Best Budget Running Shoes Reviewed for Performance

For runners, shoes are the single most necessary piece of equipment they have. They are often the most expensive as well. Some running shoes can range in price anywhere from one hundred to four hundred dollars. Someone who is just starting out will probably find dropping over one hundred dollars on a pair of shoes to be an intimidating prospect. Even veterans runners don’t necessarily like shelling out all of that money for shoes when they have to pay for the little luxuries in life such as food or rent. Fortunately, there are shoes that won’t hurt your wallet or your feet.

Last Updated: March 8, 2018
By Tierney Lloyd:

In the most recent update, 5 new pairs of running shoes have been added to the list, taking it to a total of 15. Each pair was researched to ensure it is the most wallet-friendly option, while still being high quality. A criteria for evaluation and FAQ section were also added to help you better learn about what makes a quality, budget pair of running shoes.

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We have searched far and wide for the best shoes for the runner on a budget. They may not be the fanciest or the prettiest shoes on the market, but they will get the job done. Many of these shoes boast the same qualities as the more expensive brands but are more than half the price. Whether you’re a beginner runner who is just starting out or if you’re a veteran who is training for their next marathon, you won’t want to pass up these bargains. All the shoes on this list are one hundred dollars or less.

 

 

15 Best Budget Running Shoes

 

 

1. Adidas Neo Lite Racer

This lightweight running shoe was designed with a focus on comfort. From the EVA midsole to the FitFoam insole to the light breathable mesh upper. This shoe will support and cushion your feet in all the right places while you run. The lightweight mesh upper of the shoe will keep your feet cool and dry all year long while the heel overlay will provide extra support and stability.
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Unique Outsole
The tough rubber outsole has a hexagonal tread pattern that was designed to ensure extra grip on concrete. Run surefooted with no fear of your feet slipping out from under you.

Heel Overlay
The lightweight mesh body of the shoe is reinforced in key structural positions for added strength without compromising the lightweight breath-ability of the design. In particular, the heel was reinforced for extra stability while you run.

Cost and Value
Perfect shoes for a runner looking for a lightweight shoe to begin training with, these shoes are inexpensive even compared with other shoes on this list.
Pros
  • Mesh Body
  • Reinforced Heel
  • Unique Outsole
  • EVA Midsole
  • FitFoam Insole
Cons
  • Run Small

2. Nike Revolution 3

A minimalist design with a light-weight mesh no-sew overlay, these shoes are an excellent addition to your repertoire of running shoes. The breathable phylon foam mesh upper body regulates your foot temperature, while the soft foam midsole offers extra cushioning and responsive shock absorption without weighing these shoes down. The rubber outsole will provide great traction. Your feet will be comfortable through your entire run in these shoes.
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Mesh Upper
Made from a proprietary superheated process, EVA foam has been transformed into the tough and lightweight Phylon mesh. These shoes are as durable as they are lightweight and breathable.

Foam Midsole
Get the support and comfort your feet need throughout your entire training session. The lightweight foam acts as a super-responsive shock absorber as well as a lightweight cushion.

Cost and Value
While these shoes can push the upper limits of what we can consider to be a budget shoe, the price can be downright reasonable depending on the size and color combination you're looking for.
Pros
  • Phylon Mesh Upper
  • Lightweight Foam Midsole
  • Tough rubber Outsole
  • No-Sew Overlay
Cons
  • Run Narrow

3. Under Armor Micro G Assert 6

The soft supportive Micro-G foam midsole will put a spring in your step as well as cushion your footfalls. With a full length EVA sock-liner, these shoes are exceptionally comfortable and offer a unique fit. The mesh upper body is supplemented by lightweight foam for extra protection against the elements. The higher wear areas of the sole have been supplemented by an extra-tough rubber to make sure these shoes last for as long as you do.
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EVA Sockliner
The inside of these shoes is a thin protective layer of EVA foam to act as an extra layer of cushioning. It will form to your feet, giving these shoes a unique fit.

Micro G
Foam This specially designed foam has been designed to provide extra cushioning and lift in your steps. It's called Micro-G because it's meant to emulate the feeling that your feet would have under lower gravity conditions.

Cost and Value
These shoes are very inexpensive for the quality of shoe that they are. If you need a solid pair of running shoes that won't break the bank, these might be the shoes for you.
Pros
  • EVA Sockliner
  • Micro-G Foam midsole
  • Breathable Mesh and Foam Upper
  • Extra-Durable Rubber Outsole
Cons

Run Small

4. Asics GT 1000 4

4. Asics GT 1000 4
An excellent shoe for people who struggle with overpronation. The DuoMax support and Trusstic systems help guide your feet while the SpEVA foam helps cushion and support your feet. The heel and forefoot have additional cushioning in the form of a GEL injected into the flexible foam midsole. The outsole is specially designed with flexible grooves to help your feet maintain their natural movement while running.
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SpEVA Foam Midsole
A proprietary EVA foam has been specially engineered to increases the elasticity of the foam as well as the durability while reducing the weight of the foam.

DuoMax Support
This special support focused midsole combines the SpEVA foam with GEL technology. Your foot will be supported and cushioned in all of the most important places while you run.

Cost and Value
These shoes are inexpensive for the amount of proprietary technology that went into them. Given the support and cushioning in the midsole alone, the low price is quite a bargain.
Pros
  • Lightweight Mesh Upper Body
  • GEL Cushioning In the Heel and Toe
  • Corrects Overpronation
  • SpEVA Faom Midsole
  • DuoMax Support
Cons
  • Run Large

5. Nike Free 5.0

5. Nike Free 5.0
A stylish asymmetrical shoe for people who are as conscious about being fashionable as they are about being comfortable. The special asymmetrical laces allow for a tighter fit without putting undue pressure on your feet. The textured inner sleeve molds to your feet, giving these shoes a unique fit. The special diagonal design helps strengthen the natural motion of your feet as you run.
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Diagonal Cut Arches
Your feet twist and roll naturally as you run. The outsoles were designed to help supplement and strengthen that natural motion. You'll have a more comfortable and natural stride while wearing these.

Asymmetrical Lacing System
Instead of the typical parallell lacing system that most shoes use, these shoes have a specially designed asymmetrical look. This design helps reduce pressure on the top of your foot while allowing you to get a tighter more secure fit.

Cost and Value
These shoes are on the upper edge of what we can consider to be budget shoes. They are high quality, but the price tag might scare off someone who is looking for a less expensive shoe.
Pros
  • Textured Mesh Inner Sleve
  • Diagonal cut Arches
  • Asymmetrical Lacing System
  • Underfoot Protection
Cons
  • Run Small
  • Expensive

6. Adidas Speed Trainer 2

6. Adidas Speed Trainer 2
A durable and flexible shoe that was designed to support your feet through short sprints. These shoes have traction control outsoles, allowing for a more surefooted stride over multiple surfaces as well as Flex Grooves which allow the shoes to flex with the natural motion of your feet as you run. The EVA midsole gives you a softer, more comfortable ride.
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Traction Control
The special outsole with hexagonal lugs was designed to increase your traction over any surface. From concrete to wet grass, you can be sure your feet won't slide out from under you while you run.

Flex Grooves
The deep grooves embedded into the tread allow the sole of your shoe to flex with your feet. You'll have a more comfortable natural footfall as you run.

Cost and Value
These shoes are one of the less expensive options on this list. This is an excellent option if you're looking for an inexpensive but dependable shoe to start your running career out with.
Pros
  • Lightweight Mesh Upper
  • EVA Midsole
  • Traction Control
  • Flex Grooves
  • Synthetic Overlays for Extra Protection
Cons
  • Run Narrow

7. Nike Flex RN 4

7. Nike Flex RN 4
A light mesh shoe with a molded EVA sockliner that will give your foot a snug sock-like fit inside this shoe. The unique looking outsole act as an extra layer of shock absorption as well as provides tight traction along with extra flexibility thanks to the full length flex grooves along the tread. The Phylon midsole provides extra cushion without adding on any extra weight.
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No-Sew Overlay
This light mesh overlay will support your feet while keeping them cool and dry. The no-sew design means that there will be no seams to rub or irritate your feet.

Waffle Outsole
This specially designed tread has deep grooves like a waffle. The tread was designed to add in more shock absorption. It allows for more flexibility and a more responsive footfall without sacrificing comfort.

Cost and Value
Like most of the Nike brand shoes on this list, these are on the upper edge of what can be considered budget shoes. If you're able to drop the few extra dollars on these shoes, these are worth picking up.
Pros
  • Waffle Outsole
  • Full-Length Flex Grooves
  • Phylon Midsole
  • EVA Sockliner
Cons
  • Run Narrow

8. Asics Gel-Contend 3

8. Asics Gel-Contend 3
Multiple layers of mesh are weaved together to form a sturdy yet breathable running shoe. The GEL cushioning is concentrated in the heels, allowing your feet to absorb the shock of your footfalls more comfortably. The removable cushioned sock liner provides extra cushioning, but also allows you the freedom to swap it out for your own inserts should you need it.
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Rearfoot Gel Cushioning
The proprietary GEL insert has been injected into the heel of the midsole. It allows for extra shock absorption while running, letting you run farther and longer without pain.

Mesh Weave Underlays
One layer of breathable mesh is good, but do you know what's better? Several that have all been weaved together to create a strong fabric that still breathes.

Cost and Value
These shoes, depending on the size and color combination you choose, can vary in price. They can be rather inexpensive, or run to the upper limits of what we can call a budget shoe. Look to see if your size works for your budget.
Pros
  • GEL Rearfoot Cushioning
  • Mesh Weave Underlays
  • Removable Sockliner
  • Rubber Outsole
Cons
  • Run Short In the Toebox

9. Saucony Cohesion 9

9. Saucony Cohesion 9
A popular and versatile choice for the runner on a budget, these shoes have a tough heel-grid system embedded into the foam midsole as well as long flex grooves in the tread allowing for a more flexible shoe. The foam midsole provides extra stability and comfort. The upper body is made from a light and breathable mesh, while the collar and tongue have extra padding.
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Heel Grid
A specially designed tread around the heel that has been embedded all the way into the midsole. It provides extra cushioning and traction around the heel, allowing for a softer and more comfortable run.

Flex Grooves
Flexibility is a must when it comes to running shoes. With the deep grooves cut into the tread, these shoes flex with your feet naturally as you run as well as help improve your traction.

Cost and Value
Although some sellers price these far beyond our one hundred dollar limit, you can get them for cheap through different sellers. These shoes are good enough that it is worth shopping around for the best bargain.
Pros
  • Breathable Mesh Body
  • Foam Midsole
  • Heel Grid
  • Flex Grooves
Cons
  • Tight Toebox

10. Asics Gel-Venture 5

10. Asics Gel-Venture 5
The light mesh upper body is soft and breathable while the tread is an aggressive trail specific design. This shoe has a special reversed lug design to increase traction on the trails. The soles are reinforced with AHAR rubber, and the upper body is held together with crisscrossed brush stroke overlays for a sturdier longer lasting shoe. This is an excellent choice for a trail runner.
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Trail Specific Outsole
The rugged reverse lug tread design will keep your feet steady on any trail. From dirt to gravel, these shoes will provide strong and dependable traction.

AHAR Rubber
Pile the miles on this shoe without any fear. This extra-tough extra-durable rubber compound reinforces the high-impact high-wear areas of the outsole. The parts of these shoes that would normally wear first will last much longer.

Cost and Value
These shoes are relatively inexpensive, especially for the quality of the design and materials. If you're looking for a tough trail running shoe, these are definitely worth looking at.
Pros
  • Aggressive Trail Specific Outsole
  • AHAR Rubber
  • Breathable Mesh Upper
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning
  • Removable Sockliner
Cons
  • Stiff

11. Skechers Skech Air

11. Skechers Skech Air
Everything about these running shoes screams lightweight comfort. From the knit mesh fabric to the foam insoles and the light non-marking outsole. These are your basic, no fuss running shoes that are sleek, and look as great as they feel.
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Air Cooled Memory Foam
Running regardless of how intensely, causes your feet to get hot and potentially sweating and stinky. Having an insole that is not only extremely comfortable and made of a plush foam, but also one that is air cooled to ensure your feet stay dry throughout your run is fantastic.

Non-Marking Outsole
Skechers air-cushioned outsole provides great stability and support during a run while also providing you with exceptional traction thanks to the addition of rubber pads to the outsole. This outsole is specifically designed for intense running, or other high impact activities which makes them very versatile.

Cost and value
These running shoes are a great value, and Skechers is a well-trusted brand that produces quality products, so you can be sure you will be getting a pair of shoes that feel great. These shoes have many great added features that others on this list don’t and are still more affordable, making them a great wallet-friendly option.
Pros
  • Synthetic Sole
  • Non-Marking Outsole
  • Memory Foam Insole
  • Mesh Upper
  • Responsive Midsole
Cons
  • Not Supportive for Extended Periods of Time

12. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12

12. Mizuno Wave Inspire 12
Mizuno is a brand committed to providing athletes and everyday runners alike the proper footwear to enhance their performance and ensure comfort and support. The Wave Inspire 12’s are full of supportive features yet still manage to maintain a lightweight feel so that you are not weighed down in any way during your workout. These offer a great amount of pronation control and make sure your feet are properly stabilized throughout your run.
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Great for Overpronators
If you overpronate and are looking for a running shoe that will properly stabilize your feet these are a great option. With a redesigned midsole platform to provide you with the proper amount of shock absorption and underfoot control to keep everything stable yet comfortable.

Midsole Platform
The U4ic midsole gives the runner more ground contact and allows for your foot to strike the ground with less impact. This platform provides more support than most, yet is still very flexible and allows the running shoe to move with your foot.

Cost and value
One of the higher priced pairs on this list however if you are in need of special support, and need shoes that give you proper pronation control, these are the best choice and will help you really run the distance, without feeling any pain or wearing your shoes down unnecessarily.
Pros
  • Manmade 
  • Available in Different Widths
  • Breathable Upper
  • Underfoot Control
  • Blown Rubber in Forefoot
Cons
  • Low Front

13. New Balance 1080v7

13. New Balance 1080v7
Time and time again New Balance creates running shoes that stand out amongst others. With premium technologies that offer all-day comfort, and cushioning. The plush foam makes long distance runs a breeze, and will not leave you feeling any soreness or pain by the end of it. Stay cool as well with the mesh upper that allows for the perfect amount of airflow.
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Un-Stitched Construction
A running shoe that is seamless ensures that no irritations or blisters will occur throughout your run, which is crucial for long runs. The upper is also made of breathable mesh that allows air to easily flow through your shoes and leave you with cool, dry happy feet.

Toe Box
Having a toe box that is wide and spacious enough to allow your toes to properly splay while you run, yet still narrow enough that they fit properly isn’t always easy to find. New Balance offers a generous toe box area and vamp that is perfect allowing your feet and toes to naturally splay they way they should without constraint during take off, leaving less room for potential injury.

Cost and value
Depending on the color and style, the price may vary however at the end of the day they are still a great affordable running shoe, that will provide you with the proper support and cushioning you need, without hindering your speed or performance in any way.
Pros
  • Rubber Sole
  • Removable Insole
  • Plush Foam
  • Mesh Forefoot
  • Breathable Material
Cons
  • Width Sizing May be Off

14. Puma Tazon 6 FM

14. Puma Tazon 6 FM
A sleek shoe that has a similar appearance to a basketball shoe, these have everything you could want in a running shoe and then some. The Eva heel pod is like no other and really absorbs any impact for affecting your feet while adding the perfect amount of cushioning. Smaller features like an eco-friendly sockliner are another reason why Puma did a great job with these shoes, making them not only better for the environment but your feet as well.
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Eva Heel Pod
Great for absorbing all impact and taking pressure off of your heels and the rest of your feet, the heel pod adds a little bounce to your step. Unnecessary stress on your heels can become increasingly painful over time, and lead to other potential problems, so it is important to always make sure a shoe has extra cushioning there.

EcoOrthoLite Sockliner
This eco-friendly high-performance sockliner gives you the perfect amount of cushioning while still being lightweight. It adds no bulk to the shoe, but a surprisingly large amount of cushioning and comfort, so you feel like you’re running on a cloud. It is also a nice bonus to know that this sockliner was made with the environment in mind.

Cost and value
A great value and option for those who want more than just a running shoe. Although these are perfect for running, they also make a fantastic everyday shoe and can be easily incorporated into your everyday life in some way or another.
Pros
  • Rubber Outsole
  • T-Toe Construction
  • Midfoot Saddle
  • Eva Heel Pod
  • EcoOrthoLite Sockliner
Cons
  • Scuffs Easily

15. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17

15. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17
These running shoes ensure your body is in perfect alignment every step of the way, and that you are provided with a smooth ride regardless of how you land and if you pronate or not. With all these added features you would expect a more heavyweight shoe, however, these are surprisingly light and sleek.
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Midfoot Saddle
This advanced structured saddle pulls from the heel and then wraps around the rest of your foot ensuring the most secure and snug fit. It is also adjustable so that the shoe is almost custom to your specific needs. Along with the secure lace-up closure, your feet will be comfortably snug all day.

Plus Tongue and Collar
Good padding inside the shoe is very important, but you also want a sufficient amount of cushioning and support around the tongue and collar. This will not only give you ankle and heel support but it ensures a more snug fit and helps prevent blisters.

Cost and value
These running shoes are great quality and affordable considering everything they have to offer. They are fantastic if you’re looking for extra support and a snug fit. With all-over padding and a customizable fit, they will quickly become your go-to shoes any time you feel like hitting the gym or going for a run.
Pros
  • Rubber Sole
  • Breathable Mesh
  • Plush Tongue and Collar
  • Adjustable Midfoot Saddle
  • Tri-Density Midsole
Cons
  • Not the Most Durable

Despite what some companies might tell you, a quality running shoe doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. There’s no need for basic equipment like shoes to be an expensive barrier to entry for the beginning runner. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with investing a little extra money in your shoes, not everyone is able to afford to do so. Hundreds of dollars for a pair of shoes is a lot of money to drop on a hobby that a beginner might not even be certain they’ll like.

An inexpensive shoe can be just as cushioned and supportive as their higher-end counterparts. For a runner who is just starting out or a veteran who just needs an inexpensive shoe to wear on the treadmill, there are many options that won’t cost an arm and a leg. It might take a little extra shopping around, but you can find the perfect shoe that will work with your budget if you look.

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Budget Running Shoes

Fit

Running shoes are a very specific type of shoe, and will never be a one size fits all. To just buy the first pair you see especially based on something like looks will leave you uncomfortable, in pain and potentially injured. When looking for a new pair of running shoes aside from all other important factors, fit should be number one.

It is essential to evaluate the shape and size of your foot as well as your specific running style. Once you have an idea of the type of shoe you need, it is easier to find your perfect fit and focus on other fun things like design and colors. Arch is the main way to determine which style of shoe will work best for you, and there are three types of arches; high, neutral and low/flat. All three arch types affect your running style differently, and therefore affect the type of shoe you need.

  • Supination

Having high arches means when your foot strikes the ground, the impact is absorbed by your heel and toes rather than your foot as a whole. This causes your foot to roll outwards and can can put a lot of stress on your ankles, causing potential injuries like sprains.

  • Neutral

Your arch is not too high, or low and properly absorbs shock while running. This type of arch causes the least amount of issues and doesn’t require your shoes to have any added arch support or cushioning.

  • Pronation

Low arches cause your feet to rolls inwards while running, this can also cause ankle and lower leg issues over time and requires you to have a running shoe that can give you proper support.

Due to the fact that everyone has a different type of foot and need, shoe companies do not just come out with single designs that do not accommodate everyone, and therefore it can be quite simple to find the perfect fitting shoe. Once you have accessed your foot type, and know the type of cushioning and support you need, the only thing you need to worry about is what feels good and fits right.

Although running is a rather inexpensive way to stay fit and healthy, it can become an expensive lifestyle very quickly when you begin splurging on things that really are not necessary. Just because a pair of shoes cost more, does not mean they will work better for you, or are worth the money. Most of the time a pair of shoes has that price tag attached to it due to the brand name, take away the brands and you will be left with two pair of shoes that are probably close to identical quality wise. That’s not to say you can’t look stylish in your running gear, that should just not a top priority when it comes to deciding on the perfect pair of runners.

Remember to generally always order a half size up, unless you have worn that exact shoe before and now your size. Feet tend to get hot and swell during physical activities and you want your running shoe to be able to accommodate that swelling without your feet feeling constrained or uncomfortable.

Laces are the best option when it comes to different possible types of closures on a running shoes. Not only are they the most secure and durable, they are easily adjustable ensuring the perfect fit. Velcro, or even slip on shoes for that matter will not provide you with the proper support and can lead to injuries. Although laces are the best option and should be tied securely, they should not be tied to tight as that may damage the top of your foot where there are many fragile tendons.

Durability & Breathability

The durability you need in a pair of running shoes depends on how you will be wearing them and where. Most shoes should last between 300 and 400 miles, but it is possible for them to wear sooner if you are not wearing them as they are designed for.

The easiest part of a running shoe to notice wear in is the outsole, take a look at the bottom of your shoes and look for cracks, or worn down areas. Although they may still feel okay when you run, do not prolong the life of a pair of running shoes, it will only lead to uncomfortable and possibly painful runs. The midsole which cushions your impact will begin to break down over time and begin to offer you less and less cushioning. Most midsoles are made with EVA foam which is very durable and resilient and may hold up long after your shoes need to be replaced.

If you run more casually, say on the treadmill at the gym, rather than outdoors in different conditions, on different terrains, your shoes will most likely last longer, and in that case, will not show wear in the same way and should be switched out around every 6 months. If you start to notice your feet hurting during a run, or being sore by the time you finish, it is time for a new pair.

Keep in mind that there are different running shoes for different terrains, and ones made for soft surfaces like trails will wear out much quicker if they are being used on concrete. If you wish to switch up the environment in which you run, you will need different shoes that are specific to that terrain.

Material is very important as well when choosing running shoes, you want something that is breathable and allows for proper air flow. Any sort of synthetic material will not be very breathable and will make your feet feel stuffy and sweaty. Although it is a more affordable option, it is a cheap material and you want to avoid that in the upper part of your shoe.

The upper should generally always be made with mesh which is great year round, but especially in the summer when your body and feet are already hot. A mesh upper is flexible and will keep your feet cool and dry all day. Leather is also common in running shoes and although it is very durable and looks sleek, it is simply not as breathable and tends to show wear much quicker. When you run, your foot bends, and this will cause the leather to form creases, whereas mesh does not. Leather will protect against odor, so a mesh leather combo is a perfect choice.

Comfort

Feet are extremely fragile and although we are on them all day and you’d expect them to be tough, they have many delicate bones that need to be protected, especially during high impact activities like running. Running may seem like a simple, basic activity that you can throw any old pair of shoes on and do, but that is simply not the case and without the proper footwear that will correctly cushion your feet you could wind up with serious issues.

There are many parts of a running shoe that are cushioned, and each of these is very important when it comes to protecting your feet. Everyone’s level of cushioning will vary, and depending on your arch you may need more support than others, but a basic running shoe should be sufficient in properly cushioning your feet.

Insoles should be soft and flexible yet still offer good support and stability. If you tend to need orthotics, look for running shoes that have a removable insole as these will best accommodate them. The midsole gives the most stability and is where the shock is mostly absorbed so if it is not durable and built with proper materials your feet and the rest of your lower body will feet the brunt of your run. Not everyone needs a thickly cushioned midsole, and some runners actually prefer a barely-there shoe that gives them an almost barefoot-like feel. It is completely up to you what feels right, and optimizes your performance.

Touches like a padded tongue and collar or seamless construction go a long way and can really make a difference in cushioning your feet, especially if your feet get easily irritated. Running shoes do not need to be broken-in if you feel immediate discomfort the size is either wrong or the style of shoe in general. Certain materials like leather or mesh will stretch slightly, but that is more so to just accommodate your feet while your run, and move with them, not actually change the size of your shoe.

Unlike sneakers that often times are stiffer and do need to be broken in, running shoes are built to feel great and be used right away. Because of the stress and impact being put on your lower body during a run if your shoes were not able to immediately accommodate your feet out of the box, injuries could occur.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

Q: Is name brand important?

A: Name brands will affect the price of the shoe, but don’t always mean you are getting a higher quality pair. Rather than looking at what’s trendy, and brands that have cool styles, look at name brands that are known for producing high quality, durable shoes. If you are in need of specific features as well, like removable insoles, some brands will offer that in more styles than others.

Q: What material is best?

A: Most good running shoes have a mesh or knit upper and either is made of leather or are knit. Both are great options and offer you different things. Knit and mesh are much more lightweight and are very breathable which is great in summer months when you want the most airflow as possible. Leather is a more durable fabric, however, it can at times make a shoe look bulky and isn’t as breathable as a fabric.

Q: How often should I buy new running shoes?

A: Depending on the amount of use they get. If you run frequently, and keep track of your miles etc, they should be replaced between 300 – 400 miles. Running shoes that you mostly wear to the gym, or day to day will last longer and the general rule of thumb is to replace them after 6 months. Take into account how the feel and fit after that time though, do not just throw away a good pair of shoes because 6 months is up, check them for wear and tear first.

Q: How many pairs should I own at a time?

A: One pair is sufficient if you are using them on the same terrain every time. If you wish you switch up where you run, for instance, a trail or track one day and concrete the next, you should invest in two pairs of running shoes, one for trails and one for the road. Trail shoes are constructed differently and will wear down much faster being used on harder ground.

Q: Can I wear running shoes for things other than running?

A: Yes, running shoes are very versatile and brands are constantly putting out more and more stylish designs than many people are wearing as fashion pieces rather than to work out in. Shoes that are not made for running, however, should not be used as such. This can lead to injuries and chronic foot, leg or knee problems.

Q: Are running shoes meant to be tight?

A: They are meant to be snug, but not tight. There is a big difference, and one can leave you very uncomfortable and in pain after your workout. When your shoe is on and the laces are tied properly, your foot should feel enclosed in the shoe but should be able to move around comfortably. No part of the shoe should be squeezing or pinching anywhere on your foot, this is a clear sign the shoes are too tight, and that is a pain that will not go away, and will only get worse with time.

Sources

  1. Katie Rosenbrock, 10 Most Affordable Running Shoes, Webpage, Nov 02, 2015
  2. Kevin, 10 Best Inexpensive Running Shoes, Webpage,
  3. Mackenzie Lobby, How to Select the Best Pair of Running Shoes, Website, Sep 09, 2014
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