running shoes

Wondering how to shop for your next running shoe? Or are you new to running and looking for tips?

We asked a few of our running enthusiasts at acac and they shared what shoes they like.

“My running shoe of choice has come a long way. The Skechers GoRun Ride 4 has become my favorite shoe for a number of reasons. One of the most important reasons is because it offers a low heel-to-toe offset of 4mm, instead of a traditional running shoe’s offset of 10-12mm. This allows my foot to follow a more natural running gait pattern. I also love how light and flexible the shoe is, yet it provides plenty of cushioning for long marathon training runs. Skechers has not had a great reputation for athletic shoes historically, but it has delivered one of the best running shoes I have ever worn. I’ve been happy with a number of models from Skechers. The shoe can be checked out here:” -Adam Goerge, Personal Trainer

“I order online two pairs of Nike LunarFly Breathe shoes every 6 months.  They are the bomb” -Chris Collins, Membership Coordinator and Group Exercise Instructor

Saucony Ride 7… LOVE my Saucony’s and have worn them since they were Ride 3’s. I will be buying the Ride 8 next round. I buy several pairs at a time, so I always have a go-to pair when my favorites have racked up too many miles. I have high arches and love the extra cushioning in these shoes. They would not be appropriate for someone needing a lot of support or motion control. Ragged Mountain fitted me for these shoes years ago and I’m hooked!” -Beth Cox, Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor


Finding the right shoe for YOUR needs is the key to your success. We found an article by Prevention magazine (click to follow link) with some suggestions as well. If you are not sure what fit you need, your foot type, or have other questions, visit a local expert for running shoes such as Ragged Mountain Running Shop in Charlottesville.

Happy running!