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For beginner runners, there are literally hundreds of options when it comes to running shoes.
In this guide we will select the shoes that we believe to be good universal choices for people just starting to run. In case you want a personalised recommendation, don't forget to visit our running shoe finder: answer 5 questions and we will recommend three shoes for you to choose from.
We also put together the video below that will tell you without BS what is important when choosing a running shoe and how to differentiate between them.
Running shoes range in price between $50 and $180 (with some, more expensive, exceptions). You don't have to spend a lot of money on a pair of running shoes - especially your first one, but surely you shouldn't cheap out.
In our years of testing, we identified the sweet spot between price and value at $100-$120.
Shoes in this price range are comfortable, durable and will help protect you from unnecessary injury.
Premium running shoes usually cost $150 or so and what they offer is extra comfort. You'll find premium materials on the upper and soft soles.
It's not a massive extra investments over the mid-priced shoes, but up to you if you think it's worth it or not.
If budget is a concern, there are a few entry-level shoe that we have tested and feel comfortable recommending.
Beware! Many cheap shoes might sacrifice comfort and durability - making your saving not a great deal after all.
If you found this guide useful, have a look at our other ones!
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