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Best Running Shoes

When looking to find the best running shoes, the first thing you need to know is your foot type and running mechanics. Why? The running shoe manufacturers design their running shoes to fit these different running styles. Below you will find our recommendations on the best running shoes for whatever your running style is.

But that’s not all!

We also do the price comparison of online running shoe stores for you, and review the shoes, so you can save money, save time shopping and spend more time running.

If you are not quite sure of your foot type and running mechanics, you may find this article very helpful: Determine your running mechanics.

Otherwise, see our top 3 recommendations in each of the shoe categories to find the best running shoes for you.

Best Neutral/Cushioned Running Shoes

1. Brooks Ghost 6

The latest edition in the Brooks Ghost series isn’t actually lighter than the previous version. But the new Ghost 6 FEELS lighter — which is just one of the things that has runners clamoring for it. Of course, popularity isn’t a new concept for the Ghost designers. The Ghost 6 is the fourth consecutive shoe in the series to win the "Editor’s Choice" award from Runner’s World. It’s a tradition based largely on the “Ghost way” of elite cushioning and comfort.

2. Asics GEL-Cumulus 15

Bringing home the Runner's World Editors Choice for Summer 2013 wasn't much of a shock for the Asics GEL-Cumulus 15, it has always been a solid neutral running shoe, but this year it even won it over it's more expensive big brother the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15.

3. Nike Flyknit Lunar1+

In a way, the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ is all about "more." It’s more light, more comfortable, more snug and more ballyhooed than most other neutral running shoes. If you’re OK with this combination of factors, you likely will be thrilled with this cutting-edge tool for high-arched neutral runners.

Best Stability Running Shoes

1. Asics GEL-Kayano 20

Who needs platinum? For the 20th anniversary of its GEL-Kayano stability running shoe series, ASICS pulled out all the stops, such as brand-new midsole and upper technology.

2. Nike LunarGlide+ 5

Another lightweight, richly cushioned stability shoe. Another well-designed option for distance runners with medium arches. Not much changed from the Nike LunarGlide+ 4 to the LunarGlide+ 5 ̶ but it didn't need to. The previous version of this sleek, attractive shoe was made a ton lighter and more efficient, and the LunarGlide+ 5 upheld most of those popular adjustments. At $110, it's a good ─ albeit not very durable ─ purchase that is capable of meeting the needs of both underpronators and normal pronators. If you're willing to exchange durability for lightweight comfort and sleek design, and if you're on a budget, the Nike LunarGlide+ 5 likely will be a great fit.

3. Asics GT-2000 2

ASICS speaks loudly and proudly about the goal of its GT-2000 2 stability running shoe, for hoofers with average arches and medium pronation. Not with words, though. The company's commitment to dreamy cushioning and top-of-the-line stride performance shine through in every finely tuned feature. For $20 more, the ASICS GT 2000 series provides deeper cushioning and better-quality mesh and overlays than the GT 1000. Both are excellent stability shoes, so it's really a matter of whether you think these minor differences warrant the $120 suggested retail price.

Best Motion Control Running Shoes

1. Asics Gel Evolution 5

The Asics Gel Evolution 5 are the most supportive shoes in the Asics lineup of running shoes and fall into the Motion Control category. This shoe is for runners who excessively overpronate, have low arches, and is also designed to support bigger runners who overpronate and need more support than a regular Stability shoe.

Have heard quite a few positive results from bigger runners about how the Evolution 5's were able to help control overpronation for them, when other shoes couldn't. Also, quite a few runners have reported that insoles and orthotics are able to fit in with no problem, which can be challenging with some running shoes.

2. Brooks Addiction 9

The Brooks Addiction 9 is one of the most pouplar motion control running shoes on the market to help support you low arched, overpronators out there. Even though the shoe has tons of stability and motion control features, you will find that cushioning wasn't sacrificed.

3. Brooks Beast

The Brooks Beast is the typical shoe for heavier runners who overpronate severely. Even if an overpronator, that may not be the right shoe. The Brooks Beast is a big motion control shoe, not really for slight overpronators. Standard/premium stability shoes can work just fine in many cases.

The Brooks Beast shoe has more of the high-end stuff than the Brooks Addiction. For the money, the Addiction is a good shoe, but it doesn't stack up to the Brooks Beast for heavy severe overpronators.

Best Running Shoes For Flat Feet

If you have flat feet, you likely find yourself with a running style characterized by excessive over-pronation. Running shoes designed to work with your running style are categorized as Motion Control shoes. See our price comparison of online running shoe retailers and read our reviews to determine which will be the best running shoe for you.

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Best Stability Running Shoes

Looking for Stability running shoes, you likely find yourself as a runner with a normal arch height, and you typically fall into the category of being an average pronator in your foot stride, which really means that your foot does not roll excessively to the inside. See our price comparison of online running shoe retailers and read our reviews to determine which will be the best stability running shoe for you.

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Best Running Shoes for High Arches

If you have High Arches, you probably also under-pronate with your running stride, which means that your foot rolls slightly to the inside or even to the outside. This means that the shoe type that would best complement your high arches are Neutral running shoes. See our price comparison of online running shoe retailers and read our review to determine which will be the best running shoe for you.

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Best Neutral Running Shoes

The design of the best neutral running shoes concentrates on placing cushioning along the outside of the running shoe to help absorb any outward roll of your foot, in addition to being able to put a lot of cushioning in the heel because your foot doesn’t roll too far inwards. See our price comparison of online running shoe retailers and read our review to determine which will be the best neutral running shoe for you.

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Best Running Shoes 2010

Below are listed the Best Running Shoes for 2010. Since running shoes are typically split up into three categories depending on the type of arch and running style that you have, below I have provided the top 3 shoes in each category. We also shop online for the best running shoe prices among many retailers […]

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Newton vs. New Balance running shoes

After the Newton Running Shoes teleconference I got an e-mail from Alan Reynolds asking if I would follow up with Danny Dryer about a New Balance shoe that Danny Dryer helped design. After a few e-mails with Danny, this was his response. Thanks for the question Alan… The difference between the Newton Shoe and the […]

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Newton Running Shoes Teleconference (MP3)

A couple weeks ago I posted a youtube video made by Newton Running Shoes. This generated a lot of discussion about proper running form and the claims made by various shoe manufacturers. Last Thursday I got on a conference call with Newton Running Shoes and had a chance to ask them a bunch of questions […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Running Shoes

The new DVD The Ultimate Guide to Running Shoes is finally available for sale. This includes about two hours of video on a DVD, including the Rich Harris video that many RunningShoesExpert.com subscribers have already seen and love.  Even though the DVD is available, we’ll leave the download page up for a while and may […]

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The Newton Running Shoe

A friend of mine just sent me a link to Newton Running Shoes. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the site, but it’s the first time I’ve really looked into it. They’re not cheap, but if they deliver on everything they claim then it’s a good investment. Aside from their patents on new running […]

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Nike Free 5.0 running shoes

Nike Free 5.0 V4

Click Images Below to see Shoe Colors: Men: Shoe Type: Cushioned/Neutral Plus Nike Free 5.0 V4 ReviewThis shoe was inspired by the southwest Anastasi native peoples known for running long distances in bare feet. The Men’s Nike Free 5.0 V4 Running Shoe defies gravity as it enhances foot and leg strengthening. Want to train and […]

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Nike SHOX Experience+ 2 running shoes

Nike Shox Experience+ 2

Click Images Below to see Shoe Colors: Men: Shoe Type: Cushioned/Neutral Nike Shox Experience+ 2 ReviewThe Nike SHOX Experience+ 2 Men’s Running Shoe is designed to protect your feet from the toughest challenges, with superior cushioning and support. The SHOX Experience+ 2 features a breathable mesh upper with elastic cage for support, an upper with […]

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Nike Air Zoom Structure Triax+ 11 running shoes

The Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ running shoe was created with mild to moderate overpronators in mind. This is evident from the PU crash pad, and soft Rideliner PU footbed. This version of the Triax+ is lower to the ground, so it provides exceptional medial support and stability. However, it also provides responsiveness with Zoom cushioning. […]

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Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+ running shoes

Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+

The Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+ running shoe is a great choice for moderate to excessive over-pronators. Providing both stability and cushioning, the Nucleus MC+ features a breathable upper and supportive midfoot saddle for a neutral positioning of the foot. Air units in both the heel and forefoot provide increased shock absorption, and give plenty of cushioning.

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Nike Zoom Equalon+ 3 running shoes

Nike Zoom Equalon+ 3

Click Images Below to see Shoe Colors: Men: Shoe Type: Stability Plus Nike Zoom Equalon+ 3 ReviewThe Nike Zoom Equalon+ 3 Men’s Running Shoe is the newest version of Nike’s Equalon range, and delivers a stable, cushioned running experience. The Equalon+ 3 features a breathable sandwich mesh upper with synthetic panels for support, foam cushion […]

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Nike Air Pegasus+ 25 running shoes

Celebrate 25 years of industry-leading comfort and design, the Nike Air Pegasus+ 25 Wide Men’s Running Shoe provides the same lightweight feel and great fit that you’ve come to expect from the Pegasus series, but in a slightly wider size. This shoe features a light, breathable mesh upper (based on the original 1983 Pegasus model) […]

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Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 12 running shoes

Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 12

The Nike Zoom Structure Triax+12 is one of Nike’s best-selling running shoes of all time. It is extraordinarily well constructed with no detail spared for the smoothest run possible and maximum enjoyment. It has a great fit with excellent support and cushioning.

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero+ 3 running shoes

Get ready for the ultimate ride in the Nike Air Zoom Vomero+ 3 Men’s Shoe, an amazing ultra-cushioning running shoe designed for the perfect fit and unbeatable comfort for those long runs. This stylish running shoe comes in various colors including red, black, yellow and green among others. It’s an extremely light running shoe only […]

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Brooks Racer ST 4 running shoes

Brooks Racer ST 4

Click Images Below to see Shoe Colors: Men: Shoe Type: Racing Stability Brooks Racer ST 4 ReviewBrooks Racer ST 4 running shoes are part of their racing running shoes line. Here’s a little more information. Complete with a new upper, but not a lot of change though. It is a very light and low cushioned […]

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Brooks T6 racing running shoes

Brooks T6 Racer

Click Images Below to see Shoe Colors: Men: Shoe Type: Racing Cushioned/Neutral Brooks T6 Racer ReviewBrooks T6 running shoes are in the racing running shoes line. Here’s a little more information. Comes with a new upper, and a seamless feel on the inside, to prevent barefeet rubbing on stich lines. The new Brooks T6 Racer […]

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Brooks Adrenaline ASR 5 trail running shoes

This is a quick write-up of Brooks Adrenaline ASR 5 trail running shoes. Used for when you need a running shoe for the cold or trail and are a shoe similar to Brooks Adrenaline for regular running. They’re a trail running shoe. The top is mesh, weather resistant. They are not the same as the […]

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