1. What you need to know about the sports shoe industry to choose the right running shoes?
  2. The best men's running shoes in 2020
  3. So what should you choose?
The best men's running shoes in 2020
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The best men's running shoes in 2020

There are many moments in a person's life when one has to adapt to the situation: put on appropriate clothes, adhere to certain norms and rules of behavior. For example, going to the gym or training outdoors. Special sports shoes are needed here. This is where the huge, boundless world of the sneaker industry opens up, in which every man will find something to his liking.

What you need to know about the sports shoe industry to choose the right running shoes?

This industry is huge, and the Russian market in this segment offers an impressive number of options available to everyone: cheap and expensive, for different areas of purpose, from different collections, high or low fit, leather or synthetics.

The best companies that make sports shoes for men

Of course, there are many such manufacturers. Everyone knows these most famous multinational companies: Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Puma, Asics, New Balance and a number of others. Their collections are delivered to most of the brand stores around the world.

You should understand the assortment of these companies in order to better navigate this industry.


Adidas is a German industrial company operating since July 1925. Its creator, Adolf Dassler, gave the name to the concern by the first three letters of his first and last name. Now the Adidas company is the leader in the sports goods and services market.
It has its own, somewhat ramified structure of the concern. Adidas production lines are divided into three basic groups.

  • Adidas Sport Perfomance.

In this direction, products are produced exclusively for training, equipped with the advanced technologies of this company, using innovations, and the production of "smart things" is also launched: watches, fitness bracelets and others.

  • Adidas Sport Heritage (Originals).

In this direction of production, Adidas does not present its latest innovations for training and sports. Things are produced that relate to everyday casual style. The main focus is on fashion trends, not new technologies. This direction has been functioning since 2001, although before that there were different preconditions for its creation.

  • Adidas Sport Style (now Adidas NEO).

This direction of production of the Adidas company is characterized by the fact that all the fruits of cooperation of the German concern with the leading, famous designers in the fashion world are collected here. It has been operating since 2002, but in 2007 Adidas Originals and Adidas Sport Style merged, but the logos of the two different directions are still present on sportswear and shoes.

For example, the American singer and actress Selena Marie Gomez became the designer of her own collection of clothes StellaSport several years ago. A special place in this direction is occupied by the Adidas SLVR collection, the main concept of which is convenience, simplicity and practicality - casual style.

Strange as it may seem, but the most demanded directions of production of Adidas among the general population are Adidas Originals. It is there that fashionistas, teenagers find the perfect things for themselves. However, Adidas NEO and Adidas Perfomance are also not slowing down, remaining the same relevant directions of production as a decade ago.


Nike is an American brand founded in 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. Nike has been voted the most valuable brand in the sporting goods and services industry by industry professionals and business analysts. The firm is also the largest sponsor of many multi-sport matches. Several years ago, in Moscow, Nike sponsored a free sports race, the #RUNMSK marathon, which was attended by over a million people.

Just like Adidas, Nike has its own business division as well as its subsidiaries.

  • Nike Golf is a line of sportswear and footwear created specifically for golfing, taking into account all the features of this sport;
  • Nike Pro is a line of sportswear and footwear created with Nike's proprietary innovations and technologies, aimed primarily at athletes and equipment for sports teams;
  • Nike + is a line of sportswear and footwear designed to enable professional athletes to transmit heart rate, kilometers traveled, or temperature to their IPod / IPhone using special sensors built into these sports products. Nike + products are popular with Western professional athletes and even amateur athletes;

  • Air Jordan is a line of basketball apparel and footwear inspired by the success story of former NBA player Michael Jordan. For some time this basketball player was the designer of this collection. There are also some LeBron products designed by the legendary James LeBron.

Fun fact: According to statistics, 95% of basketball shoes in the United States are made by the Nike Air Jordan subsidiary. The remaining 5% comes from Adidas Top Ten and other manufacturing companies.

  • Nike Skateboarding is a special collection of athletic shoes created for skaters. The appearance of these sneakers is designed by famous Western designers. Shoes are produced with the Zoom prefix, which means attention to detail.
  • Converse All Stars is a Nike subsidiary for a long time producing the legendary canvas sneakers with a distinctive lettering on the back and a white / black toe. Many people don't even know that Converse has anything to do with Nike.

  • Cole Haan is a company founded in the 1930s that manufactures formal, formal footwear as well as formal suits and shirts. It is a subsidiary of Nike.
  • Hurley International is a Nike subsidiary that manufactures its own line of sportswear and footwear. The Hurley International emblem is the X, which looks like the zodiac sign of Pisces.

The two companies described above, Cole Haan and Hurley International, are not as widespread in Russia as in the United States and Western Europe. The Russian market has a wide range of sports goods Nike, Converse, Air Jordan.


Puma is a German industrial concern that specializes in the production of sports equipment, clothing and footwear. It is noteworthy that Adidas' rival was created by Adolf Dassler's brother Rudolf Dassler. However, in life, their competition was not visible, and the two companies existed in peace with each other. Unlike the wide range of activities of Adidas and Nike, Puma does not, for example, organize friendly matches or Moscow races.

An interesting fact: despite the fact that Puma and the industrial concern Adidas never competed, two companies were founded - the manufacturers were precisely due to a quarrel between two brothers, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler. It was this event that served as a turning point in the history of the sports industry.

Of course, Puma is not as widespread in the Russian market as, for example, Nike and Adidas.However, in 2016, Puma took part in one of the most striking collaborations in the sports industry: with the American singer Rihann. The result is very bright, extravagant sporting goods that have earned recognition around the world.


A Japanese corporation that manufactures sports clothing and footwear. It dates back to 1949. The idea of ​​creation was to support Japanese youth in the post-war years, to inspire the nation. It was then that Onitsuka Tiger appeared. Today the brand's fashion direction is being developed under this name.

The brand received its modern name in 1977.

Interesting: ASICS is an abbreviation of a phrase in Latin, which in translation into Russian sounds familiar: "A healthy mind in a healthy body."

Today ASICS is one of the five largest manufacturers of sportswear and footwear. The assortment includes sneakers for various sports trends.


Founded in Massachusetts in 1958, the company is now a subsidiary of Adidas.

Interesting! The history of the company can be traced much earlier, as the founder of the family business, which was originally the brand, and an avid running fan, made the first studded shoe in 1895.

The company began mass production of clothing and footwear for various sports after the merger with Adidas in 1985.

Which firm do you like?

The best men's running shoes in 2020

This review reflects both the models that have not lost their popularity, released more than a year ago, and those that are new and due to the technologies used have every chance of success.

ASICS brand


New for 2020. The target audience of this shoe is people for whom running is life.

The unique rolling outsole allows you to jog long distances, for a long time. FlyteFoam Propel - this is the name of the new outsole, it will make the transition from heel to toe smoother, which is important when running long distances.

Soft and comfortable cushioning here is provided by a gel insert, visible to the eye, installed in the back of the shoe.

The top of this model is made of knitted fabric.

The color scheme is black and red.

Cost: about 15,000 rubles.

ASICS MetaRide

MetaRide video review:

  • FlyteFoam's technological solution is a guarantee of exceptional springiness and comfort during long runs;
  • Breathable fabric cover;
  • Effective absorption of impacts when landing on the surface.
  • Narrow focus.

GEL-FujiTrabuco 7

Another new product for 2020. Its highly aggressive look, thanks to its grooved outsole and bold color scheme, already suggests that this shoe isn't just for stadium or “flat asphalt” running. Long distance on rough terrain is the conditions for which the pair is ideal.

A number of applied technologies will allow to create comfort on the leg:

  • Flytefoam Lyte smoothes the moment of contact with the ground;
  • Duomax provides compensation for overpronation;
  • SpEVA 45 - foam structure material provides effective cushioning and springiness.

Cost: from 9000 rubles.

GEL-FujiTrabuco 7

At the same time, there is an opportunity to buy a membrane model (GTX), which will allow not only to effectively remove moisture from the inside, but also not to let it through from the outside, the cost of such a pair will be 1000 rubles more expensive than a membraneless model.

Video test of trail GEL-FujiTrabuco 7:

  • Ideal for long trails;
  • They can be used not only in sports, but also in urban conditions, on streets with poor coverage;
  • Various color options;
  • Possibility to choose a pair with different upper materials.
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Gel-Nimbus 20

This sneaker appeared in the line from ASICS in 2018, it is available in various colors, which affects the value of the pair.

They were originally intended for running, but they are just as good for regular walking.

The sole is made of a combination of plastic, rubber and EVA, the drop is 1 cm. Pronation is neutral. Upper material - textile.

The average cost is 8120 rubles.

Gel-Nimbus 20

Video review of Gel-Nimbus 20:

  • You can choose a model in a classic design or, conversely, in bright colors;
  • The presence of reflective inserts is a guarantor of greater safety when jogging near the road;
  • Breathable upper.
  • Suitable for high-quality coatings, even, without any special flaws.

Adidas brand

Adidas NMD R1

The last few NMD R1s are one of the most popular summer sports shoes, they combine classics and new technologies. Adidas has amalgamated several older models and added a modern design to them in accordance with its own innovations.

The knitted upper fits the leg well, “adjusting” to it. The material is called PrimeKnit - the company's own development. Another feature is the Boost outsole, which cushions well when running or walking. This kind of outsole is also found in the Adidas PureBoost models. Thanks to high quality materials, the NMD is very light and hardly felt on the feet.

Adidas NMD R1

Low sneakers, worn with short socks. They go well with both sports and casual outfits. The only, but important problem can only be the thoroughness of the care of these shoes. You should wipe your sneakers as often as possible so that dirt and dust don't get caught in it. If you do not follow the rules, then in a couple of months the sneakers will already lose their presentation.

Average price: 12,000 rubles.

Video review of the Adidas NMD R1:

  • the lightness of a pair of sneakers;
  • interesting design;
  • convenience in putting on;
  • ventilation holes;
  • excellent foot shock absorption;
  • suitable both for exercising in the gym and for combining with everyday casual style;
  • you can wash on a gentle cycle in the washing machine.
  • the need for careful care of sneakers;
  • with active physical activity, tears on the toe are possible.


This model belongs to the ORIGINALS line, the construction, design ideas and materials used refer to 2000 years. The model is massive in appearance due to the variable white sole. The shoe is wide for a comfortable fit on the foot.

The materials used to create the Yung-1: rubber and EVA for the outsole, nubuck for the upper. Lacing is used to fix it on the foot.

Cost: from 8990 rubles.

Adidas yung-1

Video - review of the "first yangs" and comparison with the 96-01 model:


  • Natural nubuck and design make the model suitable for everyday wear;
  • Variable outsole guarantees decent cushioning;
  • The ability to choose colors, and as a result of the price - the mono version will cost less.
  • The white sole is easily soiled.

Originals forest grove

This model is undoubtedly the most recognizable in the line of this brand. At the same time, its popularity does not wane among people of different ages. It also attracts representatives of the older generation, who remember those first Adidas, which was a real feat to get. And also stylish young people who very successfully put together a harmonious look in casual style.

Interesting fact! The Originals Forest Grove is the Oregon 1984 marathon shoe.

True, today they are complemented by an EVA midsole, cushioning inserts. And the natural nubuck upper has a fabric insert that guarantees better breathability of the foot.

The model is soft, has a standard last. This is the ideal urban shoe.

The cost is from 6500 rubles.

Adidas originals forest grove

Video review of sneakers:

  • Comfortable for everyday wear;
  • Iconic design;
  • Wide range of colors.
  • These are casual shoes, not sports shoes.

If you need to choose exactly "crosses" for running, this will help specialized rating.

Nike brand

Nike Flyknit Trainer

This model belongs to unisex sneakers.It is suitable for those who value lightness, good foot support and uncompromising ventilation in a shoe. All these properties are due to the Flyknit upper with Flywire threads.

Interesting fact! The development of the upper material - a lightweight, durable, breathable fabric - has been going on for 4 years.

Nike Zoom Air units are located in the heel and forefoot for lightweight comfort.

Flyknit Trainer cost - 11,990 rubles.

Nike Flyknit Trainer
  • Lightness, almost weightlessness of the shoe;
  • Air permeability;
  • Adaptive fit due to high-tech threads and used lacing;
  • Good grip;
  • Wear resistance.
  • Suitable for good coatings.

Nike air force 1

Air Force is one of the most popular and recognizable sneaker models in the world. The first pair appeared back in 1982 and created the strongest excitement in the world. The first sneakers with "Air" technology are still on sale in new, colorful colors.

The lining of the Nike Air Force 1 is super soft to prevent calluses and irritation on your feet. The toe-fold of the sneaker is reinforced with an extra layer of leather. The high sole allows for a firm footing, preventing injury while guaranteeing excellent cushioning.

The model is available in two versions: Mid and Low, as well as the SF AF1, the extra high-top Nike Air Force 1. The mid version provides better foot support with an adhesive strap. The outsole contributes to excellent traction on asphalt.

Nike air force 1

This sneaker model is an excellent choice for everyday wear and combination with casual style. They are easy to clean when contaminated. They serve for a long time, the average life of an Air Force pair is 5-6 years. They're a long way from running shoes (the weight of the Nike Air Force affects them), but for gym workouts or infrequent basketball games, they are a good choice.

An overview of this and another model of men's sneakers from Nike is in the video:

  • a huge number of color schemes;
  • suitable both for combination with casual style and for playing basketball;
  • long service life;
  • easy to clean when dirty;
  • reliable fixation of the foot.
  • weight of sneakers;
  • the Mid version can be difficult to put on without using a spoon.

Average price: 7000 rubles.

Nike Air Max 95

From the name it follows that the model was created in 1995 and is still present in many stores. Air Max 95 has managed to establish itself as comfortable and beautiful sneakers. Both in 1995 and now, the design of this pair of athletic shoes seems very futuristic.

The Air Max 95 is made of leather and has a mesh insert. There are also reflective elements that help to notice the pedestrian even in the dark. They sit well on the leg, the instep support helps prevent the occurrence of various problems with the foot. The sole is made using Air technology, which means that there will be small inserts with compressed gas under the foot. This ensures that the depreciation is very high.

Nike Air Max 95

However, sneakers cannot be called light, the weight is still felt. It is worth noting that someone may not like the design, it has both attractiveness and overload of various details. Anyway, the Nike Air Max 95 is a great choice, a good pair of sneakers that will definitely grab the attention of those around you on the street. They are best worn in late spring and early fall.

  • amortization of the foot at the highest level;
  • extraordinary design;
  • comfort and convenience when walking;
  • goes well with everyday casual style;
  • a large number of colors;
  • time-tested quality.
  • Nike Air Max 95 Weight;
  • not all stores have the desired colors;
  • price;
  • undesirable, but can be washed in the washing machine, as due to the bulkiness and weight of the sneakers can damage the drum of the washing machine.

Average price: 11,000 rubles.

How to distinguish an original model from a fake, see the video:

Reebok brand

Classic nylon

The model belongs to the classic time-tested options.Her debut took place in 1991, then the purpose of the socks was running. However, very quickly, the footwear moved into the category of "everyday", successfully complementing the everyday style. The sole of the retro design adds a zest.

Upper materials - suede and nylon. Available in three colors.

Cost: 5490 rubles.

Classic Nylon Reebok
  • Laconic, but at the same time stylish design;
  • Natural suede;
  • Suitable for a variety of clothing styles.
  • Do not differ in manufacturability.

CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave

Sneakers are a novelty of this sports season. Available in four colors. Positioned as the most comfortable footwear for sports. This is provided by a one-piece rear upper, compression material (foam) in the midsole and a cushioned insole.

Toe Tection is responsible for the durability of the forefoot.

Cost: from 8990 rubles.

CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave

CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave Video Testing:


  • Comfortable fit;
  • Not bad amortization;
  • Flexible protector thanks to special grooves;
  • Stylish look thanks to the contrasting color of the sole.
  • Not suitable for off-road running.

Reebok InstaPump Fury

The classic model that appeared back in 1994. The upper is made of nylon and suede, although other options are available. These sneakers stand out for their unusual design. Looking at InstaPump, one cannot say that the design was created in 1994, thoughts about the distant future come to mind.

It should be noted that the lacing is made with air cushions around the perimeter of the entire sneaker. With the help of a special button, air is pumped in, and the sneakers begin to completely hug the foot. There is a special graphite tread and a wear-resistant outsole. Depreciation is not satisfactory - everything is at the highest level.

Reebok Instapump Fury e

The only thing that makes you wonder, "What time of year is this pair of sneakers for?" Although InstaPump Fury has a side vent, it gets hot in summer. And for rainy weather, this hole is already superfluous. Ideally, they will walk in temperatures from 5 to 25 degrees Celsius. These sneakers will definitely add an unusual and mysterious look.

  • depreciation;
  • extraordinary design;
  • an abundance of possible color solutions;
  • lack of lacing;
  • wearing comfort;
  • application of innovative technologies.
  • they are far from being combined with everything;
  • high price;
  • suitable only for a certain temperature;
  • can look cumbersome;
  • an unusual design may not suit someone's taste.

Average price: 13,000 rubles.

Detailed video review of sneakers:

PUMA brand

Cell endura

Model included in the spring-summer 2020 collection. Designed for long-term walking and running without fatigue, this shoe is cushioned by PUMA CELL's honeycomb technology, developed in 1998. The shoe has good grip and flexibility in the upper. All this, coupled with an updated look, harmoniously fit the sneakers into the street-style image.

Upper material - leather and mesh inserts, sole: EVA - intermediate, rubber - outer layer.

The cost is 11,990 rubles.

Cell Endura PUMA

Cell Endura video review:

  • Decent amortization;
  • Good grip;
  • Stylish design;
  • The presence of mesh inserts for air exchange.
  • The model is small in size.

Drift Cat 5 Carbon

A classic of the brand, it is included in the fall-winter 2016 collection, while still not losing its popularity.

The combination of natural and synthetic leather, elegant thin sole and only one black mono color make this pair of shoes a worthy addition to any wardrobe.

Their purpose is motorsport, which means that they will be very comfortable when driving, smooth pedaling is ensured. This is due to the ergonomically rounded heel counter.

The presence of an EVA intermediate insert is responsible for cushioning.

Cost: 6490 rubles.

PUMA Drift Cat 5 Carbon
  • Really comfortable city shoes;
  • Thin sole and rounded heel counter provide responsive pedaling;
  • Classic design.
  • The thinness of the sole can also become a disadvantage - stones and potholes are felt when walking.

Converse sneakers

A popular alternative to sneakers in everyday life and "Converse" in this regard are recognizable and revered by many. Consider one of the most popular models for many years.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II

A real classic in a new way. The sneakers were released in 2015, and not to replace the All Star, but as an addition.

The best was taken and supplemented with new technologies. The top is made of durable fabric - canvas. This allows the sneakers to last many times longer. There are also soft linings that allow you to wear sneakers throughout the day without fatigue.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II

There are two options for the model: high and low fit. High-top sneakers provide more support for the foot and ankle. The insole is made of a special material that follows all the curves of the foot and cushions it well. The sole is completely rubber, which gives the sneaker a longer service life.

Sneakers can be worn with whatever you want, there are no restrictions. The leg does not look huge in them, and the design itself is well recognized. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II contains almost no innovative technology, but it looks and fits better than many similar shoes in its category.

  • light weight;
  • make the leg visually low;
  • quite low price for its price category;
  • minimalistic, but at the same time stylish design;
  • can be washed in a washing machine;
  • only high quality canvas is used in production;
  • wear resistance;
  • can be worn with any outfit.
  • proper care is needed;
  • not suitable for sports.

Average price: 5500 rubles.

Model review - in the video:

So what should you choose?

The Russian market offers a wide range of sneakers for every taste and color. However, first of all, you should focus on your needs. If you intend to continue to engage in active physical activity in the gym, feel free to take special sneakers with excellent cushioning and grip. If you want to buy sneakers to combine with a casual casual style, pay attention to other models that are more free in design and structure. Everyone can find sneakers to their liking!