How To Find The Perfect Active Shoe for You

Running Shoes

Do your feet get sore and achey after a run? What about yours knees and back? The wrong kind of running shoe can cause all sorts of problems from increased injuries to performance issues. It’s important to find the right kind of running shoe for your life, but it’s not always easy! We asked Athleta’s resident shoe expert and buyer, Hilaire, what her top picks were from our selection of running shoes.

The first thing I look at when I meet someone is look down at their shoes. Shoes are essential, not only practically speaking but in the way they can bring an outfit together. Whether training for a marathon or debating pumps versus flats for brunch; shoes are an instant indicator of where a woman is in her day.

I love that here at Athleta, we design for active women. Active is defined by each individual; our goal is to ensure she is supported, confident and comfortable. The same principles are applied to our footwear assortment; especially our performance product. We collaborate with top performance brands to ensure the footwear assortment compliments various activities.

Purchasing the perfect shoe is based on personal preference, but the following tips can be applied regardless of where you fall on the active barometer.

  1. Not all activities are created equal! Know what type of shoe you need. Depending on what you’re doing, the specific shoe you use will make a huge difference. Will you be running on the road, a trail, or working out in the gym?
  2. Get the right fit. We recommend having a professional size your feet. Try different shoes and sizes in different brands – you might not be the same size in each brand!
  3. Stay mindful of how often you train. The mileage you put on your shoes does impact how often you should repurchase shoes. Typically, 300-500 miles is about the average wear on running shoes.
  4. Listen to your body. If your legs are fatiguing quicker the shoes might not be providing the support they once were. If the outsole or portion under the heel looks thin and does not have the same recovery, the shoes are ready for replacement!

My top pics for 2015:



Run shoe: I rotate several running shoes, but currently love the Asics GT-2000 3 in this season’s pop colors; they complement Athleta’s amazing Fall prints. The GT-2000 3 is lighter weight than the Kayano but still provides the cushion, support and stability essential for long or short runs. My other go to running shoe is the Saucony Triumph ISO. The style lines, breathable mesh upper and fun ombre outsole make add great details to a shoe that focuses on cushion and comfort.


Trail shoe: Adidas Response Trail Boost Runner offers a multidirectional lugged outsole inspired by mountain bikes and provides support for aggressive trail running. Still chic enough to wear about town post workout if you opt for mild hikes instead of trail running.


Gym Trainer: I keep two trainers in The Gel-Fit Sana by Asics was an instant best seller last year and this year the geometric. Design continues to elevate and make this light weight gym trainer my favorite. It pairs back to anything, is breathable but provides great support from heel to forefoot.

At the end of the day it’s all about wearing what feels good on your feet. Don’t be afraid to try different brands and models to see which style best compliments your running style and needs.


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