The Best Running Shoes

Shoes are, without a doubt, the most important piece of running equipment. We want to help you make the perfect choice with your own circumstances in mind. At Six Minute Mile, we've researched tons of shoes, and we've split our favorites into a few categories. If you have an idea of what you're looking for, check out these categories. If not, we've listed our overall top 5 choices below.

The Best Road Shoes

Shoes are the most important piece of running equipment. There are hundreds of shoes on the market from all sorts of brands claiming different benefits. We've done the work for you by highlighting our favorites for all types of runners, so you can feel comfortable that your making the right choice.

The Best Trail Running Shoes 

Trail running shoes work well for a variety of activities. If you like the outdoors, we really recommend you try trail running, and maybe invest in a pair of shoes. Trail running shoes are great for hiking as well, and recently, many expert hikers are dropping the heavy boots for a maneuverable pair of trail shoes.


The Best Track Spikes

If you enjoy running, track workouts and events can provide a new hobby while helping you take your fitness to the next level. And if you enjoy hitting the track, a pair of spikes can really make a difference in your speed and comfort. We recommend the investment, so we've highlighted the best performers for any budget.

Our Overall Favorites

Reebok Floatride Run Fast

The fastest shoe you can buy right now is the controversial Nike Vaporfly 4%. However, they cost $250 and are very hard to find. This is, in our opinion, the next best thing. It's pebax foam is lighter than standard EVA foam, but also provides great support and superb energy return. If you want a top performance shoe in a mid price range, try the Floatride Run.

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Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo

Nike has been making the Pegasus forever (this is the 35th iteration). Throughout its lifetime, the Pegasus has been a go-to trainer with excellent support and long distance capabilities. However, it's always been on the heavier side. With the Pegasus Turbo, Nike changed the foam, creating a shoe that lives up to its history as far a durability and comfort, but feels more similar to a speed shoe in weight.

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Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4

As far as Nike trail running shoes go, these are our favorite. It's overall durable, with a breathable shell and a rugged outsole for multi-surface traction.

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Saucony Peregrine 8

The thick midsole allows for comfort along with good energy return. The rubber is durable and provides excellent traction

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Nike Zoom Superfly Elite

This shoe won this list for two reasons: the spikes and the Flymesh upper. Nike took an innovative approach for the spike plate, using a new pattern with 8 removable spikes. Runners have loved this approach, especially for short distances. Also, the redesigned Flymesh upper has recieved widespread praise. Reviewers have said its very comfortable, even when worn against bare skin.

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Why do we do product recommendations at Six Minute Mile?

At Six Minute Mile, our staff likes sharing some of their favorite products. Sometimes we get paid if you actually buy one of these items -- usually about enough to buy a small coffee and a cruller at Dunks. Mostly, we just like sharing stuff we’ve tried and liked. Or stuff that’s such a good bargain that you can’t not like it.

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