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The 15 Best Running Shoes of 2022

August 12th, 2022 | 6 min. read

The 15 Best Running Shoes of 2022
Mike Eskridge

Mike Eskridge

PT, MSPT, Founding Partner

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Shoes are a vital piece of equipment for every runner because it is the only equipment involved in the sport. Depending on your running goals and budget, it is easy to become overwhelmed when deciding what shoes you need. You could try to order something online, but sometimes ordering off of blind faith does not end in success. So how do you know that you’ve ordered the right shoes the first time? 

 

Many online sources claim to have a list of the best shoes, and even those can be difficult to comb through. To aid you in your research, we have compiled our list of the best based on well-known and reputable sources. With our Run program at EW Motion Therapy, our goal is to help Birmingham and Tuscaloosa runners of any age and ability work toward their goals while enabling their bodies to run for a lifetime. We can provide some recommendations for the best shoes as physical therapists and runners, but we often send our runners to our friends at Trak Shak to get custom fittings and personalized advice. Even if you do not pursue our Run program, we still want to present this shoe list as highly-rated options for your next pair. 

 

This article compiles a list of 15 pairs of highly-rated running shoes, with price points and links for each. With this information, you can continue your research and hit the ground running. 

 

The Top Running Shoes of 2022 

 

Top 5 Neutral Shoes

 

  • Brooks Ghost 14

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: Brooks Ghost 14

 

  • Mizuno Wave Rider 25

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: Mizuno Wave Rider 25 

 

  • HOKA Clifton 8

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: HOKA Clifton 8

 

  • ON Cloudflow 3.0

Average retail price: $139.99

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: ON Cloudflow 3.0 

 

  • New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v12

Average retail price: $134.99

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v12

 

Top 5 Stability Shoes 

 

  • HOKA One One Arahi 5 

Average retail price: $130.00

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: HOKA One One Arahi 5 

 

  • Altra Provision 6 

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: Altra Provision 6 

 

  • Asics Gel-Kayano Lite 2

Average retail price: $160

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: Asics Gel-Kayano Lite 2

 

  • Saucony Guide 15

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: Saucony Guide 15

 

  • Mizuno Wave Inspire 18 

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: Mizuno Wave Inspire 18

 

Top 5 Motion Control Shoes 

 

  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Average retail price: $140

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22  

 

  • Asics Gel-Kayano 29 

Average retail price: $160

Available for men and women in multiple colors 

Buy it here: Asics Gel-Kayano 29 

 

  • ON Cloudstratus 

Average retail price: $169.99

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: ON Cloudstratus 

 

  • Diadora Mythos Blushield Vigore 

Average retail price: $170

Available for men in two colors

Buy it here: ​​Diadora Mythos Blushield Vigore

 

  • Topo Athletics Ultrafly 3

Average retail price: $130

Available for men and women in multiple colors

Buy it here: Topo Athletics Ultrafly 3

 

What should I look for in a running shoe?

Now you have a list of the top 15 running shoes of 2022. If you are a beginner runner, it is crucial first to determine what kind of running shoe best suits your feet before you invest in a pair. A few factors can influence that, including how flexible your feet are and the surfaces you most enjoy running on. 

 

If you are ready to buy, you can order your pair of choice online, or you could visit a running shoe store to chat with an expert and get a personalized fit. We send our Birmingham and Tuscaloosa runners to our friends at Trak Shak, and we also have many other options locally. If you think you need to move and run better before buying more shoes, fill out our Run program self-assessment to see if our services fit your needs.


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