Athletic shoes for either running or jogging are classified as running shoes. Whether you jog at a slow pace or run sprints, you need the right running shoe for the shape of your foot. If you have flat feet, they will strike the ground on the outside of your heel and roll excessively inward, which is called overpronation. A natural foot shape is ideal, but only about 10 percent of people have flat feet. A foot with a high arch, also called supinated, is a rigid foot that underpronates and doesn't roll inward enough to absorb shock. Ten running shoes for men, recommended by independent review sites, will give you excellent options regardless of your type of foot.
Neutral and Mild Pronation
If you are one of the 10 percent of the population with neutral feet, or if you have somewhat flat feet with only moderate pronation, a stability shoe should fit you nicely. Running Shoes Reviews and Ratings selects three shoes as the best for neutral runners or mildly pronated runners: the Brooks Adrenaline GTS, the Asics Gel-Kayano Series, and the Nike Air Zoom Structure. Consumer Search also selects the Brooks Adrenaline GTS as a best-bet in this category. Another pick from Consumer Search is the NIke LunarGlide, a lightweight shoe that also provides good stability.
If you have high arches and underpronate, you need a running shoe with extra conditioning, since your feet will take more of a beating because of their rigid nature. Running Shoe Reviews and Ratings recommends the Adidas Supernova Cushion 7, with cushioning particularly in the arch area to protect against foot strain. A second choice in the category is the Nike Pegasus. Consumer Search also recommends two shoes in this category: the Brooks Glycerin, which uses liquid gel instead of foam for conditioning, and the Saucony ProGrid, a relatively inexpensive shoe with a higher heel and more cushioning to lessen impact.
People with flat feet are subject to extreme overpronation, which can injure the heel and arch. If you have flat feet, outfit yourself with a motion-control shoe. The Mizuno Alchemy 9, which helps control the inward rolling of your feet, is the pick of the litter in this category, according to Running Shoe Reviews and Ratings. Consumer Search recommends the Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS, a motion-control shoe that controls pronation without feeling heavy or uncomfortable.
Dick's Sporting Goods recommends replacing your running shoes every 400 to 500 miles, or sooner if the soles are warn or uneven. Don't assume your foot size is the same as it used to be. Feet tend to grow over time. Also, sizes are not standardized among all manufacturers, see if you can return shoes that don't fit correctly. There should be a thumbnail's length of space between the top of your longest toe and the tip of the shoe. It's OK if your heel moves, but it shouldn't slip.