For the exercise running shoe illiterate, there are so many different varieties of exercise running shoes and so many different brand choices that it becomes overwhelming when looking for the right fit. Even reading online is tricky because what may be sound advice, easily gets lost in: the vast amount of information, scheming marketing articles, hype for new shoes, and the very large number running shoe choices.
So here I am wondering if you can help me solve this riddle, how can I objectively choose a good running shoe?
This question aims to answer:
What type of running shoes exist, so that I may understand what I am looking at and how to select a shoe based on what it offers.
How do you identify the superior shoe based on their longevity, quality, brand trust, and other factors?
- What else should I need to know that is not included here?
Edit: If it matters to you, here are my personal goals:
- To run distances up to 10 miles, I currently run 3 miles.
- To have the shoe reflect support during runs, whether long or short.
- I would prefer them not to be barefoot, and to be on the lighter side vs the heavy side (although feel free to slap my hand show me why).
- I am 6'4" if that matters, I am in my target BMI and I have no medical issues/orthopedic necessities.
- I plan to run at most 3 times a week (both long and short runs).
- I will run on flat, solid terrain. I do wonder if trail shoes are superior to shoes for flat surfaces, and whether or not they will work on flat surfaces too.