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What are the most comfortable running shoes?

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What are the most comfortable running shoes?

What is the most comfortable running shoes, I want to feel like I'm not wearing a shoes
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That depends on a lot of stuff.
- Your running style - forefoot strike, or heel strike? Do you want a close to zero-drop, or a significant heel drop?
- Your gait - over pronate, under pronate, neutral?
- Your budget - do you want to spend $60 on a pair, or are you willing to spend $200?
- The shape of your foot - there are fewer options if you have a 2E or 4E wide foot

What's comfortable for one person might not be what's comfortable for you.

There are a lot of quality running shoe manufacturers: New Balance, Saucony, ASICS, Nike, Mizuno, Hoka, and Brooks all make good running shoes. Brooks is generally lower budget than the rest, but still high quality. New Balance has styles for every budget. Skechers has also entered the light running shoe market recently, and gets pretty good reviews for their GOrun line.

I'm a forefoot striker with a 4E wide forefoot and a neutral gait. I have limited shoe options, so I've moved away from looking for lightweight shoes and just run in what fits. Right now, for me, it's the Brooks Ghost Line. I used to run in the ASICS Gel-Nimbus until they changed the last; and after that the New Balance 880v2, but I don't like the mid-foot fit. These aren't exactly light weight shoes, but options for a 4E wide foot are limited.

For a season a few years ago I ran interchangeably in a pair of Vibram FiveFingers and New Balance Minimus. Both are quality, light weight, minimalist shoes that support a forefoot striker (i.e. lots of room for forefoot splay). Neither have any cushion. They're about as close as you can get to running barefoot.

I recommend visiting a specialty shoe store and trying out some options. Look for a local, small, runner owned specialty store that has selection, customer service, and running knowledge (not The Running Room). Many of them are willing to order in shoes for you to try on with no obligation to purchase.
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Vibram FiveFingers are the closest thing I've found to "shoes that feel like no shoes". I'm not typically a barefoot kind of person, but enjoyed wearing those. But they got ki-boshed by the girlfriend, so...
https://us.vibram.com/shop/shop-all-pro ... fingers-1/

And I have personally run with people who run half marathons barefoot. Seems nuts to me, but whatever floats your boat.

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I'm not a runner, but I love Vibram FiveFinger shoes for general training. It 100% makes sense that the human foot is designed to let each toe move independently, which it can't do with it is squished into a shoe (even a minimalist shoe).

Adidas actually did a huge launch of the Adipure trainer 10 years ago that looked like a copy of the vibram five finger. I think Adidas eventually dropped the product, as sales didn't match expectations..
Here's a video from the launch, where Mark Verstegen (who trains many elite professional athletes and works with Adidas) explains the benefits of a "barefoot shoe".


As far as running, as Dynatos says, it depends on how you run. If you run landing on the heel first, then a barefoot shoe is not going to work for you unless you change your running stride.
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Dynatos wrote: I recommend visiting a specialty shoe store and trying out some options. Look for a local, small, runner owned specialty store that has selection, customer service, and running knowledge (not The Running Room). Many of them are willing to order in shoes for you to try on with no obligation to purchase.
I just started running about 3 weeks ago and feeling some discomfort on feet and knees, so I was going to try the Running Room to have them analyze my feet and style. How come you don't recommend them?
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xfftwf wrote: I just started running about 3 weeks ago and feeling some discomfort on feet and knees, so I was going to try the Running Room to have them analyze my feet and style. How come you don't recommend them?
Running Room doesn't stock really wide (4E) shoes, and will only special order them if you commit to purchasing them, no refunds. That policy didn't sit well with me.
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Hjeij95 wrote: What is the most comfortable running shoes, I want to feel like I'm not wearing a shoes
the ones that fit YOUR feet best.
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you need to find your fit - which requires trying on multiple shoes and walking around in them (or running in them, if they let you)

that being said : I am a fan of asics gel kayano (they are pricey - look for them on sale. if you have non-wide size feet they go on sale at sportchek for a big discount a few times a year)

I have wide: 4e size feet - if someone has suggestions for casual / walking shoes or running shoes that they like please let me know.
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