There is something special about a 26.2 mile run that gets people motivated like no other. Marathons are exciting, challenging and, right now, everywhere, for every possible cause. They bring all different levels of runners, from the local charity marathon to the most prestigious of them all, the New York City Marathon. So, suffice it to say, marathon shoes are the key to a successful run or a ‘defeet’.

While marathon distances are the same wherever you go, this 26.2 mile run couldn’t have more diverse participants. The field of runners varies vastly from first timers to world-record holders. Even if we don’t participate, we can still cheer from our comfy couch for everyone from the two-time marathon winner to the newest underdog. 

Three Top Rated Marathon Shoes

For the participants, in preparation for a marathon, there will be many days of grueling, pound-paving running leading up to the big day. We must make sure we are the best we can be for our health and safety. And, since shoes are one of the most important pieces of equipment out there, it’s only fitting that we discuss the three top-rated marathon running shoes for the first timer.

  1. Brooks Ghost 12. Coming in at the top of the list, this running shoe is a must. This is one of the most reliable daily trainer and long-run shoes that offers an unbelievably smooth run. This shoe, worn, should easily last 400+ miles on the pavement.
  1. Asics Gel Nimbus 21. Not far behind the Brooks Ghost 12 in ratings, this shoe offers a redesigned upper for more room. This shoe boasts one of the best tractions as it is quite grippy.
  1. New Balance 1080v9. A high cushioned trainer, this shoe offers a lot of technologies. A breathable upper without openings with an upturned toe-box which helps in stride transition.

Not all feet are created equal, and it’s the same for shoes. Check out the running shoe selection at Dale’s Shoes today. We are able to custom fit for your best running shoe to help that marathon go a little easier. Interested in more about marathons? Watch for our next blog, Marathon Shoes for Beating Your Personal Best.