What every best Running Shoes has:
- A snug, but not restrictive, fit.
- Flexible, responsive soles with adequate cushioning.
- No break-in period.
The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 offers a near-universal fit thanks to its ISO caging: independent strands that connect to the midsole and help mold the upper to your foot. The Triumph ISO 2's Everun "topsole" is lab-tested to improve energy return with each step, and users and experts alike say this shoe feels smooth, responsive and bouncy. An 8mm drop from heel to toe allows a natural midfoot strike, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has plenty of padding for heel strikers too.Buy for $109.90
Not only is the Nike LunarGlide 8 a great shoe for road running, it's also one of the best running shoes you can get for flat feet because a wedge of dense foam gives progressively more support as your foot rolls inward. The LunarGlide 8 also draws expert praise for the comfort and plush ride of its Lunarlon cushioning. Concentric rings of laser siping in the shoe offer a great blend of flexibility, stability and structure, although they may pick up loose rocks.Buy for $125.00
Runners with high arches love the Brooks Ghost 9 for its light weight, durability, and neutral cushioning. That same cushioning also suits runners with a neutral gait who don't need any correction to their biomechanics. Engineered mesh in the upper locks your foot in with the perfect blend of support and flexibility, with no stitching to rub against your feet. A full-length "crash pad" accommodates almost any foot strike, although the 12mm heel-toe drop encourages a heel strike.Buy for $89.99
The New Balance Vazee Pace v2 exemplifies the best qualities of a lightweight running shoe. It's firm and responsive but cushioned enough for long runs, with a 6mm heel-to-toe drop that encourages a midfoot strike. A molded "arch bump" gives light support without throwing off a neutral stride. Engineered mesh in the upper means it locks your foot securely to the upper, with no stitching to irritate your feet, and a pair of men's size 9 weighs just 9.6 ounces.Buy from
The Skechers GOrun4 is a great shoe for minimalist runners, with just a 4mm drop from heel to toe so it's easy to maintain a midfoot strike. There's plenty of cushioning in both heel and forefoot, and mild stability features give some support without throwing off runners that already have a neutral stride. Experts and users all praise this shoe for its snug upper, great flexibility and soft but responsive ride, and each men's size 9 shoe weighs slightly more than a deck of cards.Buy from