Does Having a Good Looking Running Shoes Help You Run Fast?

(Last Updated On: November 6, 2019)

It’s really not dependent if the shoe looks good or not as to whether a person will run faster or not. The shoe has to be constructed especially for running. It has to be firm and has good support for the tendons and Achilles heel to help the person run at their best. Each person is gifted with a certain amount of speed and purchasing a new pair of good-looking shoes will not help a person run faster.

But you do want to purchase a pair of shoes that will support your feet and keep your feet from hurting while you run. The last thing a serious or long-distance runner needs is for shoes that will not support their feet while they run. A marathon runner needs shoes that will support the feet for a long distance endurance run. The runner will want a pair of shoes that will last a long time and help the runner run better not hamper the runner’s running ability.

ASICS Gel Quantum 360

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The key fact to take away here is that its not just a good looking running shoe but one that absorbs shock, protects and supports the feet. The shoes are imported are made with synthetic soles. These particular men’s shoes can be used for a wide range of uses including athletic meetings for students, jogging, running machines, and short distance travel or hiking. It also works as walking shoes outdoors and gym shoes indoors. The shoe will reduce shock so your ankle and heel will be protected.

It is constructed with light natural, rubber that is very comfortable to wear. The upper fabric is ventilated to keep the feet cool and free of sweat. The outer fabric is made of synthetic material that is soft feeling. It protects the burden on the feet and its gentle toe fit will take the pressure off the feet no matter how far you run or walk. It will energize your feet and you can play any sports wearing these shoes. The shoe has clasp fasteners, arched ankles, and they grip your feet tightly.

These men’s shoes can be worn for indoor and outdoor exercising and due to its strong arch support and tight fastening design allows you to wear the shoes without socks. If the shoes are worn without socks they will become smelly after extended use from sweat. It may not be the most comfortable fit to wear the shoes without socks. The shoe has a luxurious feel and a handsome design. The shoes will look awesome in any setting. The shoe is designed for young people to wear as well.

The company claims the shoes come in many colors and designs to fit any taste. The shoes are ideal for long runs and walks. As we mentioned before the shoes can be worn to play just about any sports. They can be worn for indoor and outdoor activities.

Feedback: The shoe has had over 200 reviews written about which is a decent amount of feedback. The parent of the user says these are a great pair of shoes for a knockoff–expensive pair of looking shoes that are not expensive– and he has gotten more compliments wearing these shoes than he has when he wore his brand shoes. They have lasted a long time as well. The customer rated the shoes 5-star. This next customer says the shoes felt so good when they first put the shoes on. But after only 8 weeks of wear, a big chunk of rubber fell off the shoes and the customer lowered the rating to 2-stars. The rating was lowered because the shoes basically fell apart. This pair of shoes were poorly constructed indeed.

The customer walks one mile on a treadmill every day and she bought these shoes and tried them on the treadmill. They feel great and they fit very comfortably on her feet. The support arch is great and they are not too firm when she walks on the ground. The customer usually wears a size 11 and ordered the size 11 shoes ignoring the reviews that said to order a ½ up. The shoes fit fine and the customer has plantar fasciitis which is inflammation of the thick tissue connecting the toes to the heel. These shoes seem to help that condition. The customer wishes they had pink in her size and she thinks the shoes are very stylish.

Does Having a Good Looking Running Shoes Help You Run Fast

ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 6 Running-Shoes

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The shoes are made of synthetic material and they are imported. The shoe has a rubber sole and the shaft measures from the low-top to the arch. It has a gel cushioning system that attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance. It has a removable sock liner that allows for a medical orthotic. The trail specific outsole has reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain. The shoe is equipped with high abrasion rubber that is placed in specific areas of the outsole for durability.

Feedback: The shoe has had over 2200 reviews written about it. The client is a retired nurse and suffers from plantar fasciitis so the nurse looks for special trainers and she stumbled on these shoes. The nurse needs a shoe that will be sole specific for her foot issue. She has worn these types of gel-series shoes for years. The shoes are durable and are comfortable according to the nurse.

The woman says the shoe is only as good as its insole and insoles are usually made for people with average feet. The woman is not an expert and it is not necessarily true that the insole is what makes the shoe. Also, the nurse cannot support the observation that most shoes are made for average feet. The customer has abnormally high arches and no matter what the cost of the shoes they will not support her arches. These shoes are very comfortable for her feet while she walks. She averages 15 to 20 miles a week. She walked 6 miles in these shoes with comfort. She rated the shoes 5-star.

The customer wrote to the ASICS company and asked where she could purchase a genuine pair of their shoes because she felt that most of the shoes on Amazon were fakes. She agrees with other reviewers that this is the case that the Amazon shoes are fake imitations. and that the shoes she currently has are very uncomfortable.

One reviewer she said wrote that they could only one pair of shoes made in a certain country. The customer says these shoes feel like you are walking on the pavement barefoot. The bottoms are made of hard plastic with a screen pattern. The insole is removable but it is very thin and not supportive and the shoe did not help the customer. The customer rated the product 1-star.

The customer says these are her new favorite running shoes. She was using other brands but these work the best for her now. She has high arches and these shoes support those high arches very well. The shoes do not require her to use orthotics which she usually has to put in her shoes. The shoes are very comfortable and inexpensive. The customer rates the shoes 5-star.

There is a pattern emerging with these shoes in these reviews. The customer either loves the shoes or the customer hates the shoes. There is no middle ground. It is one extreme or the other.

ASICS Men’s Gel-Kayano 25 Running Shoes

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These shoes are too made of synthetic material with rubber soles and they are imported. The shaft measures about from the low-top from arch. The company has a technology that links componentry that enhances the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off. It is highly improbable that a shoe can enhance the natural gait of the foot. The company’s upper foot technology combines multi-directional stretch mesh with stretch supports that adjust to the foot. This creates a glove-like fit.

The lasting material features plush underfoot material that keeps the foot dry and the material is very breathable. The premium sockliner provides breathability and a high degree of moisture control.

Feedback: The shoe is well-known because there have been 1175 reviews written about the product. The customer says the company has brought the original fit of the Kayano back. The runner weighs 215 lbs and runs 6 to10 miles a day. The runner has had issues with his knees in the past so he needs a pair of running shoes. They fit true to size because the toes are not cramped in the shoe. The shoes do everything the company said they would do. The shoes provide good cushioning from the heel to the toe. The shoes are comfortable and the customer rated the shoes 5-star.

The customer says this is a poor continuing edition of the Kayano shoe–the other customer said this was a great model– and it has been his go-to shoe in the service when he went running with his squad on Mondays. The customer has run 1,2 marathons and other runs in these shoes. The customer says the insole is too thin and the shoe is very uncomfortable. The customer will not buy this shoe again until he tries it out in the store. The customer is disappointed with this shoe. The customer rated the shoe 1-star.

The customer says her husband needs special shoes because he has chronic pain in his foot. He had surgery to reconstruct the calcaneus–the large bone forming the heel. It articulates with the cuboid bone of the foot and the talus bone of the ankle, and the Achilles tendon (or tendo calcaneus ) is attached to it.– which is held together with metal plates and screws. He suffered a severe injury in the right heel. Earlier versions of these shoes were his everyday shoes for years. He needs new shoes every 6 months.

Earlier models of these shoes came in hideous colors and he could not wear the shoes because of the colors. He is a professor and he has to maintain a certain dress code which these shoes would not meet the code. His fellow professors and students do not know he had a foot injury. He could not wear them to fine restaurants–he is self-conscious–because other men were wearing dress codes.

He found a version of this shoe that has nice color schemes so now he can wear them to work and to the luxurious restaurants, he and his wife dine at. The consumer thinks the company has a new designer who is designing more attractive appearing shoes. He can wear these shoes to work and still look professional.

The shoes are very comfortable through the heels and he needs shoes that will support his damaged heel and keep his feet supported and relaxed.

Nike Men’s Revolution 4 Running Shoe

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Like all the other shoes reviewed these shoes are imported, have rubber soles, and are made of synthetic materials. The shaft measures approximately from the arch to low-top. All the product descriptions are basically the same for the shoes. Molded pods offer multi-surface traction. The pods flatten on impact then spring back at toe-off. This creates a piston effect that gives the shoe and foot a responsive cushioning.

The midsole delivers lightweight cushioning that offers responsive cushioning and the underlays in the vamp and toe-tip offer support and comfort for a nice fit. The running shoes have a minimal design allowing for a longer run. No, sew overlays along the eyelets and the midfoot provide durability but keeps the shoe lightweight.

Feedback: The has had almost 1100 reviews about it. So, the shoe has gotten around. The customer has wide feet and has a bunion. He was relegated to wearing “ mall shoes” for hiking, etc. He found these shoes and they work wonderfully for him. He has ordered a second pair for non-athletic, everyday wear. The customer rated the shoe 5-star.

This customer says these shoes are not Nike by any stretch. He ordered a bigger size and the shoes made his toes cramp. Furthermore, the soles separated from the shoes and the shoes are pure junk. He will not buy these shoes again. The customer rated the shoes 1-star. Can you blame him? He rated the shoes one-star.

This review was written too early. It sounds like the cust9mer just bought the shoes. He says they are comfortable so far and he likes them so far. The customer needs to put more mileage on the shoes and then write a review. The customer will have a better idea if the shoes will work or him or not. The customer rates the shoes 5-star. The rating is a bit premature.

This is a confusing review because the customer is sending mixed messages. He says the shoes should have cost $35.00 dollars and not $50.00 dollars. The feet are too high off the ground and the shoes squeak with every step. The customer thought it was because the shoes are new. The customer has been wearing the shoes extensively for a week and they still squeak. The customer runs in these shoes but the customer rates the shoes 4-star. It would seem the customer would have rated the shoes 2-star instead of 4-star. The customer was not thrilled about wearing these shoes. The above review is by all means not clear in the message the reviewer wants to send to other customers. Either the shoe is a lousy pair of shoes or they are 4-star shoes.

Does Having a Good Looking Running Shoes Help You Run Fast

WHITIN Men’s Minimalist Trail Runner | Wide Toe Box | Barefoot

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The shoes have rubber soles and they have a wide toe box so the toes can spread and relax. The shoes are manufactured free of animal products and processes. The insoles have a removable inline sock remover so the customer can experience a “barefoot” feel when wearing the shoes.

Feedback: The product had over 250 reviews written about it which is a fair number of reviews recorded about these shoes. The customer says the shoes are good for minimalist running shoes. In other words, don’t run with these shoes over rough terrain. The customer says they are comfortable and the customer is happy with the purchase. The customer says give the feet and legs a week or two to assimilate to the shoes.

The customer also relates that the shoes do not offer much support underneath. It has never been heard that the feet and legs need a week or two to get adjusted to running shoes. The customer has rated the shoes 5-star.


We have concluded that good-looking shoes will not help you run faster. Even the design of the shoes will not help you run faster. A properly-designed shoe will give the arch support and the toes plenty of room to wiggle within the shoes. The insole should be of a breathable material so the feet will stay cool and not overheat. The shoe should last a long time as well. The shoes reviewed in this article, meet these requirements. Some reviews state the contrary opinion that the shoes that were reviewed were of poor quality and are poorly designed. Also, one review says their shoes fell apart after 8 weeks.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.