Running Shoe Reviews: Your Complete Guide
The perfect pair of running shoes can be quite elusive. With models changing frequently and so many options available, how do you decide which pair is best for you?
There are many types of shoes – minimalist shoes, racing flats, spikes, cushioned trainers, and bulky motion-control shoes. The reviews here will help you make the best decision for your training and for your feet. I only review running shoes that I’ve worn and trained in personally.
Some of these running shoe reviews are for shoes that I bought personally. Others were provided to me. Regardless, every review is my honest opinion of the shoe and who it will benefit. I also try to explain how you can use the running shoe in your training to become a better runner.
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Running Shoe Reviews
Below are all of the running shoe reviews I’ve written on Strength Running. These don’t represent all of the running shoes I’ve worn, but the ones that I thought were worthy of a review.
While most are positive,I do include negative running shoe reviews. I think it’s a valuable experience to run in shoes I don’t like; it helps reinforce what shoes work for me, how I evaluate them, and helps me better understand the running shoe market so I can continue to write insightful running shoe reviews.
Alright, let’s get down to it! Here are all of SR’s running shoe reviews:
- ASICS Hyper Speeds (racing flat)
- Merrell Trail Glove (minimalist)
- Nike Zoom Streak XC (racing flat)
- Adidas adiZero Boston 3 (neutral trainer)
- ASICS Speedstar 6 (neutral trainer)
- K-Swiss Kwicky Blade-Light (neutral trainer)
- New Balance Minimus Road (minimalist)
- Skora Form (minimalist)
- ASICS Gel-Blur 33 (cushioned trainer)
- Newton Gravity (neutral trainer)
- Skora Phase (minimalist)
- Soft Star RunAmoc Dash (minimalist)
- Saucony Kinvara 4 (neutral trainer)
- New Balance 1400 (neutral trainer)
- Hoka One One Rapa Nui 2 (cushioned / maximalist)
- Adidas Adios Boost (lightweight trainer)
- New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail (neutral, cushioned trail shoe)
My Philosophy on Running Shoes
- The Spectrum of Minimalist Running Shoes
- Using Minimalism as a Tool Not a Way of Life
- How to Choose Running Shoes
- Running Barefoot for Injury Prevention and Mechanics Improvement
- 3 Shoe Features that Stop me from Buying
- What Shoes Should I Wear When I’m Not Running?
I’m a “cautious minimalist” in that I pick my battles: a small amount of minimalism can help you improve your form, prevent injuries, and develop greater lower leg strength. There’s no need to be a 100% barefoot runner and ditch running shoes entirely.
In fact, the best way to strike a balance between running barefoot and wearing shoes is to run like you’re barefoot while wearing running shoes.
So wear your shoes and wear them proudly!
Why I Don’t Recommend Running Shoes
I never recommend a specific type of shoes for any runner. That’s why when I write running shoe reviews, I say that a particular shoe might work for you if “xyz.” So please don’t email me for a shoe suggestion.
Every runner is an individual with a different stride pattern, gait, weight, use profile, injury history, and biomechanical flaws. What works for me may be a terrible choice for you so I try to review as many running shoes as possible so you can learn as much as you can before investing in a pair of shoes.
The best way to find what works for you is to test as many shoes as you can. You may find that a certain type works best on easy runs while you tolerate a very different style for faster workouts. Some runners love Nike – others can’t stand them.
Here is a quote from Runnah that sums up how I think about running shoe selection:
BE COMFORTABLE – this is the most important thing, find a shoe that you run comfortably in – one that you put on and forget about. Get beyond brand marketing, the salesperson’s prejudices or preconceptions, the running store’s limited selection and find the pair of running shoes that feel comfortable to you when you are running. No, this is not easy, yes you will try many running shoes and spend lots of money, before you find the style of running shoes that allow you to run comfortably.
Always read any running shoe review with a grain of salt and a critical eye. Remember that I’m less than 130 pounds and a relatively efficient runner. While I used to be injury-prone I’ve only had a single injury in five years. These factors allow me to run in many types of running shoes without too many problems.
Bottom line: experiment, test, try as many different types and styles of shoe as possible. And read lots of running shoe reviews so you know what other runners think of the popular models available today!