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Top 5 Breathable Running Shoes

Breatheable Running Shoe Review
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Running shoes that don’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 that’s tough enough for daily use can be one of a runner’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 reduce pronation. The Teva keeps feet dry and cool no matter where you’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. The shoe provides both torsional support and motion control. The New Balance 906 includes Abzorb SBS in the heel and forefoot for shock absorbency.

3. Newton Running

Almost all Newton running shoes feature quick drying, breathable open-air mesh that guards against moisture. The Newton Gravity, a mere 9.1 ounces, is a lightweight shoe that won’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 trademarked Dri-Lex lining which has antibacterial qualities to keep your feet dry and healthy. The shoe also features a zero drop heel for a more natural foot strike.

5. Vivobarefoot

The Vivobarefoot may be the most breathable and driest shoe you’ll ever own. It features a removable foam footbed made from bamboo and charcoal and an antibacterial microfiber lining that’s made from 50 percent recycled materials. The Vivobarefoot is a minimalist shoe with puncture-resistant soles and TPU mesh upper.

Whether you’re just starting to run or are looking for your twentieth pair of running shoes, remember you don’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.

Felicia Savage is a content strategist and up-and-coming PR specialist living in Indianapolis. When she isn't tweeting or sharing cool articles, Felicia love cuddling her cat, sipping tea and fiddling on Pinterest for healthy recipes.

1 Comment

  1. George

    March 6, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Which VIVOBAREFOOT shoe are you actually talking about? They make dozens of models!

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