If you have looked into getting a new pair of running shoes recently, you will have seen just how many brands offer extensive ranges of shoes for you to choose from. Some of the shoes from different brands will look fairly similar, but is there much of a difference between them all when it comes to actually wearing and running in them?
The reality is that some brands will be much better suited to your feet and the style of running you do. It is just the way that some brands make their shoes that will fit your own feet that little bit better than another brand. There is no one ‘right’ brand for everyone, as everybody has different shape feet, and different running styles too.
While a lot of people tend to think that the more they spend on a pair of running shoes, the better they will be, this is certainly not the case. While the quality of the more expensive shoes and brands is often very high, they may not be the best fit for you.
On the other side of the coin, the more expensive brands may be the perfect shoe for you. The way a shoe molds itself to the shape of your feet is going to be extremely important for you, as it will mean the difference between a comfortable fitting shoe or a shoe that does not fir so well and hinders your running ability.
Here are some of the brands that offer a wide range of running shoes, and may have the perfect shape and design for your feet, and the type of running that you do. These brands offer running shoes of all kinds, and in a wide range of budget constraints too.
While New Balance are certainly not a new brand (they were founded in 1906), they have certainly become one of the most popular running shoe brands in more recent times. The reason for their up-turn in recent times is down to their innovative and varied shoe designs. When you look at their extensive range, and see shoes such as the Fresh Foam 980, you will see just how innovative and detailed their shoe designs are.
New Balance is another brand that has really built up a solid customer base around the world in the last few years. They have done this by producing really good quality shoes that suit a lot of runner’s feet perfectly. They produce durable shoes that are also lightweight and allow your feet to breathe, which is essential when running or walking any distance at all.
With a massive range of men’s and women’s running shoes, the New Balance range offers shoes for all types of runners. They are comfortable shoes, so if you just want a nice pair to walk around the park in, or down to the shops every day, then these are great.
But if you are a more serious runner, then you are also going to find the comfort you need in the NB shoes. The New Balance 750 is just one example of their modern style and durable build. They are also very affordable, and offer a lot of value for money.
Asics are another brand that have been around for a long time (founded in 1949), but have really become more prominent in the market over the last 10 years or so. They also have a very extensive range of running shoes available, and they offer them at very affordable prices. They have really developed some exceptional running shoes, and models such as the Gel Electro 33 really show what they are capable of.
Asics have really risen to the challenge of the competing in a market that is largely dominated by household names such as Nike and Adidas. They have put a lot of money, time and effort into their research and development, and have a really good understanding of how to create a solid running shoe that really provides a lot of comfort and stability for the wearer.
The Asics brand make running shoes for men and women, and they have a wide range of styles. If you prefer a more subtle style, with minimal coloring and patterned design, then they have a lot like this. They also have some really bright and colorful shoes, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, then these would be a good choice. The Asics Gel Blur33 2.0, Asics Gel Speedstar 5 and Asics Gel Strike 3 are just three of their popular running shoe options.
Brooks make all kinds of sports equipment, and their range of running shoes has increased significantly over the years. Another very experienced brand, being founded in 1914, they certainly have a very good understanding of the marketplace, and they have continued to innovate in their shoe designs. Shoes like the Brooks Trance 12 are modern and comfortable, and go a long way to optimizing a runner’s ability.
Another brand with over 100 years of experience (founded in 1898), Saucony have produced some really high quality running shoes in recent times. Their new Mirage 4 running shoe is the epitome quality and innovation at an affordable price. They do have a wide range of running shoes for both men and women and are certainly a very good brand option to consider.
These are just some of the Brands around today that offer a wide range of running shoes in all styles, shapes and sizes. Read some of the reviews on this site to find out more about the brands and specific models of shoes that they offer, and see which one you feel is best suited for you.
Another more modern day brand, K-Swiss have become very fashionable in recent years, and their wide range of running shoes is used by both serious runners and the casual wearer too. They offer some really stylish designs that catch the eye. But they are more than just good looks, and they produce some excellent shoes that use innovative technology to provide optimum performance capabilities.
A look at the K-Swiss Tubes Run 100 will demonstrate the innovative designs they have, and their ability to create something new and different that also has the comfort and stability that runners need. The K-Swiss shoes are generally very light to wear and come in a wide range of colors and styles to cater for all tastes.
These are just three of the modern day brands that provide excellent quality running shoes. But there are so many other good quality brands that deserve a mention too. You should always consider the established giants in this market, Nike and Adidas. They both have a massive range of running shoes that will suit all tastes and budgets.
Then there are other brands such as Puma and Saucony that make excellent shoes too. You should be able to find the running shoe that is perfect for your feet in amongst this list of established brands. They are all competitive with their pricing, and they all keep raising the bar with the new designs and quality they continue to provide in their shoes.
I’m Martin the Runner! Running is my Fitness Hobby but what I love more is helping other people discover they’re capable of running too.