10 Best Running Shoes For Beginners Reddit

Updated on: May 2021

Best Running Shoes For Beginners Reddit in 2021


ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe, Black/Phantom/Mid Grey, 10 Medium US

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe, Black/Phantom/Mid Grey, 10 Medium US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Trail Specific Outsole: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
  • AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.

Saucony Boy's Baby Jazz Hook & Loop Sneaker, grey/red, 11 Medium US Little Kid

Saucony Boy's Baby Jazz Hook & Loop Sneaker, grey/red, 11 Medium US Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • suede and mesh upper for durability and breathability
  • alternative closure for easy on/off
  • light weight eva midsole for cushioning
  • non-marking rubber outsole for durability
  • take down pattern

ASICS Men's Gel-Contend 4 Running Shoe, Dark Grey/Black/Carbon, 8.5 Medium US

ASICS Men's Gel-Contend 4 Running Shoe, Dark Grey/Black/Carbon, 8.5 Medium US
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • ComforDry Sockliner: Removable sockliner that provides cushioning performance and moisture wicking for a cooler, dryer, healthier environment.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.

ASICS Unisex-Kid's PRE-Contend 4 PS Running Shoe, White/Pink/Energy Green, K11 Medium US Little Kid

ASICS Unisex-Kid's PRE-Contend 4 PS Running Shoe, White/Pink/Energy Green, K11 Medium US Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Reinforced Stitched Toe Cap: The outsole is stitched directly to the upper for exceptional durability.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Elastic Laces: A classic triathlon feature allowing a runner to put the shoe on quickly, easily, and securely.
  • Hook and Loop Fastener: Easy on and off.

adidas Kids' Alphabounce EM Running Shoe, Grey Five/Grey Two/White, 6 Medium US Big Kid

adidas Kids' Alphabounce EM Running Shoe, Grey Five/Grey Two/White, 6 Medium US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Bounce provides energized comfort for all sports, all day
  • Engineered mesh upper for a supportive, comfortable fit
  • Tongue and heel loops for easy on and off; textile lining for comfort
  • Sock-like construction for snug fit
  • Adiwear outsole offers the ultimate in high-wear durability

ASICS Men's Gel-Kahana 8 Running Shoe, Black/Classic Red/Phantom, 8.5 Medium US

ASICS Men's Gel-Kahana 8 Running Shoe, Black/Classic Red/Phantom, 8.5 Medium US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Rear foot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • SpEVA Midsole Material: Improves bounce back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown.
  • DuoMax Support System: A dual density midsole system positioned to enhance support and stability, positioned sport specifically.
  • Trusstic System Technology: Reduces the weight of the sole unit while retaining the structural integrity of the shoe.
  • Trail Specific Outsole: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.

ASICS Kid's Gel-Contend 5 GS Running Shoes, 6M, MID Grey/New Leaf

ASICS Kid's Gel-Contend 5 GS Running Shoes, 6M, MID Grey/New Leaf
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • EVA Midsole -
  • EVA Sockliner -

adidas Originals Boys' Vigor Bounce Running Shoe, Energy/Black/Semi Solar Yellow, 11 Medium US Little Kid

adidas Originals Boys' Vigor Bounce Running Shoe, Energy/Black/Semi Solar Yellow, 11 Medium US Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Bounce provides energized comfort for all sports, all day
  • Mesh and synthetic upper provides maximum breathability
  • Supportive synthetic cage for best lockdown
  • Grippy rubber outsole with special traction for trail running

adidas Performance Girls' Vigor Bounce Running Shoe, Tacste/Energy Aqua/White, 6.5 M US Big Kid

adidas Performance Girls' Vigor Bounce Running Shoe, Tacste/Energy Aqua/White, 6.5 M US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Bounce provides energized comfort for all sports, all day
  • Mesh and synthetic upper for perfect trail use
  • Supportive synthetic cage for best lockdown
  • Enjoy the comfort and performance of ecoortholite sockliner
  • Durable outsole with special traction for trail running

Saucony Baby Girl's Ride Running Shoe, Grey/Lime, 10.5 Medium US Little Kid

Saucony Baby Girl's Ride Running Shoe, Grey/Lime, 10.5 Medium US Little Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Leather and mesh upper provide durability and breathability
  • Antimicrobial treatment lining to minimize the risk of odor causing bacteria
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop for a closer to the ground feel
  • Eva midsole delivers on lightweight and cushioning
  • Non marking outsole with tri-flex rubberized lugs strategically placed that cover high impact zones for greater durability and grip

The Transition from Walking to Running: How to Curb Your Need for Speed

This article will teach beginning runners how to develop a running program that can take them all the way to a 5K or even a marathon!

For those who have never been active runners, its best to start by increasing the speed of your walk. If you currently walk for 30 minutes each evening, try and walk the same path in a shorter time frame, or increase your distance. Once you've done this, start adding a slow, short jog every ten minutes. The jog should be only 30 seconds to a minute in length, meaning that during your regular 30 minute run, you will run for only 90 seconds to 3 minutes. After your comfortable with this, increase the length of your jog to one minute for every 5 minutes that you walk. Keep your pace slow and steady, and concentrate simply on finishing the workout.

After a few weeks of this, you'll likely be ready to move on. There are two schools of thought on how to progress from here. In the first, you will run steadily, gradually building your distance. In the second, you will alternate running and walking in short intervals over a longer distance.

Method 1 is more appropriate for those who have a goal of completing a 5k or to simply get some exercise. To proceed with this method, we will continue our 30 minute exercise routine. Warm-up with 5 minutes of walking, then run for one mile. After you've finished the mile, continue walking to cool down until you've reached 30 minutes of total exercise. Gradually increase the length of your run and decrease your walk until you are jogging for the entire 30 minute period.

Method 2 is best for those who would like to eventually run a longer race, such as a marathon. Simply start with a 5 minute walk to warm up, then alternate running and walking in timed intervals. Start with 30 seconds of running followed by 5 minutes of walking, then repeat. Gradually increase the time you are running and shorten the time you are walking. For example, after one week of using a 30 second to 5 minute ratio, try a one minute to 5 minute ratio, then progress to 2 minutes of running to 5 minutes of walking. For those attempting to complete a marathon, a one minute run followed by a three minute walk is pretty standard. As you progress, alternating one minute of running with one minute of walking will help you finish faster.

Using these methods, I was able to complete my first marathon last January. Throughout the race, I maintained a one minute run followed by a one minute walk. After that race, I began running two minutes for every minute I walked, gradually increasing my running until I could run consistently for 13 miles. I hope to complete the same marathon this January, except I'd like to run the entire distance.

The methods I've described here are based on concepts by running guru Jeff Galloway. See his website at for more information.

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