It’s important to find a shoe that fits comfortably–think snug in the midfoot and heel, but roomy in the toe box.
When thinking about beginner running shoes, we like to focus on a versatile shoe that can do a little bit of everything, from long runs to speedwork. Even if you may not be thinking about building mileage or adding intervals just yet, it’s nice to be able to wear one shoe for all your miles.
More experienced runners may have a variety of shoes, called a shoe rotation. Rotating your shoes helps each pair bounce back after every run—similar to how your muscles need time to bounce back. Having multiple shoes in your rotation also allows you to choose different shoes, similar to how a golfer has a club for driving, one for putting, and another for getting out of those pesky sand traps. But alas, all shoe rotations start with that first shoe that’s both comfortable and versatile.
The last thing we consider for beginner running shoes is the price point. It’s important to invest in a quality pair of shoes...but because running hasn’t consumed your soul just yet, why break the bank? When you’re just starting out, you don’t need to focus on carbon plates, weight savings or fancy foams that typically come at a higher price point.
Now that you know what makes a good beginner running shoe, let’s dive in!