The Best Shoes For Running | Fall 2015 Edition [With Photos]

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Hey ladies, it's that time again! If you're heading into fall training season, it may be time to pick up a new running shoe. Not sure where to start? Understandably so. There are lots of running shoes on the market.... Our last guide, The Best Shoes for Running: Summer Edition, included a few of our favorite models from some of our favorite brands. What's new in this edition?

  1. Alternative recommendations/suggestions so you can compare similar models
  2. Recommended shoes for hitting the gym (ahem, not running)

How To Use This List: This list is for educational purposes only. If you have never been fitted for running shoes by a professional, please visit your local run specialty shop for a proper shoe fitting and recommendation.

Are you new to running? Read this:How To Start Running 

Let's get started....

The Need For SpeedThe perfect shoe for race day.

  • Nike Air Zoom Elite 8: Looking for a lightweight neutral shoe? Give the Zoom Elite 8 a try! It features a responsive Zoom Air unit in the forefoot, a breathable upper and Flywire for a more customized fit. Great option for midfoot/forefoot runners. | $115 | Also try the Saucony Kinvara.
  • New Balance 1400v3: This lightweight racing flat is perfect for race day and speed training workouts. It features a REVlite midsole that provides responsiveness and a lightweight feel | $100 | Also try the Asics DS Racer 10

For the Neutral Runner:For runners looking for cushion throughout the midsole.

  • adidas Ultra Boost: If you're looking for a new feel, you'll want to get your hands (or feet) on adidas Ultra Boost. The high cushion shoe has a responsive ride and prime knit upper that feels as comfortable as your favorite pair of socks | $180 | Also try Asics Gel Nimbus 17
  • Brooks Ghost 8: The Brooks Ghost 8 is the true definition of a neutral shoe. The shoe's upper is mostly seamless and very breathable. The midsole is very cushioned and the crash pad allows for a smooth transition | $120 | Also try the Nike Zoom Air Pegasus 32

What About Support?: For runners looking for a stability posting in the arch area/midsole.

  • Asics Gel-Kayano 22: Looking for a really, really soft shoe? The Gel-cushioning system in the Kayano 22 is exactly what you're looking for. The seamless upper is a huge upgrade from last year's model and the stability in the midsole doesn't compromise the high cushion feel | $150 | Also try the Saucony Hurricane ISO
  • New Balance 1260v5: According to New Balance's website, the 1260v5 is a serious game changer for overpronators, delivering premium stability, shock absorption technology and superior cushioning, without sacrificing style | $150 | Also try the Nike Oddyssey

And the Trail Runner...: Hit the trails with these awesome shoes!

  • Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3: Lightweight meets the great outdoors with the Terra Kiger. It features a "plush, cushioned midsole and rugged outsole provide responsive shock absorption and superior grip when you're conquering the trails." | $125 | Also try the Saucony Nomad TR
  • Brooks Cascadia 10: Looking for something a little more stable? Try the Brooks Cascadia 10. Like the Terra Kiger, it has an awesome tread that's great for running over rigged surfaces but it's "engineered" structured upper is what sets it apart. | $120 | Also try the New Balance 1210

And what about for working out? Not all shoes are created equally so you shouldn't treat them as such. That means you don't want to go running in a shoe that was designed for Zumba or weight-lifting. If you're looking for a good shoe for fitness, check these out:

  • Nike Metcon: The Metcon is great for CrossFit and other weight lifting/body weight/functional fitness workouts | $120
  • New Balance 811: The NB 811 is a lightweight flexible shoe that's great for any high or low impact workout  | $75

Did't see your favorite shoe listed? Be sure to list it below and look for it in our Winter Running Shoe Guide later this year!