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Men's Running Shoes
No matter how far or fast you're running, the key to picking the best running shoes for men is knowing what styles fit your foot and gait. Try on shoes from a wide variety of brands, testing each for comfort and stability. Each brand has its own fit, meaning you could wear a size 11 in Adidas running shoes and a 12 in New Balance running shoes. Remember, it's common to have multiple pairs for different terrain and distances. Use this guide to choosing the best running shoes, then get outside and start running.
Types of Running Shoes
- Trail Running: Are you a man of the woods? Sprint into the trees with burly trail running shoes built to tackle roots, rocks, and mud as you climb and descend on off-road runs. Expect a heavy-duty lugged outsole to grip and cruise over your chosen terrain plus underfoot rock plates that protect your feet from damage.
- Long Distance: When you're running far, you'll want a pair that can withstand the miles. Choose stable shoes with enough cushioning to prevent joint damage and blistering along the way. Use these heavier cushioned shoes on long training runs to make the distance feel easier on your legs.
- Road Running: Designed for pavement and occasional packed surface use, road running shoes cushion your landing on hard, even surfaces to protect your joints.
- Ultralight: Most people do not train in true minimalist running shoes and save this performance-focused footwear for race day. If you're looking for race-day shoes to power you across the finish line, consider ultralight models with little cushioning and a focus on performance. If zero cushioning isn't your jam, On running shoes deliver a combination of support and lightweight performance that ultralight footwear fans love.
Mens Running Shoe Features
Wondering what zero drop means? Use this guide to demystify running shoe features and plan your next purchase.
- Heel Counter: A plastic insert that locks the foot in place, cradles the heel, and reduces overpronation.
- Lugs: Burly outsole cleats often found on trail running shoes.
- Cushioning: Midsole foam that protects joints when you run on rigid surfaces.
- Waterproof: Adding a weather-resistant liner during construction helps running shoes resist rain or snow.
- Zero drop: Traditional running shoes have a 10mm drop from toe to heel, zero drop means there's no difference from toe to heel.
Whether you're in the market for men's Hoka One One, On, Brooks, Asics, Altra Saucony or Adidas running shoes, find the best options online or in any Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store. In addition to running shoes, learn all about the essential running gear you need to reach your goals.