Men who care about fitness know that their choice of running shoes has a big impact on their body and their progress. Wear the wrong shoes and you will end up finding it difficult to run or hurt yourself completely.
There are too many options available on the market, though. Before you start shopping around, browse our list of the top 10 best shoes for men.
#1. New Balance Men’s 510v3 Trail Running Shoe
We like the 510V3 because it runs true to size, first and foremost. Sizing problems are much more common than you think and we are happy that we did not have any of that with these running shoes.
The shoes are also very comfortable and surprisingly manage to stay that way even after long distances and several months of regular and consistent use. They are designed to offer maximum support, stability, and traction even on rough, wet, and/or muddy terrain.
What you may not find too thrilling about the 510v3 is that they are a little on the heavy side. If you are an experienced runner, that should not be a problem. However, lighter shoes are still generally preferred.
#2. New Balance Men’s MT410V4 Trail-Running Shoe
The 410V4 are very affordable, making them a nice pair of starter shoes for those new to running or those looking for running shoes that can double as everyday shoes. This model is available in various stylish designs with neat features that look good and offer a lot of functionality.
Although branded and marketed as a trail running shoe, the 410V4 is actually fitted with the manufacturer’s AT Treat all-terrain outsole. This means they will hold up just fine when used on rough and even muddy ground.
The midsoles are made of EVA with injection molding, which is known for providing a nice balance of comfort and support for runners. However, in the case of these running shoes, the midsoles fail to provide that much cushioning.
#3. ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Trail Running Shoe
The GEL Venture 5 provides plenty of support right where it is needed, even helping correct common foot problems such as supination and overpronation. The toe box is roomy, seeing how the manufacturer took natural toe splaying into consideration.
The cushioning and the shoes’ responsiveness are equally impressive. They keep the feet and legs comfortable and absorb impact very well. The GEL Venture 5’s outsoles offer excellent traction on pavements, trails, and certain kinds of rougher terrains.
One more thing you may want to take note of is that the GEL Venture 5 is that it has areas with stitching, and those tend to come off easily with heavy use. You may want to apply special care and maintenance to these shoes, especially around the uppers.
#4. New Balance Men’s MT610V5 Trail Running Shoe
You will appreciate how the 610V5 is designed and built for runners with wider than average feet. These shoes are also an ideal option if you wear orthoses and similar contraptions that require some additional room.
The 610V5 running shoes are good at providing support for the arches and the ankles. Stability and traction should be the least of your worries too because these shoes are fitted with some of New Balance’s latest materials that improve grip and support.
As we mentioned earlier, these shoes have a wide fit. You may end up with shoes half a size larger than what you would usually wear, but that can be easily resolved with a liner. The uppers are also a little too sensitive and can show signs of fraying after several weeks of regular long distance running.
#5. New Balance Men’s 574 Classics Running Shoe
The 574 Classics running shoes come in a variety of stylish color combinations and styles. Hey, just because you are a man does not mean you should not pay attention to these things!
Going back to the discussion, though. The 574 is highly versatile and can be used as strictly running shoes or for running errands every now and then throughout the week. No matter what you use these shoes for, they are prepared for any kind of terrain and activity. Their outsoles are made of ultra strong and durable carbon rubber.
There is just one minor problem with the shoes. The fabric materials, especially those on the upper and on the arches, are not very durable and started to show ugly signs of wear and tear after just a few months of use. If you have to go for these running shoes, make sure you care for the shoes well to prevent premature wear.
#6. New Balance Men’s MX608V4 Training Shoe
The entire exterior of the 608V4 is made of leather, creating a cool look popular among college-age runners. Despite the stiff leather material, the shoes remain comfortable and did not give us blisters when we used them.
The 608V4 run quite true to size, which is good news, seeing how so many manufacturers make it hard for us to buy the right size without having to return a previously ordered one of the wrong size.
The uppers of these running shoes are not as breathable as you want and need them to be, which may cause issues for those who run a lot and run long distances. Another problem is the glued outsole, which can easily detach especially with prolonged use. They are also not that easy to repair.
#7. ASICS Men’s Gel Nimbus 18 Running Shoe
These men’s running shoes from renowned manufacturer Asics seems to strike the perfect balance among fit, performance, and looks. The Gel Nimbus 18 is available in standard sizes and fits even those with relatively wider feet or people who use orthotics.
The manufacturer did apply their proprietary midsole technology on the Gel Nimbus 18. This feature provides ample support and impact absorption while retaining comfort. The uppers fit the feet well because it is constructed out of stretch mesh that adjusts to the shape of the wearer’s feet.
You may find these running shoes too bulky and heavy if you are used to wearing running sneakers. The toe box is also relatively smaller than those of most other running shoes, so you may end up with blistered toes (or worse) especially if you are used to wearing roomier models.
#8. ASICS Men’s GT-2000 4 Running Shoe
The GT-2000 4 comes in bright colors that we think will appeal to the younger runners. Looking closer at the exterior of these shoes, you will notice that the uppers are made of mesh and other synthetic materials that combine to provide plenty of ventilation.
There is an exoskeletal heel support feature, which helps a lot in improving fit. Both the rear and the front ends of the shoes are fitted with a gel cushioning system, which makes running a lot more comfortable and helps eliminate knee pain.
Our issue with the GT-2000 4 is the toe box, which, for some reason, is much smaller than those of the other shoes in the same product line. They can quickly and easily blister, so make sure you order the right size and make other necessary adjustments.
#9. New Balance Men’s M990V4 Running Shoe
The leather overlays of the 990V4 plus the mesh uppers do not just look great, they also feel great when you are already running in them. You can feel the difference in breathability, fit, comfort, and support.
We also like the lace-keeper, which doubles as a feature for keeping the tongue in place. There are also many size options to choose from, which is excellent news for people with anything other than average-looking feet.
The 990V4 running shoes are in the upper price tier, but for a very good reason. We guarantee that you will find more once you are actually wearing them. In fact, the only downside is the size and the bulky look, which may take some getting used to if you are a sneakers kind of guy.
#10. Merrell Men’s Vapor Glove 2 Trail Running Shoe
The Vapor Glove 2 are a good option if you are into lightweight running shoes or running sneakers. Their design, shape, and construction make them appropriate for making casual day-to-day trips, running, and everything else in between.
Merrell did use an odor-fighting technology on these shoes, so you may want to give them a try if you have a particular problem with smelly post-exercise feet and shoes.
You should know, though, that the Vapor Glove 2 runs small, so expect that you will have to order something a size or a size and a half larger than what you usually wear. Also, although we found the midsoles great for support and comfort, some other runners found them a little too stiff.