Best Running Shoes 2019

It’s spring – time to chase away the winter blues and begin logging some miles outdoors. But before you dash outside, make sure your running shoes are still up to par. If you’ve spent the winter months running on a treadmill, it could be time to invest in a new pair. We’ve helped narrow down your options with a list of the best running shoes for both men and women. So go ahead, peruse the list and take your pick.

1. Asics® GEL-Kayano 25

Asics GEL-Kayano 25
  • Shoe Type: Stability
  • Arch Type: Flat
  • Designed For: Long Road Runs

First up is a lightweight option from Asics®. This GEL-cushioned shoe will minimize the strain of impact on your joints allowing you to enjoy the fresh spring air pain-free. Featuring a stretch-mesh upper and an inner elastic sleeve for foot flexibility and enhanced comfort, the shoe also offers stability with an external heel counter and enhanced rubber for the outsole.

2. Nike Free RN (Flyknit® 3.0, 5.0)

Nike Free RN
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: High
  • Designed For: Short Road Runs

If you’re a fan of minimalistic running shoes, these Free RNs might be perfect for you. These shoes are designed with less foam in the midsole, bootie construction, and anatomically correct cushioning pads and grooves on the bottom to help your feet naturally flex while running.

The difference between the 5.0 and 3.0 is simple: it’s the drop from heel to toe (6mm in the 5.0 compared to 4mm in the 3.0). If you picture a ten-point scale with number one representing running with no shoes and number 10 representing running with an average running shoe, the 5.0 hits smack in the middle of that scale while the 3.0 falls a bit closer to the barefoot feel.

If you think all running shoes are the same, think again.

3. HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 5 Knit

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 5 Knit
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: High
  • Designed For: Road Running

After running you should be filled with endorphins, not regret. If you struggle to find shoes that feel good while you run, give these a try. The Clifton 5 Knit features a Meta-Rocker midsole design which means that the way it’s sculpted gives it a rocking-chair effect to encourage a natural running gait.

With comfort at its core and a knitted upper for breathability, this shoe will rock your world.

4. Saucony Freedom ISO 2

Saucony Freedom ISO 2
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Designed For: Road or Track Running

With this running shoe, nothing can stop you! The Freedom ISO 2 lets you set your own terms. Enjoy a comfortable run wherever, whenever. There are no restrictions.

The performance knit material gives your foot the perfect streamlined design while enhancing breathability and comfort. EVERUNTM cushioning gives a responsive cushion to the midsole, and flexible rubber outsole gives durable support.

5. Brooks Glycerin 17

Brooks Glycerin 17
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Designed For: Road Running

The Glycerin 17 is a distance running shoe meant to make the miles easy. The mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology enhance the shoe to give the perfect fit for your foot. The DNA LOFT cushioning creates a durable, responsive sole. And an internal stretch bootie keeps your foot secure and comfortable during your run.

Don’t take our word for it. Find out why 2018 Boston Marathon winner, Desiree Linden, trusts Brooks Glycerin shoes to help her find success on the course.

For all your running needs and to view a larger selection of running shoes, visit eastbay.com.

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