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Running shoes that donâ€™t breathe make your feet and shoes smelly, cause painful blisters and can affect your ability to run. Many shoes promise great breathability, but every runner needs to choose shoes based on several criteria: biomechanics, arch shape, type of shoe (stability, cushioning or motion control) and activity (road running, trail running or walking). Finding a breathable, well-fitting shoe thatâ€™s tough enough for daily use can be one of a runnerâ€™s greatest achievements. Here’s a look at five worthwhile options.
1. Teva X-1 Control 2 Trail Running Shoe
The versatile Teva features a slip-resistant rubber outsole and a forefoot protection web to create stability while covering uneven terrain, which helps reduceÂ pronation. The Teva keeps feet dry and cool no matter where youâ€™re running, thanks to its lightweight and the generous mesh upper vents and lining. The permeable design allows for quick drying when you encounter water on the trail.
2. New Balance 906
The New Balance 906 is a lightweight trail runner for men and women. Its padded tongue and collar provide comfort and the mesh upper is great for wicking away moisture.Â The shoe provides bothÂ torsional support and motion control. The New Balance 906 includes Abzorb SBS in the heel and forefoot for shock absorbency.
3. Newton Running
Almost allÂ Newton running shoesÂ feature quick drying, breathable open-air mesh that guards against moisture. The Newton Gravity, a mere 9.1 ounces, is a lightweight shoe that wonâ€™t weigh you down on race day. Those trying to remedy pronation issues should consider the Newton Motion. It offers anatomical support strapping and medial posting, which helps with all stages of pronation.
4. Altra Instinct
The Altra Instinct is a minimalist running shoe inspired by barefoot sneakers. Nearly the entire shoe is wrapped in breathable mesh and it features a trademarkedÂ Dri-Lex liningÂ which has antibacterial qualities to keep your feet dry and healthy. The shoe also features aÂ zero drop heelÂ for a more natural foot strike.
The Vivobarefoot may be the most breathable and driest shoe youâ€™ll ever own. It features a removable foam footbed made from bamboo and charcoal and an antibacterial microfiber lining thatâ€™s made from 50 percent recycled materials. The Vivobarefoot is a minimalist shoe with puncture-resistant soles and TPU mesh upper.
Whether youâ€™re just starting to run or are looking for your twentieth pair of running shoes, remember you donâ€™t have to give up performance and durability for breathability. Look for lightweight styles with mesh uppers made from synthetic materials and removable insoles and keep your feet cool and comfortable during your next run.