10 Best Pairs of Shoes for Long Distance Running for Men 2020 – menshealth.com

10 Best Pairs of Shoes for Long Distance Running for Men 2020  menshealth.com

Long distance runners are the hard core mile junkies of the fitness world—whether they’re running marathons, ultra marathons, or… running for 5 hours, 21 minute and 23 seconds while juggling, they put their body through the ringer as they rack up miles. Which is why it’s crucial for them to have the proper running shoes. Picking the right ones takes some background knowledge.

“There are likely a variety of shoe types and brands that will work well for a runner. As long as you can avoid the wrong pair of shoes, then you’ll be set to tackle all the mileage you desire,” says Blake Dircksen PT, DPT, CSCS, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Bespoke Treatments.

Dircksen recommends rotating through at least 2 different pairs of shoes, each of a different make-up (heel-toe drop, stack height, foam density, weight, etc.), to ensure that you’re not loading the body in the same way, step after step.

“After hundreds of miles, that repetitive stress to the body can lead to some overuse injuries, and rotating shoes is an easy way to combat that,” says Dircksen.

When it comes to choosing the type of shoes to rotate, you should keep these tips in mind when choosing each pair.

“Your everyday trainers, which you’ll do the bulk of your mileage in, should be robust enough to handle the loads of daily training. These are the majority of the shoes you’ll find in a store—built for many miles ahead,” says Dircksen. “Other shoes you’ll come across are faster, more aggressive shoes for workouts or races. These more aggressive shoes aren’t built for the high mileage loads that your every-day trainers are.”

While rotating your shoes will help you remain injury-free while long distance running, at some point you should toss them.

“It’s generally recommended to get new running shoes after about 350 miles. This can change based on the shoe’s durability, what type of shoe it is (racing flat vs. an everyday trainer), or just the makeup of that particular shoe—some just last longer than others,” says Dircksen. “If you feel like your shoes have ‘gone flat’, then it’s probably time for a change.”

Picking The Right Shoes For Long Distance Running

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Having a good shoe is important to ensure that you can go through training while minimizing injury risk as much as possible. However finding the right shoe won’t by itself prevent injury from occurring.

“It takes smart, consistent, and progressive training over time to be strong enough to handle the demands of running,” says Dircksen. “You won’t find any bad shoes in a running store, but some are going to be better, for you, than others. Try them on, feel them out, talk with the store rep to see if they’re a good fit.”

Here are six other tips to help you pick the right ones.

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Tip 1: Make sure it’s wide enough.
“Make sure the shoe is wide enough to accommodate your foot. Your feet will splay out when striking the ground, so you’ll want a little width to accommodate for that,” says Dircksen. “One way to check this is by taking out the shoe insert and stepping on it. If your foot spills over the side, the shoe might be too narrow. Most stores will have a wide version of the shoe. “

Tip 2: Find the right level of cushion at the right weight.
“One of the factors that I consider very high up in my decision making process when choosing a shoe for long runs is the ratio of cushion to weight. I love highly cushioned shoes for long runs because I feel it helps keep my legs feeling a bit fresher in the day(s) after, but I also don’t want something that feels particularly heavy (things start to feel exponentially heavier near the end of a super long run),” says Steve Crnic, General Manager at Brooklyn Running Company. “As such, it’s important to find a shoe that strikes that balance well between something that’s cushioned and supportive, but also light enough to not feel like it’s holding you back.”

Tip 3: Size up.
“One thing most people might not consider when choosing a long run shoe is that your feet will tend to swell the longer you’re running, and so it’s important to have a bit of space between your toes and the end of the shoe,” says Crnic. “You’ll want at least a half thumbnail of extra space when you first put the shoes on in order to account for that possible swelling to avoid potentially losing a toenail. For most people, I’d recommend going half a size up in your running shoe to give you a bit more room to work with, particularly when you’re picking up a shoe to do your long runs in.

Tip 4: Give plated shoes a try.
“A big thing in shoe technology right now is to use ‘plates’—harder materials like nylon or carbon fiber—within the midsole of a shoe to help runners’ transition phase be a little quicker and more stable. Basically, the plate stiffens up the ride of the shoe, and so your feet and legs have to do a little less work to create the springing effect you need to get into your next step,” says Crnic. “Plates can be super fun to work with because in a sense, they do make running quite a bit easier, and you may be able to run a little farther or faster while using one. However, just know that it can also be helpful to have more flexible footwear also in your rotation, as the stiff ride of plated shoes can be a little too aggressive for everyday wear.”

Tip 5: Choose a good sock.
“You will greatly minimize your risk of getting blisters if you wear running socks, especially on days where you’re running for a longer period of time,” says Crnic. “I highly recommend those from Balega or Feetures, as they’re well made, durable, and will wick moisture from your feet to help prevent blisters from developing. They’re also well engineered to fit over different parts of your foot, so they hug your feet in all the right places, and some will even provide additional cushioning.”

Tip 6: Comfort is king.
“If you’re planning on logging lots of miles ahead (or even if you aren’t), finding a shoe that feels right is one of the best ways to gauge fit,” says Dircksen. “Make sure there isn’t any tightness or rubbing, make sure the heel and upper are snug.”

The Best Shoes for Long Distance Running

Here are 10 pairs of running shoes that are great options for long distance running. These selections are all road shoes, importantly—so if you’re looking to take on a rugged off-road race, check out , too.

Nike Zoom Fly 3

Nike Zoom Fly 3

Nike nike.com

$160.00

“These shoes have a plate within the midsole, which again helps with a little bit of a rocking effect. These shoes just feel fast and propulsive, and are perfect for the days where you want to get out and push the pace a bit,” says Crnic.

On Cloudstratus

Cloudstratus

on running on-running.com

$169.99

“This shoe has all the essentials of a good long run shoe in a super lightweight, minimal feeling package,” says Crnic. “It’s got a double layer of On’s cloud pods underneath to provide ample cushioning, and their speedboard technology helps provide a springy, responsive ride.”

New Balance 1080v10

Fresh Foam 1080v10

New Balance newbalance.com

$149.99

“This shoe is one of the softest shoes available on the market, and yet New Balance’s Fresh Foam X also provides quite a bit of springiness, creating a great balance between something that’s soft and squishy but that also helps you maintain your turnover,” says Crnic. “It’s also got a super stretchy upper that feels great around the foot.”

Asics GEL-Nimbus Lite

GEL-NIMBUS LITE

ASICS asics.com

$119.95

“Similar to the New Balance 1080, the Gel Nimbus Lite strikes that same balance of being squishy, yet responsive,” says Crnic. “It’s also got a full rubber outsole which some shoes these days lack (rubber is pretty heavy, so they strip some of it out to minimize weight) so it’s got very good grip as well, so they’re also a great shoe for days when the roads might be a little wet.”

Hoka Clifton 7

HOKA ONE ONE Men’s Clifton 7 Running Shoes [Shoe size : 14.0; Shoe Width : Medium/D]

Hoka One One dickssportinggoods.com

$129.99

“This is an amazing shoe for long runs. It’s super cushy and padded, but still maintains a smooth, quick transition due to Hoka’s Meta-Rocker technology,” says Crnic. “It fits well and putting it on makes you feel ready to take on the roads for as far as you feel like going.”
Brooks Bedlam 3

Bedlam 3

Brooks brooksrunning.com

$110,343.00

“The Bedlam has a firmer ride than most of the shoes above, but I love how springy and energizing they are to run in. Every step does feel like it propels you into the next, and it really feels like you can pick up the pace at any given moment,” says Crnic. “Brooks uses a lightweight knit material for the upper which holds up quite well and is comfortable, and again, has that full rubber outsole underneath. This shoe also has guide rails on the sides of the midsole, so it will provide more stability for those who tend to pronate a bit while running.”

Saucony Endorphin Shift

Men’s Endorphin Shift

Saucony saucony.com

$140.00

The Shift is ultra-cushioned and features an underfoot technology called “Speedroll” that helps propel your heel strike to toe off, and offers additional support from its structured FORMFIT to guide your feet form with each stride.

Mizuno Wave Rider 24 WAVEKNIT

Men’s Wave Rider 24 WAVEKNIT™ Running Shoe

Mizuno mizunousa.com

$130.00

These Mizuno’s offer a super cushioned ride thanks to its dual compound midsole using U4ic thick and Enerzy cushioning, a wedge of foam in the heel, to keep your feet fully supported.

adidas Ultraboost 20

Ultraboost 20 Shoes

adidas adidas.com

$44.00

The latest Ultraboosts have the classic Boost cushioning and knitted uppers that have Tailored Fiber Placement, different densities to keep you foot in place as your stride.

Newton Motion 9

Newton Running Motion 9

Newton Running amazon.com

These 3-D designed air-mesh shoes come with Newton’s full foot cushioning that includes a 2nd density medial support as well as tactical flex grooves for smooth foot motion as you log your miles.

Emily Shiffer is a former digital web producer for Men’s Health and Prevention, and is currently a freelancer writer specializing in health, weight loss, and fitness.

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