Clothing, like shoes, are very personal items. Not only are you looking for something that looks good, but is economical and will last you a million years. I can tell you with some certainty that you will not find anything that will last you a million years, but if you find the right pair of running shoes and you are an avid runner, you will get good mileage out of the runner we’ve reviewed here.
Designed for Running
You can run barefoot or wear expensive dress shoes – but either won’t get you very far. You need to buy shoes that are designed for running.
Your foot moves in precise movements when you are running; you need shoes that will conform to that repetitive motion. They need to fit well, front to back and sides. Shoes that are too tight on the sides will cause other problems with your feed. Shoes that are too small will hurt. You need the right shoe in the right size otherwise you will do more damage to your feet.
Fit is Very Important
The right shoe will go a long way as it will:
- Cushion the foot – the central part of the shoe is the midsole, this provides much of the cushioning. While the cushioning doesn’t reduce the force that goes through the body, a good midsole will increase the time it takes for the force to apply so your body can adapt
- Support the foot – a good fitting shoe should aid in the alignment of your foot as it touches the ground
- Feels comfortable – the shoe should feel comfortable from the first time you wear it. Listen to your foot – that small bump might not be irritating right now, but after wearing it for a few days it may get very irritating, and by that time you will not be able to return the shoe either
- Fits well – Make sure there is at least 1 – 1.5cm at the end of the shoe. It should also be wide enough and long enough to fit your feet. The shoe should be snug, but not tight. Don’t buy a shoe expecting it to adapt to your feet, while they are flexible and will mould to your foot, tight shoes will always remain tight.
The Victoria State Government, in Australia, has some great tips when it comes to buying shoes:
- Shop for shoes after exercise or at the end of the day. This will help make sure that shoes feel comfortable when your feet are at their largest.
- Try the shoes wearing the same type of sock that you will wear for the activity.
- Have the shop assistant measure your feet every time you buy shoes, because your feet may become larger and wider as you age. It’s also common for one foot to be slightly bigger than the other.
- Check that you can wiggle all your toes when wearing the shoes.
- Remember, you need room for your foot to move within the shoe as you walk or run.
- The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. Don’t rely on ‘breaking them in’.
- Walk or run a few steps in your shoes, to check they are comfortable.
- Make sure the shoes grip your heel. Your heel should not slip in the shoes when you move.
- Think about width as well as length. If the ball of your foot feels squashed, ask if the shoe comes in a wider size. Shoes that are a half-size larger — but not wider — may not help.
- Feel the inside of the shoes to check for tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot.
- Examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to protect against harmful objects? Do they provide appropriate grip? Try to walk on both carpet and hard surfaces
If you play a sport, it’s a good idea to wear shoes designed for that sport. There are specific shoes designed for tennis, golf, soccer, football, netball, running, cycling and other sports. Each has a different design, material and weight to best protect feet against the stresses of the particular activity.
As we researched for this article, one shoe kept coming up consistently – this was the ASICS Men’s GEL-Venture 6 Running Shoe (562 customer reviews and 4.5 star rating). This is a follow-up to the GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoe that has garnered 8,774 customer reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating – few products compare.
Features of the ASICS Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe:
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
- Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
- Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
- Trail Specific Outsole: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
- AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.
Actual Customer Comments:
- So far, I love these and they are comfortable! January 6, 2018 by Justin (Amazon Verified Purchase)
- Great shoes. I think the sizes on this particular shoe are accurate. February 10, 2018 by A.J. Whiteman (Amazon Verified Purchase)
- Helping me get back to running from an ankle injury. November 17, 2017 by Amazon Customer (Amazon Verified Purchase)
- Stylish, durable and well made! February 9, 2018 by Amazon Customer (Amazon Verified Purchase)
- Great shoe. Great price. Very comfortable and well built. November 25, 2017 by Aaron H (Amazon Verified Purchase)
- Provides comfort, strength and stability. January 28, 2018 by James S. Jones (Amazon Verified Purchase)
There are hundreds more comments from satisfied and verified purchasers.
I have purchased ASICS shoes and couldn’t be happier. I’ve alternated between ASICS and and New Balance running shoes.