We hope that FirstRun has gotten you excited about taking up running – one of the easiest ways to get fit and healthy. As a newbie who’s looking to get in shape, running provides an ideal workout without any of the hassles of gym memberships or exercise equipment.

All you need are a pair of good shoes that keep you going and maximize your efforts. Don’t be confused by the plethora of options out there – it’s best to start your search at a specialty running store and try on several varieties for the right fit. Keep your first pair simple and uncomplicated, and aim for comfort and support above the rest. We take a look at some favorite shoes among new runners.

Asics Gel-Cumulus 17

The award-winning GEL-Cumulus® series gets a modern makeover in its 17th version, and comes armed with a new FluidRide® midsole and ample Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning units. The use of seamless materials reduces irritation and friction caused by traditional stitches and seams, while the ComforDry™ Sockliner provides cushioning performance and anti-odor properties for a cooler, drier, healthier environment.

Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5

Designed and developed as a lightweight trainer, the Adizero Boston 5 running shoes are built with an energy-returning boost™ foam midsole for a light stride that doesn’t feel over-cushioned. The upper is done in breathable mesh and rides on a grippy Continental™ Rubber outsole, while the molded responsive EVA sockliner gives anatomical fit and great step-in comfort.

Saucony Hurricane 15

The Saucony Hurricane 15 is a full-featured premium trainer with feel of a performance shoe. An 8mm heel-to-toe offset encourages a more forward footstrike, while the cushioning technology provides soft landing but a springy toe-off. A traditional medial post supplies excellent support for overpronation, without making the shoe clunky or interrupting its smooth ride.

Nike LunarGlide 7

The Nike LunarGlide 7 offers a lightweight, supportive fit and soft cushioning underfoot for an ultra-smooth ride. The Flyknit construction on the heel and midfoot and Flymesh on the forefoot provide supportive comfort and ventilation, while the Dynamic Support platform in the midsole provides stability without adding weight for ultra-smooth transitions. Additionally, the Flex grooves in the shoe promote more natural range of motion.

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