10 running shoes for the new runner looking to get in shape in 2022
Running is a great workout: it helps build muscle, burn calories, and can even add years to your life. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is all about fitness, adding a daily run to your routine could put you on the fast track to achieving them.
But before you hit the road, trail, or treadmill, you might want to invest in a new pair of running shoes. According to research, running shoes should be replaced every 500 miles, so depending on how much wear and tear your old pair has had, it might be time to upgrade.
CBS Essentials has selected some of the best running shoes for the new runner from all the major brands – Nike, Reebok, Brooks, Asics and Adidas included – as well as great options from newer but notable brands such as Veja and On.
Meghan Markle, Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon all wear sustainable Veja sneakers. The French company, best known for its court styles, also makes stylish, durable and comfortable running shoes that look great on and off the trail. The Marlin, a lightweight, high-performance running shoe with good shock absorption, uses eco-friendly materials including Amazonian rubber, rice and sugar cane. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Women’s Veja Marlin, $180
Men’s Veja Marlin, $180
Reebok Floatride Energy 3
Thinking of getting into trail running? The Reebok Floatride Energy 3 offers increased protection and durability for those looking to take their runs from roads to light trails. Made from at least 30% recycled materials, these lightweight trainers feature a water-resistant upper and durable, responsive foam cushioning for comfort.
Men’s Reebok Floatride Energy 3, $100
Women’s Reebok Floatride Energy 3, $100
On, a decade-old Swiss sports brand, continues to make sneakers adored by runners around the world. Designed for running on hard surfaces, the popular Cloudswift style features an ultra-cushioned sole that looks as cool as it feels comfortable. Available in men’s and women’s sizes in an assortment of colors.
Women on Cloudswift, $150
Men on Cloudswift, $150
Brooks Ghost 14
Avid runners love the Ghost, one of Brooks’ most popular sneaker styles. The latest version, Ghost 14 running, offers ample cushioning for a smooth, fluid ride from start to finish and features an updated midsole that responds to your unique stride. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Brooks Ghost 14 for men, $140
Women’s Brooks Ghost 14, $130+
Hoka One One Clifton 8
Hoka One One is a brand consistently rated by podiatrists as the most comfortable and ergonomic on the market. The Clifton 8 is the brand’s most popular running shoe with its streamlined silhouette, breathable mesh upper and foam midsole for extra cushioning while pounding the pavement.
Hoka One One Clifton 8, $140
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike began producing the hugely popular Pegasus in 1983, and the Air Zoom Pegasus, the latest design, continues to be its best-selling running shoe of all time. The brand describes it as a “workhorse with wings”, with its padded support, breathable materials and durable construction. Available in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes.
Women’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38, $120
Men’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38, $120
Asics Gel Cont 7
Those on a budget will appreciate the Asics Gel Contend, a no-frills, high-quality running shoe consistently praised for being the best value on the market. Available in tons of color options and in men’s and women’s sizes.
Men’s Asics Gel Contend 7, $47+
Women’s Asics Gel Contend 7, $52
Adidas Ultraboost 22
A new classic, the Ultraboost is Adidas’ flagship running shoe. It’s as comfortable as it looks, with an ultra-cushioned, responsive midsole and extra foam around the heels to prevent blisters. Available in a variety of colors in men’s and women’s sizes.
adidas Women’s Ultraboost 22, $190
Adidas Ultraboost 22 for men, $120
Under Armor Flow Velociti SE
A streamlined sneaker designed to look like a booty, the Under Armor Flow Velociti SE features a fully rubber-free cushion and sole, providing a lighter ride while still gripping the ground. Available in a variety of colors in men’s and women’s sizes.
Men’s Under Armor Flow Velociti SE, $130
Women’s Under Armor Flow Velociti SE, $130
New Balance Roav Fresh Foam
This ultra-cushioned, lightweight sneaker from New Balance costs half the price of many competitors, but offers the support, comfort and breathability needed to win the race.
New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam Roav, $70 (was $85)
Women’s New Balance Fresh Foam Roav, $70 (was $85)