Best Lightweight Running Shoes Reviewed
Searching for the best lightweight running shoes? Take a look at the top rated shoes of 2017, Pros & Cons and what to be aware of before buying a pair!
When it comes to the best Lightweight running shoes, less is more in this case. Less weight to carry means less oxygen wasted, as well as less fatigue to the legs. Less fabric and coverage means increased flexibility and breathability. And less of a rubber sole means increased proprioception and balance. When it comes to technology, though, the more the better – and there’s been a lot of it.
The weight of a running shoe can make or break some runners, especially for long runs or at a competitive level.
I recall an one of my first very enduring trail runs some years ago. I had never read any online reviews about which shoes to wear for the run, in fact at that time I was more inclined to judge based upon the price of the shoes and how stylish they looked. I paid a high price, the running conditions were ultra muddy, the shoes were very heavy and slowed me down, my legs felt like they were carrying dead weights and things got worse, the shoes picked up layers of clinging mud and no matter what I did I could not perform to my full ability. Then the shoes became wet as they had pretty much zero protection against the wet. I should have finished in the first ten out of about one hundred runners but I ended up walking the trail and forgetting about any chance of being part of the high end of runners to complete the 5km run.
I’ve learned a lot since that race, for me, the visual style of a shoe is way down the list of priorities though I still like a stylish looking shoe, as I have developed my running portfolio, I understand that researching and reading reviews for how to choose a good pair of running shoes for a particular style of running is very important.
Here we are looking at the best light-weight shoes for different types of running, these reviews can guide you towards choosing the best running shoe for your own individual style, in much the same way as our reviews for best trail shoes or best shoes for over-pronation, or even a part of running gear such as the best running watch for runners.
Here we review a very good selection of shoes many of which have been recently updated.
Take a look at our up to date selection here today and choose which light shoe deserves to be part of your overall running gear, here we look at the protection, stability, comfort, performance, cushioning, durability, wick-capability, breathability and more and yes, even the stylish appearance.
- New Balance Zante v2
- Runner's World Best Buy Award
- Mizuno Wave Hitogami
- Wave cushioning system
- Brooks Launch 3
- Full-length DNA midsole
If you’re looking to run your tenth marathon or significantly lower your 5K time or just work on intervals with sprints around the track, take a look at this list that we have compiled of some of the best racing running shoes out there.
Also check out: The Best Overall Running Shoes
15 Best Lightweight Running Shoes
1. New Balance Zante V2
Although these are low profile, minimalistically built running shoes, they do provide a great amount of comfort. The Zante v2 is a good option for those who want a minimal sole without going to a barefoot type running shoe.
Quality / Durability
The long term durability of these shoes seems to have issues for some. They may not be a great choice for heavier runners.
They can be a little expensive, depending on where you shop. Amazon has them for a bit less, but they still aren’t cheap shoes.
- Testers enjoyed the extremely breathable no-sew upper
- Removable Molded Footbed Making Room For Custom Insoles
- Fresh Foam Midsole Scored High Marks For Cushioning And Feedback
- Great Traction
2. Mizuno Wave Hitogami
The Hitogami has a really narrow fit, too tight at the top when compared to other Mizuno shoes. However, for those who find that they fit properly, these shoes offer some pretty good comfort after broken in.
Quality / Durability
The quality construction offers a decent amount of durability under consistent use.
Although the price varies a bit depending on where you look, Amazon usually has these available at an affordable price.
- X10 carbon rubber is highly durable
- Very, very lightweight
- Minimalist features make for increased flexibility
- Cool color combinations
- Tight fit
3. Brooks Launch 3
With features like the segmented crash pad in the heel and midsole, BioMoGo DNA midsole, S-257 Cushsole compound and moisture managing seamless upper, these shoe are feature packed to provide a comfortable, lightweight run. However, all of these feature may offer too much cushion for those that are into a much more minimalistic design. Also, they do tend to run about a half size too small.
Quality / Durability
Quality and durability maintain a strong rating with this version of the Brooks Launch running shoe.
These run at a slightly higher price point compared to some of the other shoes on this list. With the features and benefits in mind, they are probably worth it though.
- Upper tech keeps feet cool and dry
- Full-length BioMoGo DNA midsole
- Mid-foot Transition Zone
- Segmented Crash Pad
- HPR plus for high durability in heavy wear zones
- Come in a variety of aesthetically pleasing, unique designs
- Run small
- Too much cushioning for some
4. Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Low
Just as we expect from Nike’s Lunarlon Midsole, these are comfortable as well as supportive. Testers enjoyed the unique feeling of this high tech lightweight runner.
Quality / Durability
Nike always delivers with high quality and durability, and these shoes are no different. Testers put these running shoes through the paces with no issues.
These are not cheap shoes. with some shopping around you can usually find a good deal on sites like Amazon.
- Flyknit upper for comfort and breathability.
- Light yet supportive
- Recommended for plantar fasciitis
- Laser-cut pods gave testers unique cushioning.
- May Not Stand Up Well To The Elements (mud, dust, dirt).
12. Under Armour SpeedForm SlingRide Fade
UA’s Two-Piece Charged Cushioning perfectly balances a soft upper layer with a stronger, dense foam layer underneath. Testers ranked these runner very high in the comfort / stability department.
Quality / Durability
Features Dyneema is the world’s strongest fiber. No, it’s not a trademarked phrase. It’s true, and it’s what the upper of UA’s shoe is constructed of.
These shoes are priced a little higher than you might expect them to be, but you can find them for a decent price online, Amazon frequently has them on sale.
- According to one runner, they “fit like a second skin”
- Come in a wide variety of colors
- Some Testers Found Them A Bit Narrow
13. Saucony Type A6
Really pretty similar to the A5 version, the A6 has slightly more cushion. Although, these are still quite minimalistic in terms of overall mass. These have a bit of a narrower fit and have a smaller toe box than the previous version as well. These have all of the properties that allows them to be a responsive, neutral running shoe that is great for fast runs at short distances.
Quality / Durability
There are no major issues regarding the quality and construction of these shoes. Actually, it seems that Saucony looks ahead, building these with drainage ports underneath the shoe, which not only helps with comfort, but also assists in the overall longevity of the shoe.
These aren’t super expensive. You can find them for a reasonable price on Amazon.
- Very lightweight at 5.2 oz.
- Well-cushioned and comfortable
- Optimal racing shoes for short distances
- Color combinations unappealing to some
14. Adidas Adizero Boston
These feature a EVA insole, soft inner lining, the midsole which offers great lightweight cushioning and great shock absorption.The very obvious flex grooves in the sole give the shoe some excellent flexibility, which in turn allows good responsiveness, helping with the shoe’s overall stability during use.
Quality / Durability
The strong reputation of quality follows through into this product by Adidas. These shoes feature a solid torsion system for integrity, they are simply well constructed functional running shoes that will see you comfortably through your run.
Usually the reputation of Adidas' shoes tends to cost quite a bit, however you can find these fairly decently priced, especially on Amazon.
- Extremely Lightweight
- Perfect For Wide Feet
- High Marks In Breathability
- Testers Reported High Feedback Levels
- Price May Be A Bit High
11. Merrell Trail Glove 4 ( Updated ).
Shoe models available for ladies and men.
Use for short and long trail rides, good shoe flexibility, nice traction, a stabilizing construction and known durability.
Updates include Half Burrito Tongue which extends as a shoe feature from the upper construction. More security from a 5-piece lace-up system. A mesh lining which is breathable. 3mm lug for better traction. Zero Drop Stack.
Read on and see what this shoe can offer you as a runner, if it meets your requirements then it may well be your next new piece of running gear.
OutSole. A more responsive ride due to the Vibram TC% - outsole which results in good flexibility and durability. A good grip capability for runners through the use of light-weight rubber which has good anti-abrasive qualities.
Good protection underfoot due to the built-in trail Protect Pad, even distribution of pressure and enabling forefoot flexibility when it is needed.
MidSole. Constructed from Eva Foam for long-lasting cushion comfort combined with lightness, a built-in micro-fiber ensures freshness for the foot, consistent foot health and reliable dryness through preventing perspiration.
Upper. Good breath factor and durability through the built-in upper mesh system. For the absorbing of moisture/sweat and shoe ventilation a built-in mesh lining with good performance and for toe flexing a nice toe box space which also provides protection. The overlays built into strategic areas on the shoe give well-placed support through light-weight shoe construction TPU material. More cushion support comes via the light padding built into the tongue and shoe collar.
The shoe has quality built into it through selective materials which also provide durability. Durability is evident in the sole systems, the mesh construction and the built-in cushioning.
A good investment for runners that feel this shoe will serve the purpose.
Vibram TC% - outsole
TPU material in the shoe construction
Attentive care to the mesh upper
8. Puma Faas 1000
Puma tends to be popular as a fashion sneaker, but they do know how to make some pretty good lightweight runners too. though there are a few reviews that complain about the comfort, largely, people who have bought them while transitioning into lighter running shoes have had great things to say about their comfort and stability. It is recommended to try them on before you order, so you are sure to get the best fit. These are probably not a great choice for off-road running, as they may not do so well over rocks and other rough terrain. just stick to the road and track with this one.
Quality / Durability
As these are not cheap shoes, the durability and quality of construction seems to rate really high overall.
As mentioned above, the cost of these shoes is a little higher that many other shoes by Puma. Although, they seem to be worth it.
- Air mesh upper for breathability
- FaasFoam absorbs shock and provides lift
- Too bulky for some
15. ASICS Gel DS Racer 11
Normally when we talk about shoes produced by ASICS, we hear how comfortable they are. However, there are some issues with this one regarding the tight fit. More specifically, The complaints are that the shoes are actually too short compared to other models of the same size. With that cover, those who have found the shoes to be comfortable and appropriately fitting say that they will keep buying these again and again. The ultra lightweight of these shoes help add to the overall stability, as they don’t weigh down your feet.
Quality / Durability
The overall quality and durability is just good, especially when compared to other models produced by ASICS. However, a “just good” for ASICS shoes still puts them above a lot of other brands.
The DS Racer 10 is definitely not the most expensive shoe made by ASICS, but also not the cheapest. they are priced right around the middle. Check out Amazon for current pricing.
- Breathable synthetic and mesh upper
- Rearfoot GEL cushioning
- Lightweight build
- Sizing runs a bit narrow
10. New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi
The Fresh Foam featured in this shoe not only helps provide a god amount of comfort, but also aids in the reaction between strides. The shoe gives some pretty good stability from its decent base support. Plus, the wider toe box allows more room, especially if you tend to have slightly wider feet.
Quality / Durability
Although the overall quality of the Fresh Foam Gobi is really good, they may not last quite as long as some of the more expensive options out there on the market. In all these are pretty sturdy shoes that seem to be well likes by those who have purchased them.
They aren’t super cheap, but one of the great things about New Balance is that they tend to produce shoes made with decent quality, at a price which will not normally break the bank. Although the price varies in different places, Amazon usually has them at an acceptable price.
- Mesh And Synthetic Upper Is Lightweight And Breathable
- Great For Trail Running
- Removable EVA Footbed
- Fresh Foam Tested High In Comfort
- Some Testers Found It To Be A Little Narror
9. Nike Flyknit Racer (UPDATED)
Flyknit Racer shoe remains true to size. A good choice of sizes covering what is wanted by runners. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot areas have medium measurements. The shoe comfortably accommodates those with narrow-to-medium foot dimensions.
Outsole. The OutSole of the shoe has a durable rubber outsole with a waffle-skin surface which has a racing diamond pattern.
Midsole. the Phylon midsole is a sound low profile system, known as very responsive, light in weight with good response, built in as a full-length feature enabling a nice cushion factor.
Upper. A one-piece knitted upper offers nice breath capability, gain a sock style FIT with this stretchable upper which allows flexibility, this means a comforting FIT with good foot support, a low profiled tongue lends towards more comfort.
The upper of the Nike Flyknit Racer features a one-piece knit upper that gives satisfying breathability. It is stretchable to deliver a seamless, sock-like fit which means less chance for irritating friction problems. With the Dynamic Flywire, this shoe delivers a comfortable fit and added support while reducing the shoe’s weight. The lightweight and low-profile tongue offer's added comfort.
Quality comes with a nice choice of colors, a shoe which gives a high-quality sock style FIT, though the shoe is built to be light, the materials used in the construction of the shoe offer a good degree of durability.
A lot of innovative design has gone into making this a light shoe, well worth the investment.
Good selection of colors
Springy and nicely responsive
Good durability when used in the right context
A bit narrow for a few runners
5. Altra Escalante ( Womens).
The cushion system has a great level of protective performance, a good softly constructed upper with a good level of durability. A good shoe for taking a longish ride while enjoying comfort and protection combined with stability.
The shoe DNA includes Zero Drop cushion-platform, a Foot-Shape-Toe-Box, a MidSole constructed from InnerFlex & Altra-Ego, FootPad-Tech for metatarsal mapping and flexibility.
Take a closer look at our review, this could well be the next shoe which you will want to add to your running gear.
Offered in a standard size with a good wide toe-box for comfortable toe-splaying.
Outsole. For effective bone mapping and tendons the outsole makes use of FootPod shoe tech, this means flexibility naturally and good responsive movement.
MidSole. A light-weight shoe the midsole has Zero-drop which is fully cushioned, this enables a balanced distribution of weight in the forefoot and heel foot areas which makes road running nicely comfortable. Enjoy the Altra-Ego cushioning which is soft with good durability and results in a good underfoot responsiveness which has a spring effect.
Your foot shape will be adapted to by the built-in innovative Inner-Flex, good flexibility and a nice promotion of efficiency during long runs.
Upper. A lightweight mesh upper with woven cloth characteristics, soft feeling, flexible, overall breathability, flexibility and sound FIT.
The spacious toe-box allows toe flexing space in a natural style further adding to unrestricted comfort. Your heel will be comfortably locked into position by the padded collar and this is all completed to ensure foot stability with a traditional lace-up system.
The shoe design has a deliberate build to it which suggests good durability combined with qualitative innovative features which enable a combination of quality and durability.
A good affordable price if you're looking to invest in a shoe which offers a performance which meets your needs.
FootPod for effective bone mapping
Roomy Toebox for sideways splay
Zero Drop cushion-platform
lightweight mesh upper
Good underfoot responsiveness
A few runners have suggested paying attention to sizing.
7. On CloudFlow (Updated).
Zero-Gravity EVA foam
Additional traction and surface control
The name clouds is correct for this shoe because of the sensation of running on soft cushioning clouds and the functional responsive cushion system works throughout the moment of foot-strike through to the toe-off to give you a very light feeling while running.
This may well be exactly the right shoe for you, read our review and see if you want to add it to your running gear.
This shoe is specific for runners looking to achieve faster running-outputs, a great shoe for runners with a natural foot-roll and the shoe is constructed from comfortable, protective high-quality materials. With an engineered mesh upper in a feature resembling woven-cloth, the shoe has durability, gives good support and encompasses a unique a system to promote air flow to the foot-chamber in the shoe, the breathability factor is very good.
The shoes have a sock designed into them and this feature gives a higher level of comfort.
For the sole unit, efficiency is achieved through EVA foam made from the Zero-gravity formula, this is responsive and durable. These are the foam clouds and they have a layer underneath which is a durable rubberized material which gives protection from abrasive road surfaces such as asphalt. The bottom of the shoe is finished off with a texture pattern which enables better surface traction.
FIT. The On CloudFlow shoe is a little bigger than the usual size standard and we suggest that runners try on a size which is half a size down in order to gain a sound FIT, for width and including men and lady runners the size is a standard medium.
Outsole. Constructed from Cloud-Tech-Rubber and acts as a cover for the shoe cushion features, this durable material also has a responsive capability and therefore adds to the cushion performance. For better grip, the outsole has a "honeycomb" patterning and gives traction performance more similar to the way a tire holds traction.
MidSole. Very consistent underfoot cushion effect through the use of light and durable Eva-Zero-Gravity material and this is exactly the same material used for the cushion cloud-pods. You get beefed up cushion performance throughout the gait cycle. Touchdown or shock impact is attenuated and lift or push from the ground surface is energized responsively.
Built-in innovation for performance remains consistent with the designed in SpeedBoard system which works to facilitate foot motion naturally through the gait cycle and culminates in a burst of energy at the point of toe-off. This results in a positive reduction by reducing the impact of fatigue on muscles. factor in the designed in sock-liner for even more cushion factor and comfort is assured, the liner also has an anti-microbial capability to combat odor-causing bacteria.
Upper. Durable, foot holding, comfortable engineered mesh with very good breathability, air flow is enabled to support the breathability factor through a shoe tongue which is perforated to allow a flow of air into the shoe. At the heel area is a durable convenient pull hoop for quickly putting on or removing the shoe.
The shoe is very much about quality and the makes have taken into account the need for durability. The shoes offer good durability when used in context. Quality is clearly reflected in the amount of innovative built-in cushion and the positive performance benefits which the cushion system gives. Attention has been given to ensuring a good level of durability for the cushion system. The sole system has good durability and like all shoes, there will be a level of a wear-out factor which will be dependent on how you run, how far and often you run and on which types of surfaces.
A serious investment which is affordable when you factor in shoe performance.
Cloud Pod Cushion Factor
Zero-Gravity EVA foam
Additional traction and surface control
Pay attention to wearing out, below the cloud pods.
6. Merrell All Out Crush Light
Updates for the Crush Light Shoe
A new member of the line up for off road shoes by Merrels, a good functioning breathability upper structure constructed from TPU-materials and tightly woven fabric which results in an exterior which looks stylish.
The shoe DNA is impressive:
TPU synthetic materials.
Upper has elasticity.
Very easy to clean.
Protective toe cap.
Eva foot-bed -resilient foam construction.
Underfoot guard for protection against sharp objects. Good impact absorption capability
M-Select Grip-Outsole - tear resistance capability. Self-cleaning lugs built into the shoe edge
If you're into running light trails then read on and check out our review and see if this shoe should be part of your running gear.
The feedback from runners is that the shoe is light and comfortable, gives good consistent traction on moderate trail surfaces, the shoe FIT remains true, a very nice neutral shoe is available for lady and men runners.
Heel down through to toe has a drop of 6mm, good breathability built into the shoe upper and due to the construction of TPU-materials, the shoe is very easy to clean.
Outsole. Good performance from an outsole from M-Select-Grip from Merrell tech. Made from an abrasion resistant with non-slip qualities and has lugs at 5mm size which gives nice traction on moderate muddy trails.
Midsole. UniFly foam cushion with a protective trail-pad for the midsole, foot impact is evenly dispersed providing ongoing comfort while running on long trails.
Upper. A new updated mesh upper with good breathability, reliable durability, elasticity, a solid cap for toe protection and final stability results from a well designed and traditional lace-up system.
The upper comes with a new design of the combined breathable mesh and TPU synthetic materials. It offers not just the breathability, but the elasticity, durability, and comfort. Merrell also used the traditional lace closure system, but enhanced the toe area with the Toe Protect cap, thus adding protection against sharp objects on tough terrains.
The price is not a budget breaker and this could be a nice addition to your gear for trail running
Comfortable for moderate trail running
Underfoot protection guard
TPU materials in the shoe construction
Some runners suggested more cushion.
Racing shoes are not the simple, lightweight and basic looking clunkers that they once were, now with so much technology, thought, and design put into them. Technology is changing the way we do practically everything, including the way we build our shoes with an increased focus on shock absorption, ease of motion, and flexibility, all with a reduction in weight. The main goal is to allow feet and legs to move the way they naturally should with a barefoot and weightless feel while still providing support to prevent injury and pain.
Beyond anatomical finesse, design also aids shoes in lasting longer with innovative fabrics, weaving, and sole construction. Hot feet and athlete’s foot are becoming a thing of the past with cooling technology and increased breathability with mesh and synthetic fabrics.
The Criteria Used When Choosing The Best Lightweight Running Shoes:
A Guide That You Can Count On, Not Hype.
We researched through countless user reviews and recommendations to bring our readers a comprehensive list of lightweight shoes that offer a variety of features, and nothing that is superfluous. According to seasoned runners, the lightweight running shoe segment is very heavy (pun intended) on marketing terms and celebrity endorsements that can influence a runner’s selection. We waded through the hype and made sure that we selected the absolute best lightweight runners to take the guesswork out of making a great choice.
Selections For Varied Terrain.
Most people associate this category of running shoes with choices that limit you to the treadmill. It’s easy to forget that lightweight running shoes are available for all terrains, and with such a wide selection to pick from, there’s no need to settle. For outdoor enthusiasts and trail runners, we’ve selected some great options with tough uppers and rugged outsoles that can handle anything that Mother Nature throws their way. Tester feedback demonstrated that lightweight footwear can make quick work of outdoor running and provide for a better overall experience. Our goal was to provide selections for all surfaces and running conditions.
No Sacrifice On Cushion Levels.
Another myth that exists in the running world is that lightweight running shoes can’t be comfortable and properly cushioned. Nothing could be further from the truth, and our selections are here to prove that point, with an exclamation mark! Our readers will find that running shoe manufactures have developed smarter ways to cram cushioning in a lighter overall unit. We will give you all the details on foams, gels, and composites and what they mean for your cushion levels. There are some very highly rated cushioned lightweight runners on our list.
It’s important to keep in mind that the breathability of running shoes isn’t just an important factor for runners in hotter climates. Most runners report that they “run hot” on longer runs and that it starts to cause significant discomfort for them. This is why it’s crucial for all runners in terms of comfort and moisture control. Nothing will take the wind out of your sails faster than a wet, sweaty running shoe during the last mile of your run. We listened to what testers had to say about the ability of the footwear to wick away moisture and control temperatures to eliminate hotspots. Runners agree that a light and breezy running shoe can make all the difference in the world.
We Didn’t Forget The Budget.
Be weary of review sites that simply offer a “most expensive” list without taking important factors into consideration, especially for lightweight running shoes. It’s a performance based market segment, and some sites like to capitalize on that fact. We strictly looked at tester feedback and quality materials when making our selections. While lightweight running shoes are typically a little pricier, it’s possible to provide our readers with the most value for their dollar. We will also supply a list of considerations to ensure that our readers don’t “buy more running shoe” than they need for their specific requirements.
This is a crucial component of a lightweight running shoe, and although it’s common for lightweight running shoes to be flexible, it’s important to consider how it contributes to the other qualities of the shoe. For example, most runners have seen the image of a person holding a shoe and squeezing the toe segment all the way back to the laces, seemingly indicating that it’s a flexible shoe. Not so fast. We listened to what runners had to say about flexibility in other parts of the footwear such as the midfoot and the vertical. Taking this into consideration will provide for a natural foot movement and less effort through your stride.
Other Important Things to Consider When Selecting Your Brooks Running Shoes.
A great lightweight running shoe will make your short and longer distance runs a much better experience. No matter which model you choose, you are sure to notice a great change if you’re used to bulkier runners. However, before you go, take a look at the wide range of feedback and data we went through when compiling our selections. This will help you choose a lightweight running shoe that’s right for you. It’s important that you make a selection that makes sense for your purposes and what you plan to do with them. Below you will find some personal factors to take into consideration when making your choice.
Know When To Replace You Running Shoes.
All running shoes, no matter that brand name should be replaced after three hundred to five hundred miles. However, some lightweight running shoes may have less of a lifespan because of materials with less durability. It’s important to remember that even if the shoes look like they’re in good visual condition, the amount of wear on the outsoles and midsole fit can significantly loose their integrity beyond three hundred miles. Most seasoned runners keep a detailed journal with the approximate mileage and time of ownership of their running shoes. You’re not just making an investment in your footwear, it’s also an investment in your health and safety.
Make A Selection For Your Run Length And Body Type.
According to most runners, shoes with higher motion control or stability are perfect to longer distance runners and heavier runners alike. This will help with the durability and ensure the runner that materials that are responsible for cushioning and shock absorption hold up under additional weight or loner runs. Our guide is sure to mention this when providing additional information on the listed footwear. Lightweight running shoes are more than capable of giving runners the motion control and stability they require.
Will You Be Trail Running Or Road Running?
Most novice runners make the mistake of choosing one pair of “do it all” running shoes. This is a mistake for several reasons, but it’s a bigger mistake when you’re choosing lightweight running shoes. Remember that running shoes that are non-trail rated can be dangerous when encountering loose pebbles or stones, jagged rocks, and muddy puddles. Trail runners are purposely built to give added traction for outdoor surfaces, foot protection from sharp edges, and waterproofing materials for inevitable puddle splashes. Additionally, road running shoes will not last as long if taken out on technical trails that they are not suited for. Make sure that your selection matches the terrain that you plan on running on, our guide has excellent choices for outdoor runners.
We’ve Got Style, But Don’t Buy Running Shoes Because Of Trends.
If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis or other forms of foot conditions, buying shoes based on looks or trends might make your condition worse. Lightweight running shoes are a good option because they are better for your foot health than their trendy “barefoot” running counterparts. You need a drop off that will absorb shock and provide your heel with protection. Runners do not get that with flat soled running shoes. We have provided selections with great style and design that look great while providing runners with the protection and performance they need.
We’re confident that by taking some of these factors into consideration when making your choice, you’ll find a lightweight runner that is perfect for you. Before you get out there, we’ve also compiled some frequently asked questions that commonly arise when searching for a new lightweight running shoe.
Q: I’ve got a “lucky” pair of running shoes that I use on all marathons, can’t I just keep using those?
A: Not a great idea. In fact, the only thing “lucky” about them is that they haven’t caused you an injury yet. Lightweight running shoes are great for marathons and long distance running, but they need to be replaced. If you’ve passed the three hundred mile mark, take a look at the outsoles for excessive wear. Also, listen to your body. If you no longer feel the same cushioning and support and your impact is hard, it’s time to replace.
Q: How do I know if I have a good fit?
A: First, know this: department store fit is NOT great running fit. Quite simply, you need to run. As you run you should be checking for stability, cushioning, and comfort. Remember that seasoned runners never buy their running shoes from a department store for good reasons. Higher mark ups and no help with authentic running needs. With today’s online buying and returning convenience, you have the ability to test out footwear in the real world.
Q: How do I know if I need more stable footwear?
A: Try standing on one foot while you have no shoes on. Do you feel that your foot is moving a lot and struggling to keep your body balanced? If so, make a running shoe selection that offers higher stability. This will help keep your gait consistent.
Q: I’m planning on going out on a non-technical trail; what should I look for in my running shoes?
A: Grip and protection. What’s offered on our trail rated selections is more than adequate for some uneven terrain with minimal debris. Some things to consider: they will get dirty, especially the breathable upper fabric. Another consideration: if you’re going to encounter hazardous debris (such as jagged rocks), you may want to go with a trail runner for safety’s sake. Look for selections with rock barriers and toe protection.
Q: Lightweight racers feel great, can I use them all the time?
A: Wouldn’t recommend that. Lightweight running shoes are great for competitions and interval training. They are also the shoe of choice for gym workouts and short training sessions. However, they should be an individual tool in your toolbox of specific running shoes. Putting too many miles too often on lightweight runners will decrease their lifespan and cushioning levels. If you plan on running for back to back days, consider buy two pairs to allow their cushioning and support materials to “spring back” from prolonged wear.
This was our approach when selecting the right pair of lightweight running shoes. Remember that selecting the right pair of running shoes is an investment and making a selection that is based on personal use and needs is crucial. We hope this guide provided you with all the information you need when making you choice between form and function. Thanks for following along with us. Now make the perfect selection for you and keep running!
Here are some sources we used while conducting our research
It’s important to use a wide variety of sources to ensure quality information. We like to utilize trusted running enthusiasts and manufactures when providing our readers with the most up-to-date statistics found in all our buying guides. We are also very interested in taking what everyday users have to say about specific products, and we perform our due diligence to make sure that quality research goes into every guide. Here are some sources which helped us with this guide: