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Brooks’ Ghost Max sneaker offers cloud-like cushioning without feeling clunky
It’s no secret that Brooks is a favorite brand among NBC Select staffers. Its sneakers have been helping us cross finish lines and log leisurely miles long before they earned Wellness Awards or were featured in our guides to the best men’s and women’s running shoes . That’s why we were excited to try Brooks’ latest style, the Ghost Max running shoe , which is available to purchase today. We’ve worn many Brooks sneakers, so we wondered what makes this new shoe different. Does it really stand out among the dozens of other Brooks sneakers we’ve been lacing up for years?
To find out, we tried the men’s and women’s versions of the Brooks Ghost Max for three weeks ahead of their launch. Below, NBC Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin and NBC Select reporter Harry Rabinowitz share their experiences with the shoes and what you should know before buying a pair.
SKIP AHEAD How we tried the Brooks Ghost Max | What we love about the Brooks Ghost Max | Brooks’ return policy
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What to know about the brooks ghost max.
The Ghost Max is a new road running shoe from Brooks. It takes the neutral and roomy fit of the popular Ghost sneaker and adds more cushioning, making it similar to the brand’s other “ max ” shoes. It also has a more substantial rocker — meaning a sole that curves upward to a high degree under the toes and forefoot — compared to the standard Ghost model.
The Ghost Max reflects a greater trend in running shoes: more foam. At a media preview event for the new shoe, members of the Brooks development team told Malin and Rabinowitz that foam adds important comfort and impact-absorption to any running shoe, but historically also adds significant weight.
In the past few years, however, foam has gotten lighter, so brands have thickened their running shoes without the penalty of added weight. Take the Asics Cloud Nimbus 25 , for example. It has 20% more foam underfoot and a taller stack height compared to the Nimbus 24 , but both models weigh the same at 10.2 ounces. You can see similar changes between the Brooks Glycerin 19 and 20 (a decrease of 0.2 ounces between models), as well as the Hoka Clifton 8 and 9 (a decrease of 0.2 ounces between models) — newer iterations of the sneakers have more foam but not more weight.
Like the Brooks’ Ghost, the Ghost Max earned the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance , meaning the shoes were determined to promote quality foot health by the Podiatric Seals Committee. They come with round laces, which stay tied while Rabinowitz and Malin are running, even in a single knot.
You can purchase the Ghost Max in a range of sizes and colors, like black, white, pink and gray and more. The sneakers come in medium, wide and extra wide models, but the later two come in less color options.
Brooks Ghost Max (Men’s)
Sizes: 7 to 15 | Widths: Medium, wide and extra wide | Heel drop: 6 mm | Weight: 10.0 oz (283 g)
Brooks Ghost Max (Women’s)
Brooks Ghost Max Running Shoe
Sizes: 6 to 12 | Widths: Medium, wide and extra wide | Heel drop: 6 mm | Weight: 9.0 oz (255.1 g)
How we tried the Brooks Ghost Max
Malin and Rabinowitz tried the Brooks Ghost Max running shoes for three weeks.
Malin wore the women’s version of the shoe and ran indoors on a treadmill and outdoors on pavement in New York City. To date, she’s logged about 63 miles in the sneakers. Most of Malin’s runs are between four and six miles in weather between 60 and 80 degrees. She typically prefers cushioned, sturdy running sneakers that offer bounce and stability. Malin has previously run in Brooks sneakers, including the Adrenaline, Revel, Glycerin, Catamount, Ghost and Levitate models.
Rabinowitz wore the men’s version of the shoe, running outdoors on the paved streets and sidewalks of New York. About half of that time was spent on gentle hills. Most of his runs were between three and six miles in weather between 60 and 80 degrees. Rabinowitz typically prefers cushioned running sneakers with ample traction and support. He’s previously run in Brooks sneakers, including the Adrenaline GTS, Glycerin, Catamount, Ghost, Revel and Levitate models.
What we love about the Brooks Ghost Max
Malin : In my experience, it’s hard for a running shoe to add cushioning without adding height. I don’t want to feel like I’m running in platform boots, and ultra cushioned sneakers tend to be too thick and heavy for me to find comfortable. I also don’t want my running sneakers to be too flat — the Brooks Revel , for example, does not have enough cushioning for me to feel a spring in my step.
The Brooks Ghost Max manages to give me just the right amount of height and bounce with its thick layer foam, but it doesn’t lift me off the ground so much that I feel unsteady. The foam is well distributed across the shoe, and I’m easily able to find my center of balance while wearing them. I don’t feel like I’m leaning forward or sinking backward as I’m standing still. I’m impressed by how stable I feel in the shoe even with how much cushioning it has. My ankles usually feel very wobbly in highly cushioned shoes, but I feel secure in these because they have a wide base.
Rabinowitz : I have had basically the same experience. I’ve noticed that running shoes generally have gotten taller and chunkier, leading to a high platform that makes me more wary of rolling my ankle. The Ghost Max are taller than the Ghost, but maintain a similar form-factor to the Glycerin, one of my favorite running shoes. After about a week of running in the Ghost Max, I started to prefer them over all of my other shoes. The even, relatively-flat, cushioned support led to a steady stride that absorbed the impact of running on pavement well.
Rabinowitz : I’ve run in the Brooks Ghost, Adrenaline and Glycerin for years — I wouldn’t call any of them fast shoes. To be fair, they are everyday trainers, not race shoes. But the Brooks Ghost Max feels slightly faster than those other models because of its subtle rocker, which helps propel my steps. It’s slight — nowhere near the forward-leaning roll of something like the Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 — but it makes these shoes feel faster than the original Ghost. My mile times weren’t dramatically different wearing these shoes, but the comfortable, rolling feeling was notable.
Malin : The first time I wore the Ghost Max on the treadmill, I ran the fastest 5K pace I have in a long time and it was 100% due to the gentle rocker. It propelled me forward and helped me keep a consistent pace. The rocker aids in rolling through the heel to toe motion and I found that my legs didn’t have to work as hard as they do when I’m running on flatter shoes, so they did not get tired as quickly. Like Harry, the Glycerin is also one of my favorite running shoes, but the Ghost Max’s rocker won me over the moment I put them on.
Rabinowitz : Something I’ve always appreciated about the Ghost shoe is its roomy interior — the shoe doesn’t feel overly tight or restrictive. The Ghost Max maintains this design. Having reasonable space around my toes is especially useful for longer runs, when my feet naturally start to swell.
Malin : I also like the shoe’s roomy interior because I can wear thicker socks, which is very important to me as we’re going into cold weather months. I’m also prone to blisters, and having a roomy interior to spread my toes out helps prevent them.
What’s Brooks’ return policy?
Brooks offers a 90-day trial with all its shoes — you can return a new pair in any condition online if you aren’t satisfied, according to the brand. Gently worn gear is resold on Brook’s ReStart resale storefront.
Why trust Select?
Zoe Malin is an associate updates editor at NBC Select who covers fitness, fitness apparel and fitness equipment including workout apps , sports bras and pilates rings . For this piece, she tried the Brooks Ghost Max shoes for three weeks after the brand sent her a pair ahead of the launch date.
Harry Rabinowitz is a reporter at NBC Select who covers technology and fitness including running shoes , fitness trackers and workout earbuds . For this piece, he tried the Brooks Ghost Max shoes for three weeks after the brand sent him a pair ahead of the launch date.
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Brooks Ghost Running Shoes A Special Brand – Review
Choosing running shoes can be expensive, time-consuming and even a harmful affair. Brooks ghost running shoes are among the few who focus solely on running . But Every day, runners buy running shoes that do not exactly suit their needs and which in the long run result in ankle injuries, shin splints, lack of comfort and much more. In Brooks Ghost Running Shoes A Special Brand we take a review of this brand and the newest model
There are many different running shoes on the market today, and therefore it can be difficult to choose the right ones for you – But you CAN find the right personal running shoes for your particular running choice.
Brooks Ghost 13
Brooks ghost running shoes newest model pt. is Brooks Ghost 13. In general, Brooks is an innovative running brand that is always at the forefront of new trends. They have even made a shoe finder that allows you to choose the right shoe for your particular purpose of running. Try checking this link Shoefinder
With DNA LOFT shock-absorbing material in the midsole, you are guaranteed a soft start from heel to forefoot. The upper part is in Engineered Air Mesh, which is without annoying seams and with high breathability.
One thing is for sure – and that is that the trend is clear. Brooks is becoming more and more popular as the years go by. And that is, even if you actually find them in smaller and smaller numbers of “regular” sports shops.
Brooks may not manufacture the smartest and most beautiful running shoes in the entire world, but it may be the brand that has the most technology behind its productions. With them, it is not only sales that are at the forefront. It is also important to make running shoes that you can count on as very safe and reliable.
Brooks Ghost Running Shoes
Brooks ghost running shoes are made for natural running. Their latest series of “Pure” running shoes got a very good response from the running elite in general. This led to a sharp increase in sales and makes them today one of the best-selling running brands.
Many runners are today big supporters of their pure series. There are various shoes within this series, all of which fall under the category of natural running. The focus has been on giving you a more natural feeling during races. Where traditional running shoes are very heavy and stiff, pure running shoes are light and flexible.
Brooks Ghost shoes -Durability
The big advantage of choosing Brook’s sports shoes is their durability. If you are not the type who wants to change shoes every month, Brooks can be an excellent choice. All shoes come with an extra-strong outsole, as well as extra protection in the upper part, which increases the durability enormously. It is typically in the mesh of the outsole or in the upper part that running shoes break.
How does Brooks stand out from other brands?
Making running shoes that can actually sell is difficult in the long run today. One strategy that Brooks has adopted is to go for specialty stores. Many of these have chosen to adopt the brand as one of their premium brands because of their specialty in running training .
For the same reason, they have in many years said: “no thanks” for putting the products in the ‘regular’ sports shops – they are simply not specialists enough to be able to convey knowledge about the shoes, they say. But today they have lowered their demands. But this can still present challenges for you who want to buy Brooks running shoes that are offered online – especially on offer.
Brooks Ghost Running Shoes Are Special
In 2017, Brooks introduced its special DNA Amp midsole, a polyurethane foam (PU) encapsulated in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Levitate was the first shoe with a ‘DNA amplifier’ and provided runners with a platform that was proclaimed to deliver the highest energy consumption compared to other Brooks midsoles and its competitors. The subsequent DNA enhancer was DNA Loft, the brand’s softest midsole foam.
The brand’s latest innovation is DNA Flash, a nitrogen-infused midsole that provides propulsion as well as moderate damping to mitigate the shock from long distances. Of course, Brooks also has sales goals to reach, and in fact, it is said that the shoes sell better than big brands like Adidas and Nike worldwide.
It must be said that there is a lot of respect for Brook’s way of attacking the market. They go a little against the flow and make their brand attractive by profiling it as a high-end brand. A brand that you will only find in selected stores with enough knowledge to convey the many details that are in Brooks running shoes. That is really impressive.
But they also have something to support their success in. Because even though the business method is special, so are their running shoes. Once you’ve tried running a pair of Brooks running shoes, it actually makes more sense that they see themselves as an advanced brand.
Because you have no doubt that a lot has been done for the details, and that you as a runner are in focus every time a running shoe is manufactured in Brooks’ production halls.
Brooks Ghost Running Shoes – Shock Absorption
As mentioned, Brooks has used Brooks Anatomical DNA shock absorption. It is a material that is a mixture of foam and gel. It can be compared to Asics’ traditional GEL. The shock absorption in the heel is quite compact – ready to absorb shocks. It is especially appreciated on the longer runs, where the legs become exhausted and the running style may not be as good as it should be
The anatomical DNA of the forefoot is slightly softer. This allows you to get a faster start and thus a higher speed. It will be a good idea to use Brooks Ghost as a mass training shoe for asphalt, gravel and other hard surfaces. Because they have exactly this good shock absorption. For softer surfaces, other shoes would be better solutions.
Brooks G host 13 M en
The Brooks Ghost 13 is known for being one of the most neutral stability running shoes for daily training, and this has a lot to do with Brooks’ choice of material in the midsole.
The midsole consists of both Brooks’ soft DNA Loft foam material on the outside of the midsole and the more solid BioMogo foam on the inside, which provides a soft and comfortable running experience without being too lively and unstable.
You get a stable and very comfortable foot movement combined with a super soft and breathable upper. The soft upper part is padded exactly where you need it in this type of running shoe. The heel cap, and the part itself here when you step into the shoe, are nicely padded.
The Ghost 13 is not really a 100% tempo shoe, because it is heavier compared to the classic tempo shoes. There is no doubt that the shoe is made for easy runs, short or long (LSD), as well as recovery runs. Ghost 13 can contribute to your running training, regardless of running level and goals.
A combination of BioMoGo DNA cushioning with super soft DNA LOFT cushioning creates a smooth, balanced feel underfoot. Brooks cushioning technologies all start with DNA because they react to your unique stride.
The soft midsole and Segmented Crash Pad team up for easier flow from landing to toe-off. No matter how your foot strikes the ground, the smooth transitions ensure comfort. You shouldn’t even notice transitions.
Engineered Air Mesh upper hugs the foot for a secure – but still breathable – fit.
It is rare to find a running shoe that has focused on quality with so many details. – without having 100% sales in mind. Brooks running shoes are probably the shoes that come closest to this purpose. So, if you want a safe, reliable and stable running shoe, you should consider the Brooks Ghost 13.
This is regardless of whether you are going for your first run or your 5th marathon. Ghost 13 Men can really contribute to your daily running training in many ways.
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Running shoes are worth the investment for beginner joggers and seasoned sprinters alike. Not only will a quality pair offer much-needed support but they’re versatile for running errands and matching any athletic outfit you so choose.
The problem? There are hundreds online to choose from — some splurges and some affordable. The most important factor, however, is how comfortable they are (especially if you have flat feet ) and their features, especially if you’re looking for a pair akin to hiking shoes .
“Generally speaking, most sneakers are specialized for a specific sport, such as tennis or basketball,” Bruce Pinker, DPM , foot and ankle surgeon and board-certified podiatrist at Progressive Foot Care, told the New York Post. “Running shoes typically have a mesh material over the toe box to allow for an exchange of air which helps reduce excessive moisture in the foot; this helps reduce conditions of Athlete’s Foot fungus (tinea pedis) and toenail fungus, specifically.”
Ahead, the New York Post turned to board-certified podiatrists — much like we did in our expert-backed guide to the best women’s running shoes — to outline the 18 best pairs you can buy right now. So, all you have to do is click, buy and shop. Yes, it’s that easy.
Following our top picks, check out our in-depth FAQ section outlining more you need to know about men’s running shoes to better understand your next best pair. Oh, and check out our expert guides to the best walking shoes for both men and women .
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“With a 6mm heel to toe drop but additional cushioning, this shoe is perfect for overall comfort for most any runner or non-runner looking for a neutral shoe with some additional cushioning,” Elizabeth Bass Daughtry, DPM , physician in FASMA/USFAS with more than 17 years of experience treating a variety of foot ailments — and specializing in sports medicine issues such as plantar fasciitis, sprains, surgery and fractures — told The Post.
Not to mention, Brooks Running is also our podiatrist-approved “best overall” pick in our guide to the best women’s running shoes .
New Balance Men’s ROAV Running Shoes
“With the Fresh Foam midsole cushioning and full ground contact outsole, this versatile runner will keep you comfortable while on the go,” Daughtry notes. “This shoe offers a lightweight ride with an 8mm heel to toe drop.”
Not to mention, the sneakers are less than $100 and come in a variety of colors that are all oh-so-comfy.
New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam Arishi V4 Running Shoes
“The Arishi v4 is a versatile athletic shoe that you could wear just about anywhere with New Balance’s Fresh Foam midsole and durable outsole it will offer all day comfort and excellent performance at a reasonable price,” Daughtry notes, recommending the pair.
Not to mention, its cushioned midsole, breathable mesh upper and durable rubber outsole makes it suitable for all-day comfort and performance.
New Balance Men’s 993 Running Shoes
“The New Balance 993 is one of the best overall running shoes as it offers excellent comfort and support, coupled with a classic design,” Pinker notes. “It’s ideal for runners or walkers.”
Hailing from the brand’s legendary 990 series, the 993 features responsive cushioning and premium materials for ready-to-run wear.
HOKA Men’s Mach X Running Shoes
“Built with high rebound cushioning and PEBA foam which is more resilient than the CarbonX foam, this shoe is comfortable enough for endurance running but also responds equally well to an increase in your running pace,” Daughtry notes.
What’s more, HOKA is one of our favorite brands and this style, specifically, comes in a variety of colors.
New Balance Men’s FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 Running Shoes
The New Balance Men’s FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 Running Shoes are a surefire splurge — but a good one at that. It was designed with a dual focus on energy return and lighter weight, complemented by a breathable, engineered knit upper. You’ll also appreciate its built-in tongue for a secure, locked-in fit.
“Extremely lightweight and offering a cushioned ride that sets you in the mood to run and even race through your day,” Daughtry said. “The FuelCell foam assists with your propulsion and the Energy Arc system will promote dynamic energy return. These shoes will power you through your marathon of the day.”
Coincidentally, Daughtry said she was “currently wearing a pair of these myself at the moment” as she was recommending them to us, and she can “personally vouch for the comfort of these shoes.”
Saucony Men’s Peregrine 13 Running Shoes
“Saucony’s PWRRUN foam midsole is lightweight and cushioned for an extremely comfortable yet supportive feel,” Daughtry said, recommending the pair. “Due to the ultra lightweight nature, it offers more speed on the trails.”
More, the PWRTRAC rubber outsole and rock guard will ensure maximum traction and grip on rugged terrain.
Topo Men’s Ultraventure 3 Trail Running Shoes
“The Vibram XS Trek EVO outsole offers optimal durability and excellent traction and the Zip FOAM midsole compound is springier than EVA with more rebound over the life of the shoe,” Daughtry notes.
With a breathable, all-around comfortable fit, you’ll want to wear these practically everywhere you go.
adidas Men’s Adizero Adios Pro 3 Running Shoes
“Consisting of five carbon fiber rods (ENERGYRODS), this shoe offers lightweight stiffness for an efficient ride, but the ultralight LIGHTSTRIKE PRO cushions provide two layers of resilient foam to help maintain energy for those really long runs,” Dauhgtry explains.
The adidas Men’s Adizero Adios Pro 3 Running Shoes also offers excellent wet surface traction for those rain day runs.
HOKA Men’s Clifton 9 Running Shoes
“If you enjoy the bouncy and cushion feel of Hokas, the Clifton 9 has 3mm of extra cushioning in the midsole but has less total weight for faster races,” Daughtry said.
In addition to the pair coming in a suite of hues to choose from, its toe box remains generous but also comes in wide width.
New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam X 1080v12 Running Shoes
“The Fresh Foam X midsole cushioning is built for smooth transitions from heel strike to propulsion,” Daughtry said, vouching for the style. “The mesh upper is breathable yet supportive.”
What’s more, the combination of high performance and reliable comfort offers versatility that assists with the transition from everyday to a long run. “Its Ndurance rubber outsole is built for durability in high wear area,” she adds.
ASICS Men’s Gel-Cumulus 25 Running Shoes
The FF BLAST PLUS technology of the ASICS Men’s Gel-Cumulus 25 Running Shoes, according to Daughtry, “offers cushioning to provide lightweight impact absorption and a responsive rebound.”
Additionally, you’ll appreciate its PureGEL technology provides softer landings, excessive cushioning and handsome look.
Nike Men’s Pegasus 38 Road Running Shoes
“This is a great option for those who prefer a shoe insole that forms to your foot after a few runs and offers plenty of arch support,” Daughtry said, recommending the Nike Men’s Pegasus 38 Road Running Shoes.
The shoe’s midsole has lots of thick React foam, too. As a result, it provides a soft responsive feel to the foot and a gender-differentiated cushion.
ASICS Men’s Gel-Nimbus 24 Running Shoes
“This shoe brings a trifecta of plush midsole padding with Flytefoam, Flytefoam Propel and its gel pods at the forefoot and heel to absorb impact and help with propulsion,” Daughtry said.
Also this shoe offers a gender-specific medial plate. “Its forefoot designs provide targeted support based on slight differences between men and women,” she adds.
Skechers Men’s GO WALK Speed Walker Running Shoes
“This style of shoe offers the patented Sketchers Arch Fit insole system with podiatrist-certified arch support,” Daughtry highlights, recommending the Skechers Men’s GO WALK Speed Walker Running Shoes.
Its Hyper Burst cushioning midsole offers a highly responsive and ultra lightweight experience. “For enhanced traction, stability and durability, its Goodyear rubber Outsole is a nice touch,” she adds.
Altra Running Men’s Lone Peak 7 Running Shoes
“The Altra Lone Peak 7 has an upgraded MaxTrac outsole with the addition of canted lugs placed under the metatarsals assists with excellent grip underfoot, and the Altra EGO midsole helps to achieve the perfect combination of comfort and responsiveness,” Daughtry notes.
More, Altra’s FootShape comfort gives your feet more space to sit naturally and address the biological difference in men and women’s shoes.
Altra Running Men’s Rivera 3 Running Shoes
“To encourage proper, low impact form through the run, this shoe has balanced cushioning that places the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground,” Daughtry notes. “Its Innerflex midsole technology ensures increased flexibility and performance.”
Its Altra EGO foam is designed to provide added energy return and responsive yet soft comfortable feel, too.
NAOT Men’s Galaxy Running Shoes
“This is an everyday knit sneaker that is lightweight and offers NAOT’s removable latex and cork footbed — one that molds and conforms to the foot while offering excellent support for everyday use,” Daughtry notes.
Impressively, this NAOT shoe boasts the APMA acceptance seal for promoting good foot health.
An FAQ on Men’s Running Shoes
Ahead, our team of podiatrists share the 411 on what to look for in a quality pair of women’s running shoes — including materials, support levels and more.
How do running shoes differ from traditional sneakers?
Running shoes traditionally are lightweight and made to propel a person faster than traditional shoes.
“Depending on the sport, the treads vary depending on the activity,” Daughtry told The Post. “For example, cross trainers have treads that make side to side motion easier while trail shoes have deeper and stronger tread to help with uneven terrain.”
Some sneakers are more casual and lack adequate arch support or fail to offer enough room to accommodate for needed additional arch support or orthotics. “Running shoes also have better cushion for shock absorption needed to protect the foot from the rigors of the repetition of pounding on the ground that occurs with running,” she adds.
What are the benefits of wearing running shoes?
According to Pinker, running shoes will “provide support, shock absorption and cushioning, which can help prevent injury and allow for more enjoyable and efficient running.”
Additionally, running sneakers are lightweight, better arch support/orthotic-friendly and improved shock absorption. They typically have mesh material to allow for a more breathable style of shoe as well as allowing stretch for toe deformities.
When should I wear running shoes (besides running, of course)?
According to Pidick, most running shoes are excellent choices for walking. However, there are additional ways you can sport your new favorite running shoes.
“Most any athletic activity such as cross training, gym workouts, walking, aerobics and even work are ideal to use running shoes for, in my opinion!” Daughtry lists. “But the advanced, more specific running shoes should be reserved for the running course.”
More, a neutral or basic running shoe is a great foundation for those who have orthotics due to foot ailments or congenital foot deformities.
What materials are running shoes typically made from?
“The outsole is made of carbon rubber which is the durable component of the sole of running shoes while the forefoot outsole usually is created by using blown rubber, a less durable than but more cushioned feel for shock absorption,” Daughtry explains. “The midsole of athletic shoes are typically made from ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) and polyurethane.”
Additionally, the midsole may also contain cushioning elements such as gel or encapsulated air or foam to assist with shock absorption, especially in the more cushioned version of running shoes for long distance running.
What materials make running shoes “waterproof”?
“For waterproofing, Gore Tex is often the material of choice,” Pidick shares. Specifically, this material is the “most popular waterproof material in shoes and is similar to three layer raincoats,” according to Daughtry.
Why is it similar to a triage of raincoats? There’s a waterproof membrane sandwiched between the liner and the outer fabric. “However, The problem with waterproof shoes is that they are great at keeping water out but also keeping water inside so this type of shoe does not breathe as much and causes excessive sweating and moisture to feet,” Daughtry notes.
Your podiatrist-backed guide to shopping for running shoes online:
When choosing a shoe, the planned activity should be considered because different activities necessitate different shoe needs.
“Even within running, the options vary tremendously based on whether you are a long distance runner or a sprinter,” Daughtry shares. “In general, the best option is to choose a shoe that has the best fit for you and your needs.”
What to know? More cushioning is needed for long distance running while “less is more” is better for those wanting to add speed and shave time off their run. “The shoe should fit properly from heel to toe and feel comfortable with regular stride, be it walking or running,” she adds.
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