There are thousands of different brands, models, styles, colors of running shoes to choose from these days. So how do you decide which one is best for you? The good news is that shoe developers have now created running shoes for all shapes, sizes, and strides. There are a number of factors that depict which shoe is the best fit for you.
I would suggest having someone first analyze your gait and running mechanics. Seek out a running coach or physical therapist that is qualified and specializes in running evaluations. Some of the factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding on a shoe are: level of runner (recreational vs. competitive), the surface you are running on (trail or road), average miles per week, and your arch type.
Below is a list of some of the options you can choose from to find the ‘Best Running Shoes of 2016’. Hopefully, this guide will help you decide on your next shoe purchase. The most important thing to remember when buying a new running shoe is making sure it’s the right fit for you.
Mizuno Wave Hayate 2. Best shoe for the trails.
The Wave Hayate’s trail-specific design offers great traction and medium cushion comfort that allow flexibility and durability when off road.
Asics Gel- Cumulus 17 Lite. Best shoe for beginners.
The IGS technology is designed to enhance the foots natural gait. The gel cushioning along the rear and forefoot of the shoe provide ultimate comfort.
Brooks Launch 3. Best shoe for intermediate runners.
The midsole cushioning molds to your feet, while the air mesh fabric keeps your feet cool and dry during those 10k races. Ideal for those with medium to high arches.
Pearl Izumi Road N2 v3. Best shoe for advanced runners.
Best-selling neutral shoe for Pearl Izumi. Provides immediate step in comfort, a lightweight structure, and upper integrity.