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The Best Athletic and Trail Running Shoes to Wear

By on 07/11/2022

Looking for a new pair of athletic or trail running shoes? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you want to go hiking in the fall, winter, spring, or summer; we’ve got you covered! ShoeMall offers all different types of brand name shoes to satisfy all of your outdoor adventures, and we’re here to educate you on the different types of shoes and how to take care of them along with how you can find an athletic shoe that fits you flawlessly.

How Your Running Shoes Should Fit

Sometimes it is difficult to find the right fitting shoe — one that supports athletics and outdoor trails. Typically, you should have a thumbnail width between your longest toe and the end of your shoe. There should be no pinching or rubbing on your toes, ankles, or heels. To ensure your running shoes fit properly, we recommend going up a half size bigger than your normal shoe size.

How Long Running Shoes Should Last

Another common question we are asked is how long running shoes are supposed to last. A typical men’s athletic shoe or women’s athletic shoe should last about 4-6 months. However, this is dependent on the number of miles you are putting on the shoes. When you hit anywhere between 300-500 miles, it is time to consider retiring your pair. Using old, worn-out running shoes increases the amount of stress on your legs and joints and can result in injuries, aches, and pains.

Our Favorite Running Shoe Brands

Brooks are some of the best running shoes on the market, and you know who offers them? ShoeMall! Brooks running shoes for men and women are incredibly high-quality and reliable. Brooks’ shoes will have you feeling comfortable, supported, and secure.

Aside from Brooks, we also recommend running shoes from Fila, Skechers, and New Balance. Like Brooks, these companies’ shoes are lightweight and comfortable. It’s also worth mentioning that all of these brands’ running shoes aren’t solely meant for running — they are practical for everyday use as well!

Our Favorite Hiking Shoe Brands

ShoeMall offers some of the most popular brands for hiking boots and shoes, such as Bearpaw, UGG, Columbia, and Merrell. Each of these brands designs their hiking shoes with a thick sole, ensuring comfort and stability that will last you from sunrise to sunset.

The Best Walking Shoes for Women

Choosing a reliable, durable, and comfortable women’s walking shoe can be difficult, but our top choice for you is Vionic walking shoes. These dependable walking shoes will have you feeling comfortable and supported all day long! Built with superior arch support, Vionic shoes alleviate pain in your arches while walking. Vionic walking shoes are also made with high-quality materials that support all-day wear with no worries of pain or discomfort. Did we mention they come in some fun and stylish colors?

How to Wash Your Shoes

Finally, it is important to take care of your shoes and give them the occasional wash. However, we know that sometimes that can be a bit tricky. Before running to the washing machine, first make sure that it is safe for your shoes to be machine washed. For example, leather and suede should never be washed in a machine.

If you find out your shoes are in fact machine washable, follow these steps so your shoes come out good as new:

 1) Remove the laces

2) Pretreat the shoes with a mild liquid detergent and a soft-bristle brush or cloth

3) Place the shoes in a garment bag

4) Put the washer on a delicate setting and a cold-water cycle

5) Let the shoes air dry and refrain from putting them in the dryer

If you find yourself not wanting to go through the hassle of washing your shoes, we recommend Ryka, Teva, and Keen water shoes! We love water shoes because they are waterproof and able to clean themselves! On top of that, water shoes are breathable, fast-draining, and comfortable (and perfect for the summer!).


Where’s your favorite place to hike? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to show us your #ShoeMallStyle on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest!

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