There are so many types of men's running shoes out there from dozens of major brands. So how do you choose the right running shoes for you?
It starts with the fit. All running shoes for men should be comfortable first. If they're not comfortable when you try them on, stand and walk, they won't get more comfortable when you start running—that will only make it worse.
To find the most comfortable men's running shoes, look for a few things:
- Length. Check to make sure you have the right length. There should be a thumb's width of space between the end of your big toe and the front of your shoe.
- Width. Like length, you need to check that your shoes are the proper width. If your foot is stretching the fabric upper and spilling over the sides of the shoe, it's too narrow; likewise, if you have a lot of room to move side to side, it's too wide. Fleet Feet sells men's running shoes in a variety of widths to make sure you find the right fit.
- Heel. Running shoes should lock your heel into place. While wearing the shoes, walk around or go for a short test run. If you feel your heel slipping up and down when you go through your gait, either try on a different pair or try lacing your shoes differently.
To find every runner the right shoes, Fleet Feet uses a unique fit process that includes 3D foot scanning and one-on-one advice from an expert. Find a Fleet Feet location near you to get started.
Once you know how running shoes should fit, you can figure out what kind of men's running shoes you need. Staying on pavement? Need some stability? There are different types of men's running shoes for all occasions.
The main types of running shoes for men include:
Men's running shoes also come in smaller categories tuned specifically for sports, like track and cross country.