There is absolutely no such thing as the best running shoe. As much as all runners do want tips on which is the better running shoe, it's just not really easy to name one. There is certainly most likely a best running shoe for each individual runner, although not a universal one shoe that is best for all athletes. The plethora of running shoes currently available is greater than it has ever been. At one end of the market there are the minimalist athletic shoes with very little support and shock absorption. At the other end of the market are the different maximalist athletic shoes with the very cushioned running shoes. The range between these two extremes has not been greater with over 100 manufacturers of running shoes, with every producer having anywhere from one model to in excess of 20 models, which means that there are more than several thousand various running shoes on the market for the athlete to select from. That presents quite a dilemma for the runner looking to select a running shoe for themselves. To further complicate things are that each of the running shoe models have distinct design attributes that can affect different runners in a different way.

Different athletic shoes will achieve different effects. The minimalist athletic shoes will interfere very minimally as to enable the foot to move, whereas other shoes are created to have an effect on movement and biomechanics. For eg, the Airia running shoes have a slant or tilt underneath the forefoot that can have significant effects on the way the foot moves. The Hoka One One athletic shoes have the maximum amount of padding. Athletes will need to try on a range of distinct footwear in the spectrum and pick the shoe which best meets what they think and believe about running and what most closely fits their running style or technique The advice from a speciality running shoe retailer is valuable for this.