There’s no doubt that Downtown Magazine loves staying active; however, a big part of maintaining active is feeling comfortable in your own shoes. Finding the right shoes can take a long time, but there is that perfect pair for each person.

Whether you are training for the TCS New York Marathon coming up or run as your workout activity, finding the right shoes is crucial and can help your performance significantly. Many injuries and pains can be from improper footwear. Comfort comes because appearance, but in some brands, you can get the best of both worlds.

Although many of the better brands offer running shoes that fit a specific foot or alter to a specific activity, here are Downtown’s top brands for running shoes for the basic runner.

Brooks

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 Women’s Running Shoes

Price: $120.00

This shoe is a go-to fan favorite plush cushioning, stability, and fit ensuring a smooth sailing run. It has recently been updated and is softer underfoot and retains a secure, perpetual fit. It is Brook’s #1-selling running shoe and suitable for all levels of women runners, also offered in many different colors.

Rykä

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Rykä Ultimate Running Shoe White/Summer

Price: $59.99

With Rykä running shoes, you are able to perform your best through a breathable mesh and leather upper in a fitness running shoe style. The Ultimate running shoe has soft lining, cushioning insole, precise-return footbed, and a lightweight molded EVA midsole with TPU midfoot shank and dual density heel crash pad with a rubber outsole. It is rated over a 4.5 out of a 5 on its overall rating and is recommended all around.

Nike

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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Price: $110.00

Offered in multiple colors, this running shoe is a popular choice and is Nike’s most popular running shoe. This Nike shoe is the perfect fit for anybody ready to run fast. It features updated Flymesh fabric for exceptional breathability and lightweight, responsive cushioning that keeps you comfortable for miles. The best way to explain these kick: versatile and fast.

Saucony

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Women’s Omni 16

Price: $130.00

Offered in coral and blue, the Omni 16 offers a dynamic fit, comfort in the underfoot, refined outsole design, and delivers the ideal experience for runners who want great support and an amazing ride. It’s support frame offers a lockdown fit with a lightweight feeling.

Mizuno 

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Women’s Wave Catalyst 2

Price: $110.00

Mizuno’s Wave Catalyst 2 is the next wave of fast. It is a responsive performance trainer built shoe for the runner in need of a little guidance. It’s improved midsole allows durable responsiveness and an upper that moves with the foot. It gives every run potential for out of this world speed. This shoe has breathability, flexibility, structural guidance, and shock absorption.

New Balance

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Vazee Breathe V2

Price: $94.99

New Balance’s Vazee Breathe V2 was inspired by the hottest deserts and the toughest heat. It is offered in a variety of colors. It delivers the breathability and innovative heat reflective technology for superior comfort. The mesh ensures breathability through a fresh airflow to keep you cool and has rebound-enhancing foam to help put a spring in your run while feeling lightweight on your foot, making it the best run yet.

Asics

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GEL-Quantum 180 2

Price: $130.00

These kicks are presented in 7 different colors, but all in all, the shoe is made for under, neutral pronation runners. This refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing, which is essential to understand so you are being safe while being active. Along with that, it brings a smooth and more balanced stride with placement of the GEL Cushioning System to diminish shock. Through welded mesh panels, it brings breathability and an overall great fit.

A runner’s world has so much potential, but only if you have the correct shoe.

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