If this is your first Marathon, it’s possible that your race day will be the day where you run the most miles. For this reason, we recommend to use a shoe with enough cushioning to take you comfortably to the finish line. One recommendation is to race with the same shoe you used for your long training runs . You’ll be familiar with a shoe that served you well while racking up miles and you’ll have no surprises on race day.
1. Brooks Ghost 11.
The Brooks Ghost represents a “Go-To” shoe for many runners. It is a reliable neutral runner with ample cushion for most distances while staying lighter weight and responsive enough to pick up the pace. Pros are Responsive, Breathable, Good Traction. Cons are Narrow toe box, Not as soft as previous models, Upper lacks some structure.
2. Asics Gel Nimbus 20.
Another staple shoe of Marathon training is the Asics Nimbus. Offering a very comfortable upper and soft, reliable cushioning, the Nimbus surely has taken many thousands of marathon runners to their first finish line. Pros are Minimal changes to this update will appease diehard fans, Fit is improved through a progressive mesh upper that allows for a better forefoot fit, Very high construction quality throughout the shoe for a long and durable lifespan. Cons are At $160 MSRP, Asics really isn’t giving us anything new here but the price keeps increasing, Runs small compared to other current Asics models, and the appearance is dated, Very firm, and stabilizing, ride may not work for true neutral runners.
3. New Balance 1080v9.
The New Balance 1080v9 is a high cushioned trainer that offers a lot technologies. You’ll pay for them, but this cushioned shoe will also let you up the pace and get going in your training and racing. Pros are Lots of cushion, Very responsive, Upturned toebox helps stride transition, Upper is supremely comfortable, Breathable upper without openings for dirt. Cons are Heel a little loose, Foam firms up in cold weather.
4. Asics Gel Kayano 25.
The Kayano is Asics’ premium support shoe. Similar to the Nimubs, if offers soft cushioning and a premium, comfortable upper while providing a lot of stability. Pros are There are quite a few new updates which have all improved the shoe, The new two part midsole
Provides cushion, responsiveness, and control throughout your whole run. Cons are The color options are not visually appealing, The sole unit can feel bulky during runs, Price.
5. Mizuno Wave Inspire 15.
The Mizuno Wave Inspire has enough cushioning to take you through your training and your race. It’s a snappy, responsive shoe even though it provides a lot of cushioning – especially under the heel. With a very breathable and comfortable upper, it will be on your feet for hours without annoying you. Pros are Incredibly comfortable and versatile ride, Remarkably durable, Wave plate and midsole compounds give a nice amount of stability and support. Cons are Long break-in period, Looks and feels bulky.
6. Saucony Kinvara 10.
These shoes are (generally) lighter, lower to the ground and with a lower heel drop. They could be your daily training shoes if you are particularly light or efficient, but work great as a race day shoe for runners who usually run in “more” shoe. Pros are Lightweight, Highly responsive ride, Supremely comfortable, Versatile, Smooth heel-to-toe transition. Cons are Unnecessary addition of Achilles “pillows” that don’t improve the feel or fit of the upper, Lack of forefoot traction on wet surfaces.
7. New Balance 890v6.
The 890 continues to be the perfect blend of breathable and pliable upper materials, lightweight and responsive midsole foams, and a simple yet effective fit and construction. Pros are Engineered mesh upper that has excellent, comfort, breathability, and durability, New last improves the fit from previous versions, RevLite foam midsole material. Cons are Heavier than previous version.