Running on ultra-plush, inflated-looking shoe outsoles may be trendy, but it's probably not making a difference in your economy or efficiency, according to new research from the University of Nevada. That said, they can make your workouts more comfortable. And that's pretty huge. After all, comfort is the only factor you should consider when choosing the right running shoes for you, per research from the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
There's not enough evidence to prove maximalist running shoes can safeguard your joints from injuries or reduce soreness from impact. And to play Devil's Advocate, minimalist shoes make you more cognizant of your form, reducing how heavily you strike the ground, and positioning your strides so you fall more on the ball of your foot than the heel (though we don't recommend barefoot running—practically ever). But, if you've got any foot injuries, suffer from joint pain, or generally like the feel of a more cushioned ride, we've got six pairs of running shoes that fit the bill.
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