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Running Shoes: The Perfect Pair

The following article was written by Jessica Getty.

Good footwear provides the basis for a great run! Most athletic shoe companies make shoes in a variety of styles, materials, shapes, and colors, so your options are virtually unlimited. Lucky for animals, most running shoes are naturally vegan, as synthetic materials are much more breathable and readily available. Companies such as Saucony, Brooks, New Balance, and ASICS all offer high-performance vegan options.

Choosing the right category of shoe for your needs is crucial. Some shoes are built for motion control (ideal for people who have low arches or flat feet, which can lead to over-pronation) and others for stability (designed for people with normal to medium arches). Some shoes are cushioned (for those with high arches). Most shoe companies manufacture shoes in every category, which can make shoe shopping a little overwhelming. For this reason, most running stores will have someone who can watch you walk and evaluate in a few moments which type of shoe is right for you. If you take one thing away from this article, let it be to shop by category, not by brand!

Comfort and durability are also important features of any good running shoe. Lots of runners swear by ASICS shoes, which offer lots of support and cushioning. Better yet, ASICS has made it easy to shop for vegan running shoes. All running shoes with “N” in the product code/style number are vegan. Online stores such as Pangea and Zappos also have vegan search features.

Just remember that the average running shoe only lasts between 300 and 500 miles. Although that may sound like a lot, a distance runner can run that far in just a few months! After a shoe reaches its limit, its structure begins to break down, and the shoe should be replaced.

Ready to go shoe shopping? Here’s a handy tip: Try going at the end of the day since that is when your feet are at their largest. If you wear orthotics or inserts, be sure to bring them with you when you try on shoes.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go find your perfect pair! Once you do, please share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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  • ddee says:

    what if i don’t run,but just need a good supportive walking shoe? what are they best types for that? i heard cross training or running is the best for just walking.

  • julie says:

    Thanks, for the information. Could you please let me know where i could get vegan tennis shoes for my 9 year old daughter? I would appreciate. Thankyou

  • Alice says:

    Are nikes vegan?

  • chander kumar soni says:

    love you peta.

  • Dazzle59 says:

    Great advice – thanks, Jessica!

  • Qiao'r says:

    I am a distance runner, usually on pavement and occasional treadmill. I have really enjoyed my first pair of Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 15 Running Shoes. They were run-ready the first time I put them on. I wear med/reg size shoes, and I got mine a half size larger (as do most others who have enjoyed this shoe). I’m happy that I got two pairs for xmas, and they are the super cool limited edition ruby color :)

  • Penny says:

    Brooks are easily the best running shoes available. I won’t wear anything else. The most important thing is fit, support and the right shoe for the kind of activity you are engaged in. There are several sites out there that you can fill in a questionnaire to get the right shoe for you.
    A little known fact: all Brooks running shoes meet vegan standards. (The one exception in the entire Brooks footwear line is the walking shoes.)

  • Samantha Larsen says:

    My husbadn and I run 60 miles a between us & we both have new vegan ASICS , they are the best running show we have ever had and been wearing them for years:)

  • Jackie Lankton says:

    Thank you so much for educating us and keeping me informed about products which do not engage in animal cruelty!!!!
    We are fortunate to have an organization like yours to fight on our behalf for this cause.

  • Kate says:

    Some of Patagonia’s running shoes are vegan and so comfortable.

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