The goal: close to a casual shoe, this is what you love to put on for those times after races, when taking it slow and steady, when comfort and support matter more than the time on the clock. Basically, these are the shoes you love to put on and find hard to take off because they feel so damn good.
How to find the perfect one: Ask a sports team physiotherapist, and see what shoes they’re wearing. These are the people working with runners who need the most attention when it comes to recovery, and they are experts when it comes to matters of the human body. Likely the shoes they wear will have comfort and support paramount to their make, and if not, the recommendations of what the physio tells you will likely be great for your body anyway.
One final piece of advice; once you’ve found that dream pair – that pair that ticks all the boxes and is everything you needed – stop looking! If you’ve been spending some time looking up reviews and options, stopping the search (even with a new pair in hand) can be one of the hardest things to do. So try these shortcut ways to find the best pair of shoes for you and be happy knowing you’ve made the right choice - then get out there and run them down, and stop searching (until the next new pair is needed, of course).