Today’s story is about long distance running shoes – yup, that’s right, just like relationships,
long distance running requires that extra level of detail and attention – and choosing the right pair can make the difference.
For today’s review I’ve met with my dear friend Gabriela, she has a clinic downtown and she’s one of the most successful podiatrists I know of.
Our key points here, when we talk about long distance running shoes – are
- Comfort – You don’t want to find out your pair is not suitable for running, especially not 5 miles after you’ve started
- Lightweight footprint – A light shoe will have less of an impact and can cause less fatigue down the road
- Perfect form – Form is king, a great fit will help your feet
Considering those values, we head downtown to corner stores and asked their help as well – to come down
and give you this fine-tuned list of the best shoes for long distance running.
Most Awesome Long Distance Running Shoes Out There
I have dozens of running shoes and have shoes from most brands. I have the original energy boost’s that came out in spring 2013. The boost foam is the real deal and IMO exceeds all other eva foam. The response boosts are just a step below the energy boosts as they have a bit less “boost” thickness and coverage. Buildwise though they are comparable and I actually think they are a very good deal as they can be found much cheaper than the energy boosts.I usually wear a 11.5 in merrell and mizuno. Size 12 in everything else except nike where I am a 12.5. I got the energy boosts in a 12.5 based on an early recommendation to size up due to the constriction of the techfit upper and they were fine. I went 12.5 in the response boosts but probably could have gone my normal 12.The heel boost is enough to notice, meaning there is a little boost bounce there, and cushion The forefoot not so much and feels normal. Good rubber tread through out the bottom. I am 6’3″ 215lbs and these have plenty of cushion for me. With the boosts I think the faster you run the better it works. 2 things stand out with the boosts. One is that it lasts longer and doesn’t compress as much over time. Secondly, and I can attest to this, the boost remains consitant over wide temps. I live in MN and when it gets cold eva foam hardens up and I can notice at my size. The boost does not. It also doesnt soften up in the heat as much.
I normally run in Saucony Virattas, which is Saucony’s zero drop, 7oz “minimalist” trainer…after ramping up my weekly mileage from 30 per week to 40-50 per week the last few months, I was starting to get some chronic calf soreness that just wouldn’t go away no matter what I tried: taking more rest days, using a foam roller as well as a massage stick, etc.So finally I broke down and decided to try something plusher, figuring that at the current fifty dollar price it was a worthwhile experiment. The Ride 6 is 3oz heavier and has an 8mm heel…still lower than the traditional 12-13mm heel height found in shoes like the Saucony Hurricane, Brooks Glycerin, or Asics Gel Cumulus. This shoe reminds me of the much-beloved Brooks Launch, which I ran my second marathon in, about 5 years ago…little or no ground feel but super flexible enough to provide a very smooth and forgiving ride, with a nice sturdy carbon rubber outsole instead of the lighter weight foam outsole found in shoes like the Viratta and Kinvara.Ran 12 miles with them straight out of the box, I have to say that the first six felt like I was running on air springs…felt totally spoiled not having to use my own calf/Achilles for the propulsion/lift-off phase, each step did feel almost effortless! The wider outsole and heavier weight created a reassuringly stable feeling, although it was also obvious to me that sustaining high speeds using a higher cadence (as opposed to longer strides, which these shoes are very good at) would be much more difficult in the Ride than the Virrata, and doing any long steep uphills would likely be NOT fun at all in these.So, I plan to cycle the Ride into my shoe rotation for easy/recovery days and for bi-monthly long runs of 15-25 miles. Will keep using the Viratta for speed intervals, tempo runs, hill repeats, Tabata sprints, and fartleks. We’ll see if my calf and especially Achilles, approve…update in a few weeks/months.
I have been a regular exerciser since 1996. Heaven knows, I have owned MANY pairs of workout shoes in that time. Typically workout shoes last me anywhere from three to six months, with a schedule of working out forty to sixty-five minutes a day, six to seven days a week consistently. I’ve had many good pairs of shoes, and many awful ones. The best pairs of shoes I’ve owned (either for workout or wear-a-day) have ALWAYS come from Saucony. Obviously, one cannot wear sneakers all the time in life, but I wear these when I can get away with it! Not only are they designed to keep your feet breathing (thanks to the mesh upper in most of their designs), but they are always fashionable in looks, and feel good on from the second that they are taken out of the box. Very rarely have I ever experienced the need to “break in” Saucony shoes. This is not true for the New Balance brand with me, as a comparison in workout shoes. While initially Saucony shoes can cost a bit more money than some other sneakers out there, this brand consistently tends to wear out much less quickly than others, at least in my case. Workout shoes almost consistently follow the rule that you get what you pay for, especially if you have anything but a completely pain-free body, no injury history, and perfect feet.My stats (for you to compare your stats to mine, seeing how these shoes might work for you): I wear a size 11W, and this is my true size in every shoe that I have ever worn since I was a teenager. I have average-sized ankles for a full-figured woman; I’d say about they’re about 10″ around. I am plus-sized, so I require some padding in my shoes to keep my feet, joints, and lower back happy. Yet I am big enough that I definitely do not want extra heft in my shoe- and it can be tough to find the right shoe meeting those two conditions. I have problems with under-pronating (supination)- evidenced by the fact that I always wear the outside tread of my shoes out before any other part of the tread. I have an average instep, and my arches are basically normal, with a little bit of tendency towards flat feet (especially if I’m stuck wearing low-quality shoes, like for a friend’s wedding…)My point is that I know if the shoes are right for me IF they give me a spring in my step. These definitely achieve that goal! Before I switched to supination-correcting shoes, I had really given up on high-intensity exercise. But I do brisk walking, aerobics (both floor and step), plyometric exercises (jumps and high-impact moves, but in moderation), light-to-moderate strength-training, lots of floor-based exercises for the abdominals/core/spinal erector/glutes/hips/thighs/, some Pilates, some Yoga, and lots of athletic stretches. So in other words, I need a combination of stability AND flexibility in my shoes. I need something that will flex when I do lunges, but won’t make me wobble when I require extra balance, such as when I’m doing high-step aerobics. This shoe is amazing in that it allows for both of these requirements to be met! And they are lightweight. Honestly, it’s like “barefoot, but better”. I never feel like these shoes are “in my way”, adding weight and too much motion control to get full range-of-motion in exercises. For the daily exerciser, they know how important this is!They are also great as day-to-day shoes. I walk so much faster in them than I do even my other sneakers. I spent an eight-hour day recently touring NW Washington, D.C. (mostly on foot), pounding the concrete as I toured the city, climbing steps to get in, on, and out of the Metro a zillion times. I took the long trip past the Navy’s Memorial Fountain, the National Lawn, walking up the National Gallery steps and around its marble floors towards the end of the day. Yet I felt great all day and into the night, and had no fatigue or pain the next day, either! I had very severe knee problems at one point, and I can tell you that these are fantastic if you have those problems in your history.A hint that may help in doing exercise shoe-shopping: Do not automatically buy shoes labeled for flat feet or high arches, if you have either of those problems. Instead, look at the tread of a pair of your well-worn shoes. If they are shoes related to the activity you’re buying a new pair for, all the better. My tip is to remember that your arch type is only a part of the equation in shoe-shopping. If you wear out the inner tread of shoes, then you’ll likely need motion control to move more safely, and will probably need a shoe designed for over-pronators. But here’s the thing to watch out for…Many times it is the standard recommendation to buy shoes for over-pronation automatically, if one has flat feet. I took that advice for years at face value, and doing so slowed down my workouts, and was hard on my knees and back. I was doing the exact opposite of what I needed, as despite being flat-footed to a degree, I am actually a supinator. The tread on my shoes was the clue. (Although it must be stated that I’ve regained my arches significantly through losing a lot of weight and by doing exercises/stretches to strengthen and regain normal arches.) While supination is allegedly more common in people with high arches and/or very high insteps, don’t automatically assume that you need the kind of motion control which shoes for over-pronators are often designed for. Regardless of your type of foot- look at the tread. Everything starts with the feet- the wrong shoes lead to ankle, knee, back, and foot problems. No one needs MORE wear and tear on their body! :)Once I addressed my true issue- supination- I FINALLY found the shoes that give me the spring in my step needed! I could finally do the high-impact aerobics, running in place, jumping jacks, deeper lunges, deeper squats, tall-box climbs, and plyometric jumps without feeling pain in the knees and/or lower back. It was also more comfortable for my feet. If you do the type of workouts that I do, you probably need a shoe with a lot of flexibility- almost like being barefoot- but cannot take the “barefoot shoes” currently in vogue due to high-impact movements. Some people do well with the “barefoot shoes”, but my shoe size, body type, and level of physical activity make wearing those type of shoes less-than-ideal. So this sneaker is a godsend to me! I love to exercise, and these make that easier and more enjoyable. Saucony excels in giving me a flexible, supportive, strong shoe with good looks, and just enough motion control that I never feel like I’m losing my balance in them. It was so important to my body, that it actually lessened the fatigue I felt post-workout to invest in these shoes! I work harder than ever in my workouts, but experience far less achiness from my workouts since wearing these shoes. They are truly awesome! I hope that anyone who buys these has the same wonderful experience with them.To the Saucony Co.- PLEASE expand your availability of this shoe in the various colors for ladies like me with wide feet! 11W is now a very common shoe size. I would buy a pair of these in every color if I could, but you only make one color available to me in that size. And keep your best shoes (like these!) available for purchase. Please don’t change these- they rock!
Bought these 295’s now for the sale price, but with the mesh forefoot top won’t be wearing them for long hours until the weather warms as its still winter here in northern Nevada. Wearing them around home for two hours the fit is as expected and very similar to my other inov-8 mens shoes, especially in the front third as this is the Standard [wide] model giving my toes wiggle room. This model seems to have sufficient support with a continuous band running around the entire shoe to give some rigidity to the top, more so than my inov-8 240 model for comparison. Outer sole cleated design appears the same as my Roclite 282 model which is great for me as I like the grip on wet/dry pavement and in sand and scrub. Construction seems perfect, no glue gaps of other obvious flaws.I feel it is only fair to point out as I have on other reviews of inov-8 shoes that I am not a runner, so I’m not giving these running shoes the workout they were designed for, but I do use them for walking almost daily on unpaved trail terrain in the northern Nevada high desert [and also on pavement] and the Roclite models have worked very well for me in all weather.Five stars so far and if flaws develop I’ll post here and explain.Konrad.
I don’t know much about track shoes as my son is the first in the house to participate in the sport (runs 800 and 1600). I was just happy to find a pair of spikes that came in his size that didn’t cost a ton. He wears a 2, but I ordered the 3 and it ended up fitting fine (not snug, but not too loose either). His coach was happy with them. They are light weight and have held up well so far this season. While they most likely will not fit next season, but they look like they could hold up fine for another child on his team to use. The product photos here are accurate and the shoe looks exactly like that. The shoes come with spikes and a wrench.
Wife likes them a lot.
I use this shoe as a walking shoe, not a running shoe. I wore them the first day for 8 hours and didn’t experience any pinching, rubbing or blistering. They’re really quite comfortable. Based on the previous reviews, I ordered a half size larger and I’m glad I did. I have a narrow foot and high arches so the arch support for me in any shoe is not sufficient. I don’t feel this shoe has any less arch support than my Merrils or Sketchers. I didn’t change the inside sole like other’s have and don’t feel the need to. The color is definitely a bright fluorescent salmon… just so you know.I like the way this shoe looks on my foot and enjoy how comfortable it is to wear all day… again, walking, not running.
Got it for my son and ran anchor for 4 x 200 … Another runner spike on his foot when he made a move for the inside lane. Ripped thru the shoes. He loved it it was super light and traction was great. His season might be over due to stitches but I’m buy another pair.
These shoes are amazing! They fit very comfortably and give me support while allowing my feet to breathe. They are snug but not too tight. I had stepped on a toothpick the day before getting these shoes. It really hurt to walk, but I had to partake in an event the next day that required a lot of walking. These shoes saved the day! I had heard about Inov-8 from a fellow fitness friend, who had highly recommended them. I had been waiting for over a year to purchase the shoes because of how expensive they are. When they went on a lightening deal, it was a no brainer! Worth the wait!
Very comfortable shoes. These are the best shoes for high impact arobics. Extremely happy with these shoes. Great for turbo fire. Maybe not the best shoe for side to side but they are the first pair of shoes I’ve ever bought that don’t kill the balls of feet during turbo fire. All the crosstrain shoes killed my feet as there was nothing to absorb the sbock from jumping. They are wonderful when I jog. They seem to help me run easier! Fit was true to size. I can’t say enough about how much I like these shoes. LOVE EM.
We’ve seen some great shoes and I’m sure you’ll find a great pair within the list above.
To give you an extra direction, I would like to point you to some useful resources for long distance running:
/r/Running – A great place to share running techniques, short or long distance, it’s on of the best communities out there.
/r/advancedrunning – This is a great place if you are a running enthusiast – learn from pros and share your knowledge with others.
/r/firstmarathon – If you are training for your first marathon – it’s a great place to start, meet fellow runners, learn and share tips.
/r/Ultramarathon – Share recommended gear, places to train, and meet marathon enthusiasts.
Runner’s world Marathon – One of the largest marathon enthusiast communities, you ought to check it out!
I hope you had a lovely read, have a great day – see you on our next review!