The Best Shoes For Running | Winter 2016 Edition
Did you know the average running shoe lasts for about 300-500 miles? That's about 4-6 months depending on how many miles you put in! If you're planning to run in a spring 2016 5k, half or full-marathon, now is the best time to think about getting a new pair of running shoes. We've compiled a list for you to use as a guide to picking your next pair.
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.
If you are new to running, you may want to start with our City Fit Girls Running 101 Guide.
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For your speed work: Use these shoes for tempo runs, interval training and other speed training workouts.
- Nike Free Run Distance: If you love the idea of the Nike Free Run 5.0 but want a running shoe with a little more cushion, then you'll LOVE the new Nike Free Run Distance! It's lightweight and designed for longer runs. This shoe is great to rotate with some of the shoes mentioned below. | $120
- Saucony Kinvara 6 RUNSHIELD: Get all the benefits of the lightweight, minimal-style Kinvara plus a water resistant upper that keeps your feet dry during winter months. This shoe is great for road running or track work. | $100
Alternative pick:New Balance Vazee Pace Beacon (reflective and water proof)
For the neutral runner: If you're looking for cushion throughout the midsole.
- Saucony Triumph ISO 2: Voted Runner's World 2015 Editor's Choice, the Triumph ISO 2 is the ultimate high cushion shoe. Saucony's new shoe features a brand new plush yet responsive foam called EVERUN. It has an extra layer of cushion right underneath the foot and an ISOFIT upper for a customized fit. | $150
- Mizuno Wave Rider 19: If you're looking for a responsive shoe, look no further than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. This shoe feautures Mizuno's Wave technology (plastics wave plate in heel), carbon rubber outsole, and a sweet upper. It's a lot more firm than the Saucony Triumph but a great option for a runner who prefers something with a little less weight. | $120
Alternate Pick:Nike Zoom Air Pegasus 32 (Features Nike Zoom Air in the heel)
What about support? For runners looking for a stability posting in the arch area/midsole.
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16: You can love it or hate it but either way, the Brooks Adrenaline is back! If you're looking for a stability shoe - a shoe that helps out with pronation control - the Adrenaline is literally known as Brooks' "go to shoe". It's great for someone with a flat to medium arch who likes a combination of support and cushion. | $120
- Asics GT-2000 (4): If you know anything about Asics, you know they're know for their gel-cushion system. Designed with mild and moderate overpronators in mind, the shoe features the perfect amount of support. Add that to the squishy gel in the heel and you have a pretty comfortable combination designed to take on heavy mileage. | $120
Alternate pick:Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 (similar to the Wave Rider 19 but with a little more support in the midsole)
And the trail runner: These have a more rugged outer-sole for handling grass, gravel and technical trails.
- Saucony Peregrine 5: Hitting the trails? Check out this lightweight yet supportive option from Saucony. This shoe has lots of traction and has rock plates in the midfoot and forefoot to keep you balanced.
For your strength training workout: 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:
- New Balance Minimus 20v5 Trainer: Looking for a CrossFit or gym shoe to wear during your favorite fitness class? The Minimus Trainer has a Vibram outsole that gives the shoe a natural feel and lightweight responsive midsole. Use this shoe for weight training, riding the bike and spending time on the elliptical. | $100
Did’t see your favorite shoe listed? Be sure to list it below! Check out our previous running shoe guides for more information.
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