Our Master Buying Guide to the best running shoes at will help you kickstart the new year as you set realistic goals towards fitness and health.

Our editors have been busy putting together a Master Buying Guide of Walmart’s best running shoes that are comfortable, stylish and affordable. A better you is just steps away with our athletic footwear suggestions for women and men, whether you’re training on the treadmill or pounding the pavement.

Choosing the Best Running Shoes:

  1. Do running shoes actually make a difference?
  2. What are the benefits of running shoes?
  3. What are some good running shoes?
  4. What are the best running shoes for beginners?
1Do running shoes actually make a difference?

A gait is the physical way a person runs. If a shoe is not compatible with your gait, that shoe may do more harm than good. Wearing the best running shoes for you can help enhance your enjoyment of fitness activities and your overall performance.


Avia Women’s Ronda Running Shoes

Great for road runners or gym goers, these ladies’ runners by Avia have cushioned insoles and durable rubber outsoles. They offer shock absorption, stability and traction to help you run comfortably and smoothly on paved surfaces or treadmills. The mesh upper makes this lace-up style for women light and breathable as you work up a sweat on long runs. Available in grey and black.


Skechers Men’s Lace-up Athletic Shoes

Thanks to padded collars and grippy soles, these men’s S Sport Designed by Skechers running shoes can help cushion, support and absorb impact as you run on asphalt, hard-packed routes or indoor tracks. Cool perforated uppers allow your feet to breathe during your daily runs. Available in Navy and black.

2What are the benefits of running shoes?

The best running shoes are designed to give your feet the fit, support, comfort and protection they need to make you a more efficient runner. Consider your foot’s arch shape as well as how and where you run to find the right pair for you.


Ozark Trail Women’s Athletic Shoes

Among our best running shoes for women who love exercising outdoors, these Ozark Trail runners by Athletic Works have rugged rubber soles that offer durability, stability and traction to improve your footing on rough terrain. Comfortable and supportive, this pair of trail runners features breathable mesh and cushioned collars. These runners lace up for easy adjustability and a snug fit as you tackle technical hills and drills.


Dr. Scholl’s Men’s Lace-Up Athletic Shoes

These comfortable Dr.Scholl’s runners for men are designed to help make your jogs more enjoyable. This running shoe is made of leather and synthetic materials with a mesh upper lining that allows it to breathe. A cushioned collar and gel insole help put a pep in your step whether you’re warming up with a light jog or sprinting to the finish line.



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3What are some good running shoes?

Whether you’re focused on speed, endurance, or just moving more, shop online at Walmart where you’ll find many styles of running shoes to outfit active women and men. Our best athletic footwear is constructed using innovative designs and materials to help provide comfort while you aim to improve your fitness and performance levels.

Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Bright Athletic Shoes

From a company famous for designing comfortable footwear, these Dr. Scholl’s ladies’ runners have rubber soles that help to absorb impact as you run. The treads and grooves also help to provide flexibility and traction to enhance foot mobility for runners. Available in grey and black.


Avia Men’s Speckled Joggers

If you need running shoes for men suitable to wear on indoor training days, here’s a pair that features non-marking rubber soles. The modern low-cut sneakers feature a neutral shape and have Avia Comfort Lite insoles that help make you feel great with every stride. Available in grey, navy and olive.

4What are the best running shoes for beginners?

The novice beginning a learn-to-run program may not be ready to invest a lot of money in new running shoes until they get a feel for the sport. When winning a medal seems far off in the distance, a pair of affordable running shoes is a good starting point. Make sure your runners also offer comfort and support as you visualize completing your first 5K race or full marathon.

Athletic Works Women’s Splash Sneakers

If your goal is getting fresh air and fitness, here’s a pair of runners by Athletic Works with mesh uppers that allow your feet to breathe on warm days. Cushioned shoe collars and foam insoles plus rubber sneaker soles mean these Splash kicks for budget-conscious women are designed to help provide comfort as you begin training.


Athletic Works Men’s Ivan Sneakers

A guy wanting to run like a deer (and save a buck) may want to check out these reasonably priced performance runners also by Athletic Works. The first-timer may become addicted to running while wearing these comfy Ivans which are lightweight, breathable and cushioned with memory foam. Available in grey and black.

Ready, set, go! Motivated by and outfitted in Walmart Canada’s best running shoes, your fitness journey begins now. Even if you don’t receive any medals, you’ll feel like a winner thanks to your healthier lifestyle.

See more of Walmart’s Best Running Shoes for Men and Boys so you can be informed as you get prepped to put your best foot forward.

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Kelli Rickard lives just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a senior copywriter and former radio announcer, she’s a seasoned communicator who has written about everything from kitchen spatulas to rock stars to news stories for nearly 30 years. Kelli is a proud Maritimer who loves cooking healthy meals and puttering around the house as her tuxedo-wearing cat supervises. When not perfecting the art of being a homebody, she enjoys trips to nearby beaches and distant shores with her husband, working out, and catching up with friends over great food and wine.