10 Best Sidewalk Running Shoes

Updated on: February 2021

Best Sidewalk Running Shoes in 2021


UNDER ARMOUR Men's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe, Black (002)/Black, 12

UNDER ARMOUR Men's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe, Black (002)/Black, 12
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Lightweight mesh upper with 3-color digital print delivers complete breathability
  • Durable leather overlays for stability & that locks in your midfoot
  • EVA sockliner provides soft, step-in comfort
  • Charged Cushioning midsole uses compression molded foam for even greater responsiveness & durability, providing optimal cushioning & energy return

New Balance Women's Nitrel V3 Running Shoe, Iodine Violet/Black, 8 W US

New Balance Women's Nitrel V3 Running Shoe, Iodine Violet/Black, 8 W US
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • All terrain outsole
  • Innovative REVlite midsole provides premium responsiveness and durability at a 30% lighter weight than other foams with comparable performance
  • Synthetic/mesh upper

ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 5 Running Shoes, 10M, Black/Silver

ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 5 Running Shoes, 10M, Black/Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Cushioning: Lightweight, flexible response. Surface: Road. Differential: 10 mm. Heel/Toe: 21 mm/11 mm. Built for the low-mileage runner looking for a versatile, everyday shoe. Breathable mesh and synthetic upper materials. Laminate mid-foot cage provides structural support. Lace-up closure. Padded tongue and collar. Breathable fabric lining offers a great in-shoe feel. Ortholite® sockliner provides excellent underfoot support, comfort, and moisture management. AmpliFoam™ mid
  • Please click here for more information about ASICS® Running Technology.
  • The ASICS® GEL-Contend® 5 running shoe has the lightweight durability and superior traction to take your running workout to the next level.
  • Predecessor: GEL-Contend 4.
  • Support Type: Neutral to underpronation.

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes, 10M, Blue Expanse/Heritage Blue

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes, 10M, Blue Expanse/Heritage Blue
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL technology cushioning system - Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 6 Running-Shoes,Castlerock/Silver/Honeydew,9 Medium US

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 6 Running-Shoes,Castlerock/Silver/Honeydew,9 Medium US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 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 Women's Cohesion 10 Running Shoe, Grey Blue, 9 Medium US

Saucony Women's Cohesion 10 Running Shoe, Grey Blue, 9 Medium US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Injection molded EVA midsole provides a cushioned underfoot ride
  • Heel GRID System offers stable cushioning
  • Open air mesh for breathability

Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Running Shoe - Grey/Aqua/Ebony - D - 11.0

Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Running Shoe - Grey/Aqua/Ebony - D - 11.0
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width, "D" = Wide width, "2A" = Narrow width
  • THIS SHOE IS FOR: Neutral runners obsessed with softness and cushioning. Sleeker than in the past, this shoe will appeal to people who love tons of cushion but — until now — haven’t loved the style.
  • SUPER-SOFT CUSHIONING: The DNA LOFT cushioning provides a soft, luxurious feeling underfoot without losing responsiveness or durability, while the OrthoLite sockliner provides premium step-in comfort.
  • THE PERFECT FIT AND FEEL: The plush feel of an internal stretch bootie surrounds your foot and moves and expands with your stride. The engineered mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology only enhance the fit.
  • SMOOTH TRANSITIONS: The DNA LOFT transition zone makes every move from heel to toe feel incredibly soft and smooth.

New Balance Men's 520 V5 Running Shoe, Castlerock/Energy Red, 10.5 M US

New Balance Men's 520 V5 Running Shoe, Castlerock/Energy Red, 10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Injection Molded EVA
  • Data Inspired Upper Design
  • Rubber Outsole
  • NB Response 1.0 Performance Insert
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper with Comfort Collar

ALTRA Men's AFM1855F Lone Peak 4.0 Trail Running Shoe, Gray/Orange - 12.5 D(M) US

ALTRA Men's AFM1855F Lone Peak 4.0 Trail Running Shoe, Gray/Orange - 12.5 D(M) US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Durable mesh upper with integrated tongue
  • Improved, grippier MaxTrac rubber
  • StoneGuard resembles the skeletal structure of a foot
  • Stack Height: 25mm
  • Cushioning: Moderate
  • Weight: 10.6 oz. / 301 g

ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes, 11.5M, Metropolis/White

ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes, 11.5M, Metropolis/White
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • DuraSponge Outsole - A blown AHAR rubber compound for enhanced cushioning and durability in the forefoot.
  • I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) Technology - ASICS design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).
  • SpevaFoam 45 Lasting - Employs 45 degree full length SpevaFoam 45 lasting material for a soft platform feel and improved comfort.
  • FlyteFoam Propel Technology - ASICS energetic foam formulation that provides supreme bounce thanks to a unique elastomer compound.

iPod Theory and the Economics of Consumer Choice

From music players to cars, how price points and features make you spend more.

I won't get all technical with mumbo-jumbo stats and economics graphs. Lets look at this in gradual steps. If the smallest iPod can hold 2GB at $29.50/GB or 4GB at $19.75/GB, that's twice the storage for only 30% more. Lets take a look at the next level up that also includes a screen and video camera. You now step up to 8GB at $18.63/GB or 16GB at $11.19/GB on top of added features. The latter of the two being twice the capacity for only 20% more, or 8 times the capacity of the smallest at three times the price. Not convinced? Go a step further and you're staring at a staggeringly low $1.56/GB. That's roughly twenty times as much storage for each dollar as compared to the lowest version.

What do these ratios and percentages mean to an average buyer? Well they'll probably start at a lower model and after small incremental steps up walk out the door with a model with a capacity exponentially greater and a price not what originally drew them into the store in the first place with the excuse that it's a better buy dollar per dollar than the original.

What's that you say? I said this wasn't about mp3 players? You're absolutely right, it's about product pricing. Where perception of massively increased value with only slightly higher investment is seen there will be massive sales. I'm crazy right? Why wouldn't I want to buy a more "economical" model? Well the simple fact is, price points are not chosen at random, they're picked to make consumers buy up. Their listed prices are not reflective of their actual cost to manufacture. Case and point, again, iPods. A recent analysis of the latest iPod shuffle determines it's actual cost to manufacture including packaging is $21.77. Which is about 28% of the retail price. While the Nano is 40% and Touch 49%.

Thus we can clearly see lower models could be easily marketed for lower prices. Though as it stands you'd think they'd make more selling them and not want to push people up to their larger brethren. Not exactly, while their cost to manufacture is a higher percentage of sale price relative to the lower models, that small percentage of profit made from the highest capacity iPod Touch is more than three times the sale price of the smallest shuffle model. Thus to see the same profit from the sale of one high end model it would take roughly five sales of the lowest model. There you go, case closed.

Not everything is as cut and dry, gradually stepped as iPod pricing. Lets look at this backwards. How about cars? Many entry models start at around $20K, then fully optioned with leather, tech gizmos, big wheels and more powerful engine you're at over $40K. I can see parents using this reasoning to buy their teen a base model vs fully loaded. I mean, really, you can literally buy two base models for that price! Most mainstream cars hover around 50% net profit. This doesn't account for the billions it costs to develop them however. So manufacturers again want to maximize their profits.

As I realized this it made me look at the products I owned. While my car isn't brand new, it was at one time the top of the line. The same can be said for my iPod, Camera, Computer, Printer, well pretty much everything I own. I guess if I fell for it, and I know all about cost vs price, what chance does the average consumer have this Holiday shopping season? Hopefully by reading this you'll have the power of choice. I'm not saying to buy low or high, just buy what you need. If you only need a product to do a certain thing, don't buy a higher model that can do twice as much for only 10% more when you'll never do twice as much. It's just the principal of the thing, isn't it?

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