The Best Running Shoes, According To A Podiatrist

These ultra-supportive running shoes for men and women include the New Balance 1540 V3 and the Hoka Clifton 8.
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What we wear on our feet makes all the difference in how we move, especially when running or jogging. As a high-impact activity, running puts a lot of pressure on feet and knees and the least we can do is make sure they are supported properly. That’s where having a good running shoe comes in — and maybe a fitness tracker so you can keep up with your progress.

According to Dr. Chanel J. Perkins, a board-certified podiatrist based in Texas, an adequate amount of cushioning is crucial when it comes to selecting a quality shoe.

“Cushioning is a very vital element in running shoes since this is what helps with shock absorption as the foot forcefully impacts the ground when running,” Perkins said.

She added that a good running shoe tends to be more flexible in the arch, but stiffer in the forefoot, and is generally lighter since it’s designed for speed and performance. In short? Try to stay away from super bulky, heavy shoes that will weigh your feet down.

“Look for a running shoe with mesh, which not only contributes to the lightweight feel of a running shoe, but also offers more breathability since feet get hot when running,” Perkins said. “Another quality to look for in a running shoe is ample heel and forefoot cushioning.”

Below, find Perkins’ top recommendations for the best running shoes for women and men.

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New Balance 1540 V3 running shoe
"The New Balance brand is a favorite among podiatrists. These shoes are wide enough to accommodate an arch support, custom orthotic or heel cup if needed," Perkins said.

The women's shoe comes in three colors in sizes 5-14, with narrow, wide, extra wide and extra-extra wide options. The men's shoe comes in four colors and sizes 7-16, with narrow, wide, extra wide and extra-extra wide options. It has a cushioned sole made of lightweight foam to support your feet during your run.
2
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Hoka Clifton 8 running shoe
"Hoka shoes are traditionally highly cushioned, which helps comfort the foot when running," Perkins said.

The pull tab above the heel helps you get your feet in and out of this running shoe easily. In addition to the cushioned footbed, there's also foam padding around the ankle collar and under the tongue for a super comfy fit that will make you want to run an extra lap. The shock-absorbing midsole takes the impact as you take each step.

The women's shoe comes in multiple colors like aqua, purple, orange, white and black and in sizes 5-12, with wide options. The men's shoe comes in colors like black, orange, blue, yellow and teal and in sizes 7-14, with wide options, too.
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Altra Rivera running shoe
"These shoes are ultra lightweight and made from a seamless mesh material. Also, the spacious foot-shaped toe box offers wiggle room for the toes, which is important since the feet expand when we run," Perkins said.

Available in colors like orange, green, dark blue, light blue and black, the men's version of this shoe comes in sizes 7-15. The women's version comes in colors like coral, purple, teal, blue, black and light blue, and in sizes 5.5-12.
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Asics Gel Kayano Lite running shoe
"This shoe has a firm foam support throughout the arch. In addition to being lightweight, it’s also very soft, highly cushioned and largely breathable," Perkins said.

The women's shoe comes in sizes 5-13, while the men's shoe comes in sizes 6-16. If Amazon is out of your size, both the men's and women's shoes are also available at Road Runner Sports.
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