A good pair of running shoes is to a runner what a helmet and shoulder pads are to a football player--vital to the health and well-being of the athlete. Whether you are running on soft, grassy surfaces or hard, coarse pavement, it is important to invest in a pair of shoes that provide superior cushion and support. A runner is only as good as his best pair of running shoes, especially considering the damage the brutal impact of running can cause on the knees, feet and ankles.
Nike Air Zoom Vomero
The Nike Air Zoom Vomero series, with its Nike Air Technology, superior air cushioning and lightweight support, is designed for running. Although this shoe is great for many foot styles, it is especially suited for runners with medium to high arches. It is comfortable, flexible and extremely durable. According to "Consumer Reports," the Nike Air Zoom Vomero series is a top-rated shoe for runners. It is also compatible with Nike +, an innovative technology that allows runners to track their distance as it links to their iPod Nano. The 2010 retail price of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero is $130.00.
Nike Air Max
With its maximum impact cushion system, the Nike Air Max is designed to absorb the brutal impact of the road, preventing the usual wear and tear on a runner's knees and feet. This shoe, with a 2010 retail price of $160.00, is appropriate for the runner who needs enhanced cushioning, stability and further injury prevention.
Asics Gel Kayano
Asics touts its Gel Kayano as the gold standard in running shoes, preventing injury and helping to correct biomechanical issues that lead to running injuries. Its gel cushion allows for more cushioned support and a lighter landing against the harsh pavement, especially for runners who weigh more than 155 lbs. The Gel Kayano is especially appropriate for runners who struggle with or are prone to injuries such as shin splints, weak ankles, knee problems, heel pain and overpronation (the slight inward rolling a foot makes when running). Asics recommends this particular shoe, retail priced at $140.00 in 2010, for training.
The Asics Nimbus, a leader in the running shoe industry, demonstrates an effective response to the road, providing flexibility, comfort and cushion. With its dynamic forefoot cradle, the shoe provides fit and function designed for maximum shock absorption. This long-time favorite, which Asics continues to refine, has a 2010 retail price of $126.00.
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