The 3 Best Running Shoes, According to a Podiatrist

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For many of us, the start of a new year means getting back into a workout routine to help us feel our best. But wouldn’t it be so much more bearable if our running shoes didn’t leave us with achy arches after 15 minutes on the treadmill?

It turns out that the wrong pair of sneakers can not only pinch our toes but also lead to injury if they’re not providing sturdy support. So we spoke with podiatrist Miguel Cunha, D.P.M., founder of Gotham Footcare, for his take on the all-time best running shoes.

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1. Asics Gel-kayano 27

We’ve seen this running shoe on everyone from marathoners to 5K trainers for good reason: They’re comfortable and supportive, and they come in a range of cute colors that you may even want to wear on rest days. Dr. Cunha explains, “This shoe is designed with gel technology that provides superior cushioning and shock absorption, while incorporating exceptional durability and motion control. They also include a 3mm thick midsole to decrease tension placed on the plantar fascia (the thick, web-like ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot) and the Achilles tendon.” If you want to feel like you’re running on clouds, these are the sneaks for you.

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2. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11

Another popular choice on the running trails, these New Balances feature foam instead of gel for a soft yet supportive shoe. Dr. Cunha says, “The outer sole of this sneaker is designed with strategically placed flex grooves to help maintain traction and durability for a smoother stride.” And while this pair has plenty of cushion, it doesn’t lack in necessary support either, and it delivers all that in a light-as-air shoe. The breathable fabric will help keep sweat at bay, so your feet won’t be quite as stinky as usual after a few miles.

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3. Saucony Women’s Peregrine 11 Trail Running Shoe

Outdoor runners need sneakers that adapt to the landscape, and this pair by Saucony fits the bill. Dr. Cunha picked them for that exact reason, stating, “They're lightweight and engineered with deep flexible grooves that help maintain your speed and footing on rough and rugged terrain.” We love that they look high tech without being super bulky.

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