Are your old running shoes on their very last legs? Considering investing in a new pair? We give you a few unbiased opinions on what Men’s running shoes we think are at the top of the game right now, whether you’re looking for a narrow fit or you’ve got clown feet (like me!), we’ve got something to suit everyone.
Hoka One One Clifton
The Best… Overall
We’ll make no secrets of it; we love the Hoka One One Clifton, despite its absolutely ridiculous name. Fairly new on the scene, Hoka One One have only been around since 2010, created by two French buddies who used to work for Salomon, they’ve dubbed themselves as the ultra ‘maximalist’ shoe, in response to the brief yet powerful boom of minimalist running back in 2013 (which seems to have died down for the foreseeable future).
The Clifton combines two of the most important characteristics necessary when considering purchasing a running shoe. They are ultra-lightweight, due to their SpeedFrame construction, but also are perfect for those looking for a protective shoe, thanks to their generous cushioning around the toe and heel. It’s the one of the lightest running shoes you can find on the market that also comes with a thick protective design.
They combine a wide toe box with a molded midsole which helps increase stability and gives a comfortable heel to toe strike. The Hoka One One Clifton is clearly made by a company that has identified what areas runners needed more in, adjusted their shoe accordingly, and profited. We recommend the Clifton to beginners and advanced runners alike, especially if you are looking at long distance running.
Mizuno Wave Inspire
The Best if you want… Durability
The Wave Inspire is Mizuno’s second most popular shoe, slightly behind the [easyazon_link identifier=”B010TQWJYY” locale=”US” tag=”sgo171-20″ popups=”n”]Wave Rider[/easyazon_link], though we don’t think that’s a great reflection of the two shoes. The Wave Rider is not as durable as the Inspire, probably due to the double fan wave technology that extends the sole life of your Mizuno Inspire. They also have a U4icX strobel board (sounds long and complex, we know) that is fantastic for heel support and general cushioning comfort.
ASICS Men’s Gel-Kayano
The Best for… Overpronation
The Gel Kayano has long been the running shoe of choice for the over-pronator, probably due to Asics FluidFit system which helps make the Gel-Kayano ‘more like a glove’ than a regular running shoe. They also concentrate on a tight fitting heel with their exoskeletal clutching system and GEL cushioning systems, which allow for a comfortable heel strike.
REMEMBER: Asics seem to have been making the Gel Kayano slightly narrower each model that they produce; this means that the Asics Gel Kayano 23 have quite a narrow toe box and low height. If you’re looking for a regular fitting running shoe and you’re thinking of ordering the Gel Kayano, it might be worth ordering them in a size above your regular shoe size. It’s definitely worth considering ordering them in a larger width as well; they come in three different widths (D for regular fit, 2E for wide fit and 4E for ultra wide fit).
The Best for… A Narrow Foot
Across every shoe guide and footwear forum you’ll always see people asking ‘what shoes are best for my wide feet’?Well, there’s now plenty of options for that but what about those with narrow feet? The ZigRhythm is perfect for a narrow foot, coming in just one width (D) you’re best off ordering your ZigRhythms at least half a size above your regular shoe size.
In terms of design and attractiveness, you’ll either love or hate the funky design which comes in a subtle black and blue or a flamboyant fluorescent yellow. Made with Reebok’s ‘ZigTech’, the Rhythms offer maximum traction and fantastic shock absorption due to the thick zig-zag outer sole.
Skechers Go Run Ultra
The Best for… Protection
Skechers Go Run Ultra make the list of some of the best running shoes around at the moment, primarily due to their thick, comfortable cushioning and super protective toe box. They’re ideally suited to harsh terrains due to their hyper aggressive traction and sole.
These Ultras are fantastic for those looking for extra cushioning around the collar of their running shoes. They are certainly a bulky pair of shoes, not ideally suited to those looking for optimum pace, but in terms of comfortability and certainly protection, the added bulk of the Ultra’s make them a solid choice for those trail running. Although they are quite bulky, they are still relatively lightweight and it’s a small sacrifice to pay for added shock absorption and stability.
Saucony Echelon 5
The Best for… Road Running
The American giants Saucony have produced one of their most popular shoes in recent years with the Echelon 5. This is probably due to the patented ‘Sauc-Fit’ system, 8mm heel-to-toe offset and and extremely comfortable flat footbed.
Made with road running in mind, they are adaptable to other terrains and you’ll probably find them quite low impact whether running trails or walking on the treadmill.
Saucony’s Echelon 5’s are aimed specifically at those with ‘wide foot syndrome’, coming in three different width sizes; D, a slightly wide but fairly normal fit, and either 2E or 3E, for those looking for a specifically wide fitting running shoe.
Nike Air Zoom Structure
The Best for… Stability
Described by Nike as their best running shoe in terms of stability, the Air Zoom Structure are a solid pair of running shoes that suit those conscious of the fashionable aspect of running as well as the technical. Available in a wide variety of colors, the durable midsole and flat arch make them a fantastic choice both visually and performance wise.
As often with other running shoes from Nike, they usually run at least half a size smaller than your regualr shoes size, so make sure to order correctly.