When it comes to working out, the right support underfoot is critical. Sneakers are designed for the exercise’s main movement patterns: Running shoes are engineered for front-to-back steps; cross-trainers are built for side-to-side bursts. The wrong choice could lead to discomfort or even injury. Check out which men’s shoes local experts are raving about.
For Everyday Running
Finding the right mix of cushion and support can be a tall order. But Adidas Supernova Boost Sequence 7 nails it. A layer of springy foam is combined with a stiffer outsole. “The result is a shoe that has fantastic responsiveness, but still feels firm and efficient,” said Ellen Copeman, owner of Lynbrook Runner’s Stop. $130; Lynbrook Runner’s Stop.
For Distance Running
The New Balance 880v4 has a leg up on the long-distance road shoe competition. “It’s a good blend of cushioning without being too bulky, perfect for a long day out on the road,” said Brendan Barrett, co-owner of Sayville and Smithtown Running Company. A neoprene patch allows runners to adjust the fit without disrupting the laces. $115; Sayville Running Company.
The INOV-8 f-Lite 240 is designed for the athlete who runs, jumps, lifts weights and more. Copeman said this British brand designed a shoe for CrossFit enthusiasts who want to scale climbing walls, do some box jumps and then run a mile or two. A specialized outsole helps with rope climbing. $129; Lynbrook Runner’s Stop.
For Trail Running
At just 9.5 ounces—most trail running shoes are around 10-12 ounces—the Mizuno Wave Kazan is impressively lightweight for footwear that’s so protective. The sole combines both rugged traction and unexpected flexibility for gravel, grass, mud and sand. “It’s got a smooth transition and handles a variety of surfaces well for the mix of trails with stretches of pavement,” said Barrett. $120; Sayville Running Company.
For All-Weather Racing
The lightweight-yet-sturdy Saucony Fastwitch 6—just 6.9 ounces—won’t be weighed down even if drenched, thanks to drainage holes in the midsole. They’re a real boon to frequent runners, since races are generally held rain or shine. They might also help triathletes. $90; Sayville Running Company.
Lynbrook Runner’s Stop
20 Atlantic Ave, Lynbrook, (516) 568-7333
Sayville Running Company
49 Main St, Sayville, (631) 589-5700
91 E Main St, Smithtown, (631) 780-6591