We all know it’s a huge mental challenge to willingly run 26.2 miles. But there’s obviously a physical component to a marathon, too. One that bare feet alone can’t sustain. We rely on our running shoes to help get us through every single step, and if they’re uncomfortable or don’t provide enough support, just forget it. Whether you’re running a 5K or you're a regular triathlete, here are four pairs of marathoner-approved sneakers that do the job (and do it really, really well).
Asics GT 2000 7
“These sneakers are the best for people who overpronate! I had major alignment issues until I switched to this shoe. I have to add in additional arch support as well, but the base has just enough ankle stability and arch support without being too heavy or too orthopedic looking.” —Frances S.
Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 19
“These are the most reliable support shoes ever. They’re durable, but still somewhat stylish, they can handle a lot of miles and don’t show wear and tear as fast as some other shoes of their breed. They’ve recently re-engineered the mesh to be even tougher, so you don’t have to worry about ripping from trail runs or overuse.” —Anna M.
New Balance Women's 1080v9 Fresh Foam Running Shoe
“I love these sneakers, because they give me enough support to go longer distances but are still super lightweight. They are a neutral shoe (i.e., won’t help with overpronating or other foot issues), so they let my feet just do what they need to do. I will say, I recommend buying these in a half-size larger than you usually wear. I find they fit better that way and also have some wiggle room for when your feet swell at the end of a long, hot run.” —Abby H.
ASICS Women's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes
“Asics have been my go-to running shoes for years, and the Gel-Cumulus 21 are especially good for people like me who under-pronate, or run on the outside of their feet. They’re extremely cushioned and have built-in arch support to help evenly distribute pressure upon impact (so-long, shin splints). They even have extra foam padding in the interior liner, which feels like a satisfying little hug for my feet every time I slide them on.” —Catrina Y.
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