Once upon a prophecy, God granted man legs so that he could run. In today’s world we say that if you’re going to do it, do it with haste and unwavering precision.
The running crowd is no doubt a different breed of athlete who take their pavement pounding seriously. Choosing the right shoe to get the job done can therefore be near-impossible based on individual feel, running style, running environment and foot shape.
Regardless, for those who need some help in this department we’ve compiled a list of the best running shoes for men today. Bear in mind these are neutral running shoes meaning that they’re cushioned and form the standard for serious running shoes. If you’re getting into the sport of running, these are the ones you need to look at.
In the world of fashionable sneakers Asics might not be quite up there with the Ultraboosts and Yeezys, but when you’re talking about competitive running the Asics name absolutely dominates this segment. One of their latest and most innovative running shoes to date is the Dynaflyte, a technological marvel in running shoes which boasts substantial cushioning in a lightweight silhouette. This is no gimmick either as it took the ASICS Institute of Sports Science three years to develop alongside 300 individual prototypes to finally come to the DynaFlyte. Much of the cushioning and responsiveness can be attributed to Asics’ use of the full-length of FlyteFoam material across the midsole for maximum effectiveness. It’s not cheap but you can guarantee it’ll get the job done.
Mizuno Wave Rider 20
Mizuno is another long-established name in the running game. Boasting an astonishing list of seven technology concepts developed by Mizuno alongside 20 years of refinement, the Wave Rider 20 delivers unrivalled ability in smoothness and soft cushioning for a neutral shoe. Like the Asics, it’s also about feedback and responsiveness and the shoe provides it in spades. Be sure to try it on to make sure it suits your feet and style of running.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V3
The sport of running doesn’t need look like a tech race for shoes. New Balance have proven their ability on the pavement and continue to merge that talent with sneaker styles from the 70s and 80s. The result is the Fresh Foam Zante v3, an intrinsically technical and lightweight running shoe which boasts clean and vintage looks. On the specsheet is an aggressive toe spring for rapid response whilst a comfortable no-sew material application ensures a sleek fit. Run fast, look good. What more does a runner need?
Brooks Glycerin 14
The Brooks Glycerin 14 is a gift specifically for neutral runners who partake in urban running of all forms. Ultra soft cushioning is maintained via the brand’s Super DNA midsole whilst the high quality construction of the upper shows off its 3D Stretch Print for both adaptive fit and comfort. Again it’s not the cheapest but bear in mind you’re paying for performance and reliability here.
Saucony Kinvara 7
Those looking for the perfect running shoe without breaking the bank can give the proven Kinvara 7 a shot. Saucony have designed the shoe with its proprietary EVERUN treatment in the heel which delivers supreme comfort without compromising lightness. This weight saving mission if further aided by the lightweight FLEXFILM in the upper which provides a durable and flexible fit.
La Sportiva Bushido
Most might not have heard of this brand but rest assured La Sportiva has been pushing the boundaries of the outdoor apparel segment for almost a century. Starting operations in 1928 in Italy supplying mountaineering boots for soldiers, La Sportiva has since expanded into hiking, climbing and running shoes. One of their most coveted models is the Bushido, a neutral, stable, lightweight, sticky and aggressive shoe made for mountain running and technical terrain. The moment you pick up the shoe you’ll know it’s a La Sportiva from the high quality construction and lightness.
Nike LunarEpic Flyknit
Nike’s latest entry into the future of running looks as innovative as it performs. The Lunarepic Flyknit brings together some of Nike’s most successful concepts into one shoe. The silhouette is made for neutral distance runners and features the signature lightweight Flyknit upper which allows for adaptive fit and breathability. The proprietary Lunarlon sole is where the magic happens for runners though with a high cushion rate dispersing shock efficiently to provide a smooth run that can glide for kilometres.
Adidas Supernova Glide 9
The next revolution in Adidas’ serious running shoe is here and it’s not the Ultraboost or a goddamn Yeezy. The German brand’s Supernova Glide 9 is where serious runners after a neutral running shoe should start. The Boost midsole is combined with a flexible STRETCHWEB outsole to provide seamless responsiveness and an energy returning ride over long distances. The added Torsion system between the heel and forefoot ensures stability is also achieved. More importantly though it’s cheaper than the Ultraboost and Yeezy clones whilst being a true performer.