Running Shoe Recommendations: Find the Shoe That Is Right for You

If you’re a runner, it is crucial to find the right shoe for your individual needs. To do this, there are several things to consider:


There are shoes for just about every level of running, ranging from the recreational jogger to marathon competitors. Your choice of footwear should be appropriate to your individual training needs. Before you buy, think about where you run as well as how much.


No we’re not talking about fashion here—that should never be part of the decision process! When we say style, we are actually referring to the way in which you run. In other words, what does your initial contact with the ground look like? Some people may hit with their forefoot first, or maybe the outside of their heel. You’ll need to look for cushioning where you most need it depending on your foot strike.


The type of shoe you choose should partly depend on your foot structure. Your arch can help determine if you pronate (your foot rolls inward when you step), supinate (rolls outward), or are neutral upon impact. Different styles can address each issue.


Your feet actually change as you age, so it is a good idea to always measure your feet prior to asking for a size. Remember that sizes vary among brands.

To make sure you get the perfect fit, try on shoes late in the day when your feet are at their biggest. Try on both shoes and make sure that the toe box is wide and long enough for comfortable wiggle room. The shoe should fit snuggly all the way around and not slip in the heel.

Bringing along your old shoes may help the salesperson identify your wear pattern, which could help them suggest appropriate options. Also, if you wear orthotics, bring those too. You’ll need to slip them into the shoes when trying them on to make sure they will fit.

Select the Shoe That’s Right for You

Before you treat your feet to a new pair of running shoes, take a look at the list of recommendations below to help determine what pair best fits both your feet and your life. The selections are divided into three categories.

Maximum Stability (Severe Overpronators/Moderate Overpronators)

Maximum stability shoes provide significant support. These are great options for bigger runners, overpronaters, and those with flat feet, or who train heavily.

  • Asics Gel-Evolution 6
  • Asics Gel-Foundation 10
  • Brooks Beast
  • Brooks Ariel (women)
  • Brooks Addiction 10
  • New Balance 1012
  • New Balance 587
  • New Balance 993
  • New Balance 1123
  • Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+
  • Nike Zoom Equalon+3
  • Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS 2

Stability (Minimizes Overpronation & Provides Flexibility/Cushioning)

Moderate and mild stability styles offer features for runners of average size, pronation, and training routines.

  • Adidas Adizero Aegis 2.0
  • Adidas Adistar Salvation 3
  • Adidas Response Stability 3
  • Adidas Supernova Sequence 3
  • Asics Gel-3030
  • Asics Gel-Kayano 17
  • Asics Gel-Fortitude 5
  • Asics GT -2160
  • Asics Gel-1160
  • Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16
  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11
  • Brooks Switch 4
  • Brooks PureCadence
  • Brooks PureFlow
  • Brooks Ravenna 2
  • Brooks Trance 10
  • Mizuno Wave Alchemy 11
  • Mizuno Wave Inspire 7
  • Mizuno Wave Nexus 5
  • Mizuno Wave Nirvana 7
  • Mizuno Wave Elixir 6
  • New Balance 817
  • New Balance 860
  • New Balance 993
  • New Balance 1260
  • Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 15
  • Nike LunarEclipse+
  • Nike LunarFly+ 2
  • Nike LunarGlide+ 3
  • Nike Lunarswift+ 3
  • Nike Air Span+ 6
  • Nike Zoom Elite+ 4
  • Saucony Progrid Omni 10
  • Saucony ProGrid Hurricaine 13
  • Saucony ProGrid Guide 4
  • Saucony Progrid Mirage
  • Saucony Powergrid Cortana 

Neutral (Little or No Stabilizing Structural Features)

Neutral options are best for lighter, efficient runners, underpronators, and those with a less intense training regime.

  • Adidas Adizero Feather
  • Adidas Adistar Ride
  • Nike Air Pegasus+ 28
  • Nike Air Max+ 2011
  • Adidas Adizero Feather
  • Adidas Adistar Ride
  • Adidas Adizero Boston
  • Adidas Climacool Ride
  • Adidas Adizero Sonic 2.0
  • Adidas Supernova Glide
  • Adidas Response Cushion
  • Asics Gel-Nimbus 13
  • Asics Gel-Pulse 3
  • Asics Gel-Cumulus 13
  • Asics Gel-Landreth 7
  • Brooks Glycerin 8
  • Brooks Defyance 3
  • Brooks Ghost 2
  • Mizuno Wave Enigma
  • Mizuno Wave Creation 12
  • Mizuno Wave Prophecy
  • Mizuno Wave Rider 14
  • Mizuno Wave Precision 12
  • Mizuno Wave Universal 4
  • New Balance 1064
  • New Balance 840
  • New Balance 883
  • New Balance 870
  • New Balance 890
  • New Balance 905
  • New Balance 1080
  • New Balance 1770
  • New Balance 1906
  • Nike Air Pegasus+ 28
  • Nike Air Max+ 2011
  • Nike Air Max Moto+9
  • Nike Air Max Tailwind + 4
  • Nike Free Run 2
  • Nike Free Run 2 3.0
  • Nike Free 5.0
  • Nike Shox Qualify+ 2
  • Nike Shox trubo + 12
  • Nike Zoom Vomero+ 6
  • Reebok Premier Verona KFS II
  • Saucony Grid Fastwitch 5
  • Saucony ProGrid C2 Glide
  • Saucony ProGrid Jazz 14
  • Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2
  • Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8

For more information, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin TX. Call (512) 328-8900. We’ll start you on the right path to finding the right running shoe.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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