The Best Running Shoes For Men

Sorry, Prefontaine — your running shoes may be all wrong for your running style. Luckily, we can tell you how to find the best running shoes for you.

By Deren Gilly

Running can be boring, but it’s also one of the best things you can do to shed pounds, increase energy levels, and flee zombies. You’ll want to do everything you can to avoid nagging injuries like shin splints, which means it’s not enough to simply trade up from your scuffed-up Chuck Taylors. You need to buy the best running shoes for your particular body type, running style, and choice of terrain. And whether your flat feet need extra support, the trail running you do is murder on shoes, or your awkward knock-kneed gait defies typical human locomotion, this guide comprising the best running shoes for men for 2014 will help you find what’s right for you.

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The Best Running Shoes For Men

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 ($115.00)
A slimmed down version of Inspire 9, this new incarnation boasts even better stability. Weighing in at a mere 9 ounces, the Inspire 10 sports a U4IC (pronounced Euphoric) midsole, making it 30 percent lighter without sacrificing support. Moderate over-pronators will geek out over the redesigned Wave plate, blown rubber outsole, and sculpted edge of the lateral forefoot. The smooth ride of this everyday trainer might not make you run longer — what running shoe can do that? — but it’ll make your runs more comfortable.

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Bob Adjemian (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:23:55 +0000): This shoe article could have been written 10 years ago. The current view has finally become that the feet are quite able to take care of themselves. They don't need or want cushioning, motion control, or a heel lift. The result is the same kind of shoe the ancient Roman and Greek soldiers wore. Let the foot be a foot. The fancy running shoes only injure the body.
Tyson Kemp (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:34:50 +0000): Barefoot is the way to go!
Alex Zlotnik (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:07:25 +0000): inov-8.com
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:06:24 +0000): You need to do some more research before you get someone hurt. Do not promote your shenanigans on the internet. Running barefoot is not healthy or safe in any way. The foot is not meant to run, it is meant to stabilize us. Adaptations from evolution have resulted in our current foot "design". In order to run without detriment, running shoes are required. You're only doing yourself a disservice by abandoning shoes. Good luck.
Robert Colby (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:13:44 +0000): "The foot is not meant to run" --LOL
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:15:09 +0000): http://www.marksdailyapple.com/did-humans-evolve-to-be-long-distance-runners/ Try again?
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:18:02 +0000): No human being has ever had to "run" for food or to survive. We are at the top of the food chain. We use our minds, which is why the brain has developed far more than our physical condition. Not sure why you'd even post... --LOL
Robert Colby (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:19:38 +0000): Well if Mike Sisson says it, then it must be fact! "No human being has ever had to "run" for food or to survive"--LOL
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:22:03 +0000): Human beings do not run for food my good friend. We hunt, we stalk, and we outsmart. For centuries humans have been herding animals off cliffs so they do not have to chase them. I can see you're a bit less than human due to your lack of a certain gene, so I'll leave you with some helpful information! Read a book.
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:24:09 +0000): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/27well.html The scientific evidence supports the notion that humans evolved to be runners. In a 2007 paper in the journal Sports Medicine, Daniel E. Lieberman, a Harvard evolutionary biologist, and Dennis M. Bramble, a biologist at the University of Utah, wrote that several characteristics unique to humans suggested endurance running played an important role in our evolution. Please, for the sake of the educated, go to school
Robert Colby (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:34:44 +0000): Let me begin by saying that I very much appreciate your extremely high level of intellect. With witticisms like "Read a book" and "go to school" I am not sure why you aren't already a very famous author, or at least a budding comedian. As you so quaintly put, humans have been herding animals off cliffs for a very long time. And before that, humans organized hunting parties to kill many different types of beasts. Sure they used weapons, but only in the last 100 years have humans used $125 shoes.
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:45:26 +0000): "but only in the last 100 years have humans used $125 shoes." My argument being that we only recently evolved into runners, you just proved my point. I do tend to write funny stories from time to time, so I guess your comedian/author outburst is just teeming with truth! Tell me you were just trolling this whole time and you actually aren't this stupid so I can go to bed easy tonight.
Robert Colby (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:56:32 +0000): I am glad that you finally got to your point. I guess it just takes a little trolling to get you from "The foot is not meant to run" all the way to "we only recently evolved into runners." I don't think anything was proven this night but try not to let your concern for my well being keep you up.
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:01:49 +0000): The point is that we only recently evolved to the point where running is an option. Our feet aren't "meant" to run, but we can if we want. Just like we can swim if we want, but we aren't meant to. It's still ridiculous to run barefoot.
Frank Castle (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:57:16 +0000): Man, you are a real idiot! I guess that you dress as the Romans did, huh? Let the foot be a foot????!!!! Moron.
Fadi Alawad (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:52:30 +0000): ...
Adam Watson (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:56:49 +0000): Barefoot or close to it... http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidden-Superathletes-Greatest/dp/0307266303 "The foot is not meant to run" Hahaha.....hahaha.
Quan Nghiem (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:38:06 +0000): Not a New Balance in sight? This article is crap.
Quan Nghiem (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:39:42 +0000): Also no Asics. Once again, crap article.
Quan Nghiem (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:40:43 +0000): Not that great.
Quan Nghiem (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:41:52 +0000): Throw away your shoes and go barefoot. I want to see how far you get. Show some pics!
Graham Cressman (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:39:10 +0000): Here's a picture of me finishing the Waterloo 10k Classic. Barefoot. Because I refuse to believe I was born 'broken' like Clinton does.
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:09:18 +0000): Ignorant runners make me laugh. Running is actually against our primal nature. If you're running, you're activating your defensive reflexes, your body thinks you are in danger. Runners are actually just forcing their bodies to become permanent fear machines. You learned something today.
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:14:17 +0000): You weren't born to run, you choose to run. You could choose to do something more beneficial to your body, but you don't. You aren't born *broken*. You just seem to think that running is natural for some reason and can't seem to grasp that it isn't. It's not like I'm going to change your opinion, but the facts are clear, barefoot running is stupid. "The scientific evidence supports the notion that humans evolved to be runners." Shoes are needed because we were never meant to "run" for fun. We run in fear, just like all runners, you're all just teaching your body that it's okay to be afraid all the time.
Graham Cressman (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:20:31 +0000): Your 'facts' are conspicuously absent.
Clinton John Ritchie (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:24:25 +0000): That's because you don't bother to read the rest of what was said. I'll post this for the 2nd time, because you seem incompetent. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/27well.html
Bob Adjemian (Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:06:21 +0000): There is plenty of research that supports barefoot running that Mr. R. is unaware of, and that's OK. I ran Sunday in my new Luna Sandals made by Barefoot Ted for barefoot-like running, and it felt so good to run that way. The freedom that the foot feels should be experienced. The trick is to build up slowly since some of the foot muscles need to be strengthened.
Robert Colby (Tue, 30 Aug 2011 01:31:12 +0000): Don't sweat this kid, everyone. Maybe his body was not designed for running. Let's not make him feel worse about it.
Clinton John Ritchie (Tue, 30 Aug 2011 05:28:31 +0000): When you step on a used needle, I'll be the one standing in the distance, laughing my ass off... because I just heard a really funny joke, also at you though.
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Brendan Kiely (Mon, 03 Sep 2012 20:31:27 +0000): The best running shoes are Asics Gel Kayano 18. I bought these shoes a week ago. This is a much improved version than the 17's. The shoes space has increased a little and the comfort (cushioning) near the toes is much more improved and feels so good. I basically have a flat foot so the duomax provides the hump to make my foot feel like a normal arch. The Gel cushioning is similar to the 17 and feels good. These are the best shoes and I would recommend them to my friends. It feels like I am walking on some cloud! These are pricey now as they are just released and I will sure get one more after the price has gone down. Love these shoes! Awesome! More info: http://best-gear.org/asics-mens-gel-kayano-18-running-shoe/.
Jerry Jones (Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:08:26 +0000): my feet hurt if i walk bare let alone run.
Burt Coleman (Mon, 06 Jan 2014 03:39:20 +0000): Great review. Just found a pair on Amazon for a great price: http://amzn.to/1bJty7s - free shipping to boot. Had to share this with anyone who is looking for a great pair of running shoes.
Danielle Patterson (Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:47:32 +0000): Nike's are the best running shoes for men. Got a couple of pair for my brother's birthday and he is so happy. I don't know anything about running shoes, but after reading these reviews: http://amzn.to/1dRKnPN on Amazon, I was like a guru. Got free shipping too. Can't lose with good honest reviews.
Steroids (Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:39:07 +0000): brooks beast are my favorites great for those with flat feet.

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