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The Best Running Shoes, According to a Podiatrist

What we wear on our feet makes all the difference in how we move, especially when running or jogging. As a high impact activity, running puts a lot of pressure on the feet and knees and the least we can do is make sure they are properly supported. That’s where a good running shoe comes in – and maybe a fitness tracker to track your progress.

According to Dr. Chanel J. Perkins, a board-certified podiatrist based in Texas, an adequate amount of cushioning is crucial when it comes to choosing a quality shoe.

“Cushioning is a very vital element in running shoes because it’s what helps with shock absorption when the foot hits the ground hard while running,” Perkins said.

She added that a good running shoe tends to be more flexible in the arch, but stiffer in the forefoot, and is generally lighter because it’s built for speed and performance. performance. In short? Try to stay away from super bulky and heavy shoes that will weigh your feet down.

“Look for a running shoe with mesh, which not only contributes to the lightweight feel of a running shoe, but also provides more breathability as feet get hot while running,” Perkins said. “Another quality to look for in a running shoe is ample cushioning in the heel and forefoot.”

Below, find Perkins’ top recommendations for the best running shoes for women and men.

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