questionswhat are some good running shoes?


I love my Brooks Ghost 4s. I think I paid about $100 for them. If you're going to be serious about running, go to a running store - they will help you pick out shoes that match your stride/footfall/foot. Well worth it.

I also like running in my Vibrams, but I would definitely stick with sneakers if you're just getting off the couch!


I have Merrell's, Keen's and New Balance. I use trail running shoes as they are the lightest and fit my feet well. The Merrell's and Keen's are over $100, but the New Balance are not in most cases. Look at the 573 or 814 trail runners. I use Joe's New Balance Outlet.

I have the New Balance 572 for Women, and I love them.


I buy my running shoes from Walmart. Not good, but they only cost $10


I would highly suggest that you go to a local running store and purchase your shoes there. I did this before training for a marathon. One of the salespeople took me out to the parking lot and had me jog back and forth a couple times. Apparently to see how I plant my foot while running, inside, outside, heel/toe, toe/heel. He then measured my foot, length and width. He then picked a shoe that was right for me. I was able to try them on, and take a jog around the block. I purchased them, took them home and was allowed to run in them inside for 30 days. If they didn't agree with me they have a 100% return policy for in-store credit to purchase a different pair. I may have paid more than online but the service and options were so worth the extra money. Good luck! My current shoes are Mizuno Wave Runners.


I'd suggest being flexible with the amount you're willing to spend.

When I first picked up running as exercise I had horrible shin splints, and $40 shoes from footlocker. They were fine shoes, but the wrong type.

A person at a good running store will make you run a little and watch what your feet are doing. That person will find a shoe that fits how you run and your feet, and make sure that you have the right kind.

I ended up going to a store myself, coughing up $90, and haven't had shin splints since. I also upped my mileage from 2 miles every other day to over 6 with no injuries (other than the time I slipped in mud and gashed open my shin, but that wasn't the shoe's problem, that was just me being stupid).

I've found that running shoes aren't a smart idea to go cheap on unless you want to run the risk of doing damage to yourself.


If you've never purchased running shoes before I really suggest you follow @jimmyd103 's suggestion.

Weirdly enough not all running shoes are equal, and everybody runs a little differently. A store that specializes in running shoes can outfit you with good shoes that not only fit properly (I wear an EE, so just finding running shoes at conventional stores is out of the question...) but also support your feet to correct issues such as pronation to help you not injure yourself.

I'm personally fond of Brooks, and for about $100 you should be able to find a good fitting, properly supportive pair of running shoes.


I ran my first marathon in Asics GT-2150's, which are now a couple of years old. I also have the GT-2160, but they're not as comfortable. The new model is GT-2170, and I think is $100 or more, but I think you can find the GT-2150 in some stores (Big 5) and for $60 or less.

As already suggested, if you're serious about running, get fitted at a running store. The wrong shoes can really hurt you.


@mortar235 - I am also doing the couch to 5K, seriously. Budget $100 for your shoes, you don't need top of the line, but if you're serious and don't want to injure yourself... Buy the shoes that you can use for Couch to 5K, and for the 5K itself.

In my case, I'll probably have to switch over to trail running shoes as I'm doing a Zombie 5K.


Another to agree with jimmy's suggestion. What's great for one person may not be good and even bad for another person.

Bring your running shoes or regular shoes into a running shop - not a generic sporting good store - so they can see how you walk. Some of the better ones have a treadmill and video camera set up to record how you run for analysis. After you get an understanding of your running style and what type of shoes you need, you can then buy go buy on your own.


I have problems with my feet as well, I have Nike and New Balance and both make my feet numb after ~30 minutes of running. Husby likes to buy me gym clothes for mothers day (insensitive, yes. Effective, double yes). This year I'm going to make him take me to a professional to get them fitted, like many of the above posters have suggested.


@first2summit: That's how I got turned on to my Mizuno Wave Inspires. Took a most of the pain away and the feel is very different.


Exactly as stated above, there is no way to determine what shoes would be "good" for you without having shoes matched to your feet and running motion. What shoes fit me well are not necessarily going to be good for you and your feet.


I agree that everyone is different. I have never been able to run in any shoe for more than a couple of weeks on the insoles that come with the shoe. They don't need to be fancy-schmancy custom ones, but they do need to be a step up from the cheap factory inserts.

My current shoes are Nike Lunarglides. I really liked the Mizunos I had before, but I wore them out really quickly. I was sure I would never wear Nikes again, but I have relatively high arches and they just fit well for me. My shoes were about $100, plus $20-25 for new insoles but they are definitely holding up better than my Mizunos did.