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The Top Running Shoes Revealed

Product rating powerhouse Consumer Reports has tested 205 pairs of men's and women's running shoes in an effort to find the best. Overall they found that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero+2 (pictured here) was the best running shoe for men ($120) and women ($120). Not only does it have excellent cushioning, but it also was praised for its quality fit. Unfortunately, like most running sneaks, the price tag is a little steep.

If that's a little too pricey for you right now, the Champion Wonder C9 ($28) was the most cost effective woman's running sneaker that made number 23 on the list — the shoe scored high points for being lightweight and flexible. What's more? You can buy it at Target!

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RunnerGirl17 RunnerGirl17 9 years
Hey guys! Wow so beautiful and great to finally see some Nike Air Zoom Vomero +2 recognition on fitsugar! I cannot tell you how wonderful they are. So this one day when me and my boyfriend has just had this huge blow out fight and he was coming at me with every kitchen appliance (knives, blender, etc.) the Nike Air Zoom Vomero really enabled me to sprint the heck out of my house. He really is such a jerk you guys. If anyone is single, then maybe we could go on a date. Running would be great. I love going to birthdays with vanilla cake and strawberry icing, I love cleaning cat litter boxes because of the feeling of sorting out my life that I get from scooping and throwing away, and I love putting creative spins on all of the FitSugar blogs (for example, I changed the 100 push ups in 6 weeks to 100 push ups in 6 minutes) Needless to say, my head blood vessels ruptured. But it's okay because with Nike Air Vomero shoes, nothing's stopping me. Love you all. Call me. Please. Comment my page!! I love comments! xoxo guys! Bye! okay for real now, Bye! haha BYe! Bye! oh gosh BYE! Comment! xoxoxoxoxoxoox Bye! haha ! bye! ;). LOL! LYLAS!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Yeah, I think I'll go with Runner's World over Consumer Reports any day when it comes to running shoes! I love my Asics because they seem to fit my feet really well and give me enough support (I'm an overpronator). I actually don't usually care for Nikes because I've found them to be cheaply made and overpriced.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
I've been looking for running shoes.. I think I'll give these a try next time I'm in store!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I'm an Asics girl but I love Nike's large toe box. I have big feet...
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
runnergeek- actually this nike shoe (the men's version at least, i dont know anything about the women's) is definitely a great running shoe, surprising enough! my fiance used them for about a year and a half, until they narrowed the sole a little too much for his liking. it was also recomended by our local running shop... i still wouldnt trust consumer reports for the end all say all of running shoes.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
i agree with cmd.... aint no way i am trusting consumer reports over runners world!
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
runnergeek- I run in the GT 2130 too! I just got them about a month ago- used to be a Mizuno runner but the GT's are better than any Mizuno I've ever tried.
bunsushi bunsushi 9 years
ehhh...I agree with squirrellypoo. Trust Runners World or even better, your local running shop to get your shoe, not Consumer Reports. I love my Brooks...which were cheaper than this Nike recommendation!
NYKnowItAll NYKnowItAll 9 years
I literally just bought these shoes two weeks ago, and I am in LOVE with them. I do not like spending money, but when you run regularly, you need something that fits well and is geared to your natural gait! And for me, this shoe does exactly that!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I like my Asics Gel Kahanas.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
Nike? come on now. agreed with the others about consumer reports. i personally prefer Asics GT 2130
squirrellypoo squirrellypoo 9 years
"Best"? How can they possibly choose any "best" running shoe when every person's feet and gait are different? The only "best" recommendation any runner should EVER trust are from a running shop that watches exactly how you run. Any kind of sweeping generalisations like this are just going to end up injuring people.
MDA-Guy MDA-Guy 9 years
I'd have to agree with cmd. Consumer reports is great for appliances and lawnmowers, but Runner's World is wholly devoted to the subject.
culinarygirl culinarygirl 9 years
They are on sale at Nordy's for $89.90! That's a good deal!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I just bought some new shoes, $90 Brooks that were on sale for $40! That's what i'm talkin about!
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
Hmmm I'll trust the Runner's World shoe issues better than Consumer Reports- I believe them more when it comes to cars and such . . . but running? Also what does "quality fit" mean? Every runner will have a different idea about "fit" bc every person has a different foot (well two different feet!).
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
Personally I can't wear anything besides Spiras. A lot of my customers love Brooks and Asics, too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That's MY shoes!
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