Whether you're a seasoned marathoner or someone who likes to occasionally lace up and go for a quick run, you probably already know that the right shoes can make a big difference in your running performance. As editor for LoveToKnow Exercise and a fitness professional, I'm pleased to offer recommendations for five specific running shoes that will help you increase your speed and lengthen your runs.
I received a pair of On Cloudsurfer shoes to review. I had heard of this brand already because of their many design awards and performance accolades, so I was excited to try them for myself to see what the hype was about. Upon arrival, I immediately noticed the interesting rubber elements at the bottom of the shoes; this design is meant to help lessen impact and injuries while also providing a light, yet gripped, running experience.
The moment I put on these shoes and stood up, I felt compelled to run. The cushioning on these shoes is ample without being obtrusive. Even though they may appear to be bulky, they certainly don't feel that way. My run in these shoes felt peppy and light. I recommend these shoes for any running experience.
Fans of the On brand include top athletes and consumers alike. Top Ironman triathlete Mary Beth Ellis says that On makes "the fastest most amazing running shoe out there." She wears On Cloudracers and feels that they give her "a competitive advantage on race day." A blogger on HolaBirdSports reviewed a pair of Cloudsurfers and said he put the shoes to the test by trying to run sloppily in them, and felt as though the design of the shoe actually "corrected" his stride.
Purchase these shoes directly through the On website or locate a local dealer. You will pay around $140 for a pair of these shoes.
The Asics Gel-Kayano was the first pair of running shoes I bought when I became serious about fitness. I knew I needed a shoe that was durable, yet provided ample support for running. Most importantly, I wanted running shoes that felt comfortable, and these shoes fit the bill.
These shoes work great for running and cross training alike. I turn to my Kayanos when I want to switch back and forth between running and another activity without changing shoes. I also like the look of these shoes, as well as the fact they come in a variety of colors.
Asics customers say these shoes allow them to run without pain. Foot Locker customers agree, applauding the comfortable fit and colorful look. This shoe appears on both Runner's World and Fitness Magazine's top running shoes lists.
Kayano running shoes are available at most major shoe retailers and can also be purchased on Amazon for around $140.
The Right Fit
The right running shoe will help you improve your performance while also helping you avoid injuries. Runner's World recommends replacing running shoes every 300 to 500 miles for best results. Try out a wide variety of shoes and invest in a pair that makes you want to run longer and stronger than ever before.