Finding the right running shoes can be a daunting task for anyone. If you're in the U.S. Army, your running shoe shopping is even harder due to specific limitations. Some limitations include no flashy colors such as neons, or too much color in general. Another limitation is wearing the Vibram Five Fingers. With those two considerations in mind, there are a few running shoes to recommend for those in the Army.
New Balance 993
The New Balance 993 is a great shoe for Army use, as it is considered a stability shoe that will provide support in the arches. It's primary color is gray, and it is made of suede, so there is no question whether the color is appropriate. The shoe also comes in black or navy blue, both of which are aesthetically neutral. New Balance is the only shoe company that constructs its shoes from at least 70 percent American-made materials -- a great tribute from an Army man or woman.
InoV8 f-lite 195
The InoV8 f-lite 195 is a great shoe for the Army because it is lightweight yet comfortable. Despite it's lightness, it is considered a versatile trail shoe, meaning it can be used on all kinds of surfaces and provides maximum traction. This shoe is mostly black with some silver overlays. Because this shoe has a 3-millimeter footbed, your feet will feel closer to the ground, and help keep your foot in a neutral position.
The Nike LunarGlide+ is a shoe that actually adjusts to your natural foot positioning, providing your feet with stability when and where you need it. It is lightweight yet still provides ample cushioning, with a breathable mesh upper. It comes in a wide variety of colors, including neutral colors such as black, gray or white.
Mizuno Wave Rider
Mizuno, a brand that many know best for softball cleats, has a winning running shoe in the Wave Rider. The Wave Rider is lightweight and has a collar liner to help keep your heels in place. There are eyelets built into the instep part of the shoe that help reduce the strain in that area. This shoe usually comes in a blue and silver color combination, as well as in plain black.
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