What is the best running shoe or cross-trainer for you? Depends on many factors and you need to ask yourself a few questions first. It would be easy to outfit every foot in the world with running shoes for men if every athlete’s feet were exactly the same. Since every foot is different, and every runner or athlete is different, it goes without saying that you need to get the shoe that is just right for you.
Finding the high performance running shoes does not have to be difficult, but you need to ask yourself some questions. What kind of sport you do, where you workout, how many times a week, your age, your relative health, your level of fitness, your dedication to working out, all of these factors come into play when picking out the right running shoes.
Have you lost weight? Are you recovering from a disability? Are you training for the Olympics? This last one is just pie in the sky imagination. If you’re from a backward and poor isolated country, if you are competing for an Olympic medal you will have had your shoes selected for you by a team of scientist, that is unless you are from Kenya and run barefoot. Finding the best running footwear need not be that difficult.
If you are an average American man somewhere between 34 and 56 years of age and you are selecting your running shoes for your early morning jog around the park, then you can probably just go to your local Foot Locker and pick out a pair of Reeboks or Nikes that fit your feet. However, if you’re looking to save money (and who isn’t these days) you can get some of the very same name brand running shoes for women or men at discounters like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, or your neighborhood facsimile to these stores.
Those superstores have gigantic aisles upon aisles of great running and training footwear for you to choose from. It can be hard coming across your size at these places but if you don’t mind the crowd and have some patience, then you could purchase smart bargains. Marshalls, for instance, carries Nikes, New Balance and even some Reeboks, among other off-brands. They also have a nice selection of hiking sandals. Even BJ’s Warehouse has some great shoe bargains, however a light brand selection.
When it comes to running shoes for men, it is all about comfort. I find that the most comfortable shoes are those without back handles because I have found that this cloth handle hits my Achilles every time due to my foot’s shape. If you have a club foot you may want to shop somewhere else. Those with fallen arches may want to consult your foot doctor first or get prescription insoles.