In the United States, running has grown in popularity over the last two decades. According to statistics published by Running USA, the number of people who take part in road races has grown from less than five million in 1990 to more than 14 million in 2011.
In addition, the sport has spawned a $2.6 billion industry in running gear. This includes shoes, clothing, and energy drinks. Currently, 59% of half marathon runners are women. These figures show that running is a popular sport. To run, you require the right running shoes. This guide will take you through some of the best running shoes for men.
Asics Gel Kayano
The Asics Gel Kayano boasts of an external heel counter to give your Achilles a comfortable padding. This padding comes in handy if you are struggling with chronic foot pain or piriformis syndrome. The shoe measures 36.9 mm at the heel and 26.9 mm at the forefoot. At a sprightly 11.7 oz, these shoes make your running mile after mile a breeze.
Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove
Barefoot running has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years. In this space, Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove is one of the best running shoes for men. It has a flexible sole that adapts to the surface under your feet. In addition, the Sonic Glove has amicrofiber footbed with antimicrobial solution. This soaks moisture to keep your feet dry and comfortable at all times.
Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9
For big men (170 pounds and more), the PowerGrid Triumph offers the foot a comfortable running platform. The shoe boasts of Sauc-fit padding that accommodates heavier runners easily. If you run with a forefoot gait, this shoe will give you better protection as the foot strikes the ground. The heel measures 34.1mm and the forefoot 26.4mm. Weight wise, the Saucony PowerGrid tips the scales at 11.0 oz.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11
Wet feet can make running quite uncomfortable. The Brooks Adrenaline deals with this issue by incorporating a breathable upper material. This is in addition to a sock liner that absorbs sweat. To prevent your feet from over pronating, the GTS 11 has a Tri-density Progressive Rollbar. This prevents picking up nasty injuries such as stress fractures and shin splints.
New Balance Minimus Zero
The New Balance is a light running shoe for minimalist runners. Weighing in at just 6.1 oz, this shoe feels like a sock with a padded sole. The upper mesh wraps around the feet nicely while at the same time providing breathing space for the toes. The Minimus Zero measures in at 12.3 mm at the heel and 10.7mm at the forefoot.
Running can help you lose weight and stay healthy. However, you need to have the right shoes to avoid picking up injuries. Manufacturers have designed running shoes that cushion the feet from the shock of pounding the ground.
At the same time, the shoes absorb sweat to keep the feet comfortable. Some of the best running shoes for men include the Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove, New Balance Minimus Zero, Saucony PowerGrid Triumph 9, and Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11.
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Jason Steward is an Avid Runner from the Midwest, who reviews various running shoe brands and styles on Shoes4Runners.com