Expensive running shoes; are they worth the cost?

Expensive running shoes; are they worth the cost?

Every year running shoe companies are developing new shoes that are supposed to help us avoid injuries, run faster and look better when we are running.

Part fashion, part utility, if you run, you want the latest and greatest shoe according to most shoe companies.

Many athletes are cautious if not superstitious and do not like changes including new models that are replacing the older designs.

A recent example of this was Brook who totally redesigned the Adrenalin shoe with a redesigned model.  So far, the shoe is selling well which has different models.  Currently, the Brooks Adrenaline GT 20 is selling for $129 dollars everywhere.

More recently, Nike made headlines for their running shoe that claims to reduce your running times, after they were able to break 2 hours for a 26.2-mile marathon run using their newest shoe, the Zoom Vaporfly 4% or ZoomX Vaporfly Next% which is about $250 per pair.  Adidas also has its own Boost shoes which can cost upward of $230 per pair.

Are these high-cost shoes worth the cost?  According to a newsletter called The Greatest maybe not.  In fact, all that control according to studies from 2009 shows that the added features may actually increase injury rates and may not improve your running at all.  Running shoe designs are subject to personal taste, foot shape, body asymmetry and other than some cushioning, may do little to make most runners faster or help them avoid injury.

Of course, you may like a shoe for what it does for you and you should buy what you like.   What the shoe itself is capable of doing for you may be another thing entirely.

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Turns Out, Expensive Running Shoes Probably Aren’t Worth It

If you’re a runner, you know that one of the perks of this ultimate low-maintenance sport is that it requires (almost) no equipment. All you need is an open road, working legs, and a pair of shoes on your feet.

But if you’ve encountered injuries, slowed race times, or achy joints post-run, you may have wondered: Maybe I need new shoes?

With a quick internet search, you’ll find that hundreds of dollars can go into fancy footwear for running. Sneakers have become a fashion statement, with celebrity athletes (and even non-athletic celebs) touting their favorite “high-performance” brands.

A stunning Nike ad featuring a toned Olympic distance runner may convince you that, to protect your precious ligaments and achieve your best times, you’ll need to drop serious cash on the right pair. But research and consumer experience tell a different story.

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