The Best Running Shoes for Men: Which Pair Is Right For You?
Find the best pair of running shoes to support your goal—whether that’s to complete a marathon or hit the pavement two mornings a week.
Ever ask a friend for a running sneaker recommendation and have them start explaining the differences between neutral shoes and stability shoes? Or maybe they told you about the time back in high school when they had their stride analyzed in order to figure out which type of shoe was best for their foot.
While that friend’s answer may have initially confused you (why can’t they just tell you a specific shoe to buy?), they were, in fact, giving you valuable information. As you likely gauged from that conversation, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to running sneakers. The best shoe differs person to person based on your gait, your arch type, your intended mileage and the terrain you plan to run on, among other factors.
That said, we don’t all know our arch type off the top of our head. But, there are a few factors you can align on before buying running shoes. You know whether you’ll be running two miles or 200 miles each week. You know if speed or distance is your priority. Based on these factors, we are breaking down the best running shoes for men.
If you're looking to buy one shoe for your everyday runs: Forever Floatride Energy Shoe
If you are the man who can’t run the same loop over and over, and instead mixes up the locations and distances you run day to day, you’re not alone! Most individuals would grow bored clocking the same five mile loop Monday through Friday; runners who fall into this camp look to incorporate variety into their runs. If you want one pair of running shoes that will support these runs of all varieties, Forever Floatride Energy is the shoe for you. Forever Floatride Energy is designed for everyday running, and Reebok’s Floatride foam technology (which you’ll find in several different Reebok running shoes) cushions feet while staying incredibly lightweight. This shoe, which is the newest offering of those shoes containing the Floatride technology, also has a mesh upper which provides ventilation. Translation: your feet won’t feel sweaty.
Reebok Forever Floatride Energy, $100; Reebok.com
If you prefer a knit look for your everyday running shoe: Floatride Run Shoe
When it comes to Reebok’s Floatride foam, this running shoe – the Floatride Run – was the model that introduced the technology to the world. Like the Forever Floatride Energy, it has lightweight cushioning, is breathable and suitable for runs of varied lengths and terrains. One of the biggest differences is that this model has a knit upper, rather than a mesh upper. If you're a man who prefers the knit look, the Floatride Run Ultraknit is the shoe for you.
Reebok Floatride Run, $150; Reebok.com
If you're doing speed work: Sweet Road 2 Shoe
Looking to PR your 5K in 2019? If so, chances are you’re incorporating more speed work into your runs. The Sweet Road 2 is a great running shoe for this uptempo mileage. Don’t be confused; these are not race day shoes that will only last a handful of wears, nor are they meant to only be worn by those who consider themselves to have speed. Speed work encompasses any intervals or track work you’re doing in an effort to increase your personal speed and improve your times. Think: 400 meter repeats on the track or upping your pace to a sprint at every third telephone pole when running in the city. The Sweet Road 2 contains a KooshRide Core which is engineered to be long-lasting so your running shoes still feel responsive and cushioned at mile 200 and 300. You’ll be able to run at this quicker pace without having to worry about your shoes wearing out as a result.
Reebok Sweet Road 2, $100; Reebok.com
If it's race day: Floatride Run Fast Shoe
When most people run their first 10K or half marathon, they wear the same running sneakers they’ve been training in for race day. This makes sense as you’ve become accustomed to running long miles in them during your training so you know your feet feel comfortable in them. But, once you’ve run a few races of the same length, if you’re looking to improve your time, investing in a pair of race day running shoes could be a smart option to help you hit that next PR. Enter: the Floatride Run Fast. This running shoe contains the same award-winning Floatride technology found in the Forever Floatride Energy and Floatride Run, but here, that foam technology is incorporated into a shoe that is built specifically for speed. At 5.4 ounces, the Floatride Run Fast is incredibly lightweight which will allow you to feel lighter on your feet during the race and provide a more responsive feel against the ground. Note: the Floatride Run Fast will certainly last you more than one race. While this running shoe is not intended to be worn every single day, you can definitely get multiple races out of them.
Reebok Floatride Run Fast, $140; Reebok.com
If that race is a marathon: Harmony Road 2 Shoe
While the Floatride Run Fast, mentioned above, is an ideal race day shoe, if the race you're scheduled to run is a marathon, you may prefer a shoe with more cushioning. The Harmony Road 2 will provide you with that desired cushioning for the entire 26.2 mile distance. Engineered to provide a smooth, consistent feeling over the course of a long run, the Harmony Road 2 is also a great choice for your longer training runs in lead up to the marathon.
Reebok Harmony Road 2, $120; Reebok.com
If you want sneakers that work for both running and on the streets: Reebok FlashFilm Shoe
If you’re looking for style: Sole Fury Adapt Shoe
If you need comfort and mobility: ZigWild TR 5.0 Shoe
If you’re running through different types of terrain: All Terrain Super 3.0 Shoe
If you want breathability: Floatride Run Flexweave Shoe
Shop Reebok’s full assortment of men’s running shoes.