I hope you’re not running in bulky shoes. (Looking at you with the side eye.) I’m not saying you need to wear the five finger, uber-minimal shoe, but your shoes should be as light as they can be for you. If you’re guilty of having too much shoe on your shoe, it’s time to trim the fat.
But trim the fat gradually. You’ve spent most of your life wearing bulky shoes so there may be discomfort in the beginning. It’s a change. Give your body time to adapt. Having said that, if you still feel discomfort after the break-in period, you might need to try a different shoe.
If you’re in the market for a lighter shoe (and you should be), these shoes will work great for running. They will also suffice for other activities, such as bootcamps, strength training, elliptical training, etc. The shoes I’ve listed below (also seen in first image) have varying degrees of support so you can find something that works for you.
Note: When moving to a lighter shoe, consider the health of your feet, i.e. flat arches, weak ankles, bunions, etc. Find the shoe that works for you. When you do, may you soar above the crowd.
1. New Balance WT101 (good for trail running) 2. Adidas Running Adizero Cadence 3. Mizuno Wave Universe 3 4. Mizuno Wave Ronin 3 (men sizes only) 5. Nike Zoom Streak XC 2 (great for cross country) 6. Brooks Green Silence 7. Saucony Grid Type A4 (very minimal) 8. Brooks T6 Racer 9. Inov-8 (not shown above; click here to see)