Top Running Shoes 2010
Neutral Runners Speak Up

The top running shoes 2010 for neutral runners have always been a cause for confusion. Since neutral runners are the most common type of runners, there are so many running shoes targeted towards neutral runners. Some neutral shoes even offer a bit more cushioning and a bit more support that they can also be used by mild pronators or supinators. All these are just extremely confusing for running shoe buyers.

To put an end to your confusion, here are the three top running shoes 2010 for runners who have a neutral gait.

Not sure if that’s you? Neutral runners are runners who have neutral feet, which refers to feet that are neither flat nor high-arched. In short, this is the normal type of foot. Flat-footed runners need support, and high-arched runners need cushioning. Since neutral feet lies in between these two, neutral runners need a mix of both support and cushioning. Here are this year’s best running shoes that have perfected that very particular formula.

Top Running Shoes 2010 for Neutral Runners

  • top running shoesAsics Gel Kayano 16
  • Nike Air Pegasus+ 26
  • Mizuno Wave Rider


1. Asics Gel Kayano 16

The Asics Gel Kayano 16 has always been known as a premier choice in the neutral running shoe category. This year, it comes back with the 16th edition of the world-famous shoe. Featuring three new major technologies namely the Guidance Line, the Soft Top DuoMax Support System, and the improved lacing system, the Asics Gel Kayano 16 is not slowing down a bit. It is still considered as the bestselling neutral running shoe. The Guidance Line is one vertical groove that runs along the progression line to make the runner’s gait more efficient, while the DuoMax support system provides better support but with a soft top layer so as not to compromise comfort and cushioning. And, as always, the Gel Kayano shows the full ability of Asics’ Gel cushioning system.

Selling for around $120, the shoe is available in a men’s and in a women’s edition, and comes in various widths and sizes. The women’s edition is also 3 millimeters higher in the heel than the men’s version.

2. Nike Air Pegasus+ 26

Before the Gel Kayano came along, neutral runners must have all flocked to the Nike Air Pegasus, which is now on its 26th year. Up until now, a lot of neutral runners rely on the neutral perfection achieved by the Nike Air Pegasus+. And Nike ain’t stopping; it seems to be as dedicated as ever in improving the support and cushioning combination of this shoe.

Newest on the shoe are the strategic upper overlays, flexible and roomy toebox, and a special shaped heel pocket for a snug, more stable heel fit. These features added to the already impressive collection of technologies and features that neutral runners have loved for years including the full-length Air sole cushioning unit, soft foam footbed, breathable mesh upper, segmented crash pad, flex grooves, and an arch bridge for optimum support.

3. Mizuno Wave Rider
Another excellent option is the Mizuno Wave Rider, which provides impressive cushioning, a great fit, and a real and smooth road-running feel. Midsole cushioning is extra responsive thanks to the lightweight copolymer midsole material of the shoe combined with the Mizuno Wave midsole technology that works to disperse shock equally throughout the midsole. The heel and forefoot are then protected by VS-1 thermoplastic elastomer, which is very good at resisting compression for long-lasting cushioning.
The shoe also features Mizuno’s special Dynamotion Fit which makes the upper fit snugly over the shoe while delivering enough flexibility for the foot to move comfortably. This is supported by moisture-wicking nylon linings and the SmoothRide engineering for smooth foot transition.

Other Top Running Shoes 2010 for Neutral Runners

If you don’t find the perfect fit among these popular neutral choices, you can also check out other models such as the Nike Air Zoom Vomero+ 5 and the Asics GT-2150. Your best guides are the brands and technologies of the shoes. Get a shoe from a well-established brand so you will enjoy guaranteed quality and longevity no matter what, and check out whether the shoes have the necessary support and cushioning technologies to make it one of the top running shoes 2010 for neutral runners.


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