (Barack Obama among them), but thankfully much of their products, especially their sustainable runners, live up to the hype. Their super cozy midsoles are made from sugarcane and recycled trees (yes, really), and they work perfectly for short runs, or socially distanced errands. The shoes are not only extremely lightweight, breathable, and flexible but also offer a secure fit.
No running shoe roundup is complete without Nike. The company’s iconic Pegasus silhouette has been a go-to for professional runners because of its aerodynamic design and cloud-nine-like footbed, and its latest iteration is no exception. The slimmer design means less bulk, making the shoes conform perfectly to your foot and more comfortable to wear. This model is available in a variety of color combinations.
We love that Hoka’s Clifton runners feature an ultra-plush cushion, yet somehow manage to be light as a feather during even the most brutal runs. The insole is foam-padded for maximum support and comfort, while the sole has rubber inserts for a solid grip. Superior stability and shock absorbency are also guaranteed, all thanks to the midsole’s durable, full-length EVA material.
Speaking of lightweight footbeds, Puma’s new runners are just that. Even better, they’re embedded with a proprietary outsole fabric for maximum propulsion, so you can keep moving forward. The upper part of the shoes is made of breathable mesh material with a closure designed for a snug fit, and the midsole boasts the PROFOAMLITE for optimal cushioning and responsiveness.
These eye-catching speedsters work as well as they look. They highlight a “zero-gravity feel” courtesy of their very light tongue and mesh upper, while their heel counters offer plenty of rebound for every stride. These Underarmour running shoes also come with rubber outsoles that absorb shocks well, as well as a breathable fabric lining for a great fit that feels like an extension of your foot.
These minimalist runners are better for 5Ks than half marathons, and their lightweight cushioning and snug (read: secure) fit help them keep up with even the most intense sprints. The combination of the flexible upper, high-performance carbon rubber, and breathable mesh makes for durability and amazing, comfortable runs. All in all, the in-shoe feel is just perfect.
Firm, dependable, and long-lasting are just a few descriptors for these no-frills running shoes, which feature a wavy footbed to minimize the impact of your strides (your knees will thank you later). Experience smooth transition from heel to toe, balanced responsiveness, and comfortable support with each step.
These MBT Men’s Huracan-3000 will give your feet the maximum protection they need, as well as encourage a faster, smoother turnover on runs to enhance running efficiency and reduce fatigue. They are designed to counteract impact forces, which makes them the perfect kicks for runners hitting the road for long distances.
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