8 Running Shoes That Are Great for Any Situation
By: Runner’s World and Zappos
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017, 9:11 AM
Whether running fast, long, or at night, these shoes will be ready to run.
Great Shoes for a Track or Fast Race
$89.95. Grippy, light, and an ideal choice if you’re looking for fast turnover in the lanes or at shorter race. The new mesh upper keeps your foot locked in, and we loved the extra bit of cushion in the heel considering the shoe is so light at 7.6 oz. One note: Several of the RW testers had to go up a half-size for the best fit.
Great Shoes for Your Evening Run
$120. The Ride always has that great combo of being a lightweight trainer while also giving you enough support for any run. With the Reflex styling, you also get reflective midsoles, logos, and portions of the upper to light up your feet for those dimly-lit outings.
Great Shoes If You Love a Soft Landing
$130. We loved the update to this shoe, which features even more Boost foam throughout to give you a gentle run. In fact, 97 percent of shoes are less cushioned in the heel according to our lab data.
Great Shoes to Also Wear Around the Office
$100. Who doesn’t want a pair of kicks that work just as well for running errands or keeping you comfy on the job. But if you don’t want to “look” like a runner with bright-colored shoes all day, go with a pair that has a simple, fresh looking colorway, like this PureFlow 6 with a heathered fabric that looks just as good with jeans as they do with your running gear.
Great Shoes to Tackle Gnarly Trail
$139.95. Named one of RW’s Best Shoes in the World, this shoe named after ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer is a great combination of grip on the outsole to dig into the trail and cushioning with its midsole foam to help you go over longer distances more comfortably. Testers liked the roomy fit, which was ideal when feet started to swell after a tough day on the hills.
Great Shoes for Getting to the Trail
$103.95-$129.95. If you’re often going from the road to the trail back to the road, you want a shoe that’s an all-arounder. You’re covered with the Daichi on the trail because it has a multidirectional outsole that grips to just about anywhere you land. Plus, it has enough cushioning if you happen to hit some pavement.
Best Shoes for That Natural Feeling
104-$130. This was awarded Editor’s Choice in the RW Fall Shoe Guide for a good reason. The new bouncy midsole foam blends nicely with Altra’s nearly zero-drop construction, which gets you closer to the ground and primes you to go fast. You’ll also get the comfortable fit that Altra fans love and the normal wide forefoot that lets you splay your toes out comfortably while on the run.
Best Shoes for Any Distance
$82.50-$110. The Pegasus is like a wine that keeps getting better with age. This neutral shoe is light, responsive, and flexible for pretty much every runner. The Flymesh upper provides great breathability, and we love the various color options you can get for both men and women.
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