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How To Buy Men’s Lightweight Running Shoes

Move the way you were meant to in the latest men’s lightweight running shoes.

Lightweight running shoes are constructed with minimal cushion for an air-light feel as you stride. These shoes promote the natural mechanics of your gait cycle—so you can log miles in comfort. Find the lightweight shoe for your run, and select from neutral, sport-inspired and stability shoes.

Do you trek outdoors or hit the gym for your run? Many men’s lightweight running shoes are specially designed to perform in certain running conditions. Explore industry-leading footwear from brands like adidas®, Merrell® and Nike®.

Buying Tips

Lightweight men’s running shoes feature low-profile uppers and minimal cushioning in the midsole and insole. These shoes often have a low heel drop that encourages natural running motion. The best running shoes may have some of these details:

  • Breathability is a key function for your running shoes. Look for shoes with mesh or perforated paneling, which better allows the natural air flow you need.
  • A responsive midsole cushioning can provide shock absorption without weighing down your shoe. Look for materials including EVA and polyurethane.
  • Examine the toe box of your running shoe. The toe box should provide ample room to allow your foot to flex for comfortable toe off.
  • The outsole of your shoe should be optimized for traction. Some shoes feature flexible grooves that allow your foot to flex natural.
  • An inner sock liner can add comfort and wick away moisture.
    • Expert Advice

      Consider where you will be running. Outdoor runners should look for a shoe with a dense rubber outsole, which provides better durability after repeated foot strikes on concrete. The pattern on the outsole should be designed to provide superb traction.

      Outdoor runners should look for waterproof and weatherproof materials, as well as reflective detailing for visibility. Lightweight trail running shoes are built for running on off-road terrain. Shop the entire collection of men’s running shoes for more.