Ask a group of runners what the top running shoes are for 2014 and you may get a number of suggestions, but these shoes are sure to make the list.
The following list includes the best running shoes on the market for 2014, but they are in no particular order. The number one best shoe for you will differ from the number one shoe that fits another runner’s needs, so this list is to serve as a jumping off point rather than an exhaustive list of all options available right now. The list ranges from triathlon and trail running shoes to those suitable for overpronation and underpronation. This list of the top running shoes includes something for every runner.
1. Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 9: This colorful running shoe is designed specifically for triathlon runners. The laces are designed for easy on and off without tying and they are constructed without seams and lots of mesh. These shoes have a wide toe box compared to some others on the market.
2. Nike Free 5.0+: If you want to transition to a minimalistic or barefoot running shoe, this Nike running shoe is a great middle-ground option. They are designed to fit like a glove and provide some support while giving the feel of a barefoot shoe. You can select from a variety of stylish colors.
3. Salomon XR Mission: These versatile running shoes have a funky, colorful style and will take you from hard pavement to complex trail terrain with adequate flexibility and support. The easy-to-wear design includes laces that you don’t need to tie, so slide them on and start running.
4. Merrell Road Glove Dash 2: This is a barefoot-style running shoe that comes in splashy colors and offers rubber protection on the toe. These shoes will give you traction on the road without providing too much support or correction.
5. New Balance WT610 Trail Runners: If you are searching for a simple, comfortable trail running shoe with a well-designed outer sole, this is a great option. It is also one of the most affordable high-quality trail runners currently on the market.
6. Brooks Ravenna 5: These running shoes are perfect for runners with neutral feet who want a bit more support from a lightweight shoe. An extended crash pad helps absorb some of the force created when your foot hits the ground. You can select from neutral colors or a splashier, brighter color scheme.
7. K-Swiss Tubes 130: Consider this shoe if you want to blend style with comfortable cushioning. The unique tube design provides support and cushioning in all the right places to ensure a comfortable run.
8. Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Runners: These aren’t the newest trail running shoes on the market, but they remain one of the most comfortable and supportive options for women. They have a distinctive style and a lightweight design perfect for speed racing.
9. Mizuno Wave Inspire 10: If you suffer from overpronation, this is a good running shoe for the 2014 season. It is designed to support mild to moderate overpronating feet.
10. Altra Intuition 1.5 for Women: Altra prides itself on designing gender-specific shoes. The women’s Intuition 1.5 running shoe will give you mild support while encouraging a natural running position for your feet. If you are moving toward minimalistic shoes or barefoot running, this is a good women’s running shoe to consider.
There are many other running shoes on the market for 2014, but these 10 rank among the best available. Compare their features in order to find the perfect pair for your 2014 running season.