There is no such thing as the ideal running shoe. As much as all athletes want guidance on what is the best running shoe, it is just not really possible to name one. There is most likely a best running shoe for each individual runner, although not a universal one shoe which is best for all athletes. The plethora of running shoes currently available is greater than it has ever been. At one end of the market there are the minimalist running footwear with very little support and cushioning. On the other end of the market are the new maximalist running footwear with the very cushioned running shoes. The range in between these two extremes has not been greater with over 100 manufacturers of running shoes, with every manufacturer having anywhere from one model to in excess of 20 or so models, which means that there are more than thousands of diverse athletic shoes on the market for the runner to choose from. This creates quite a predicament for the runner trying to select a running shoe for themselves. To further mess with things are that each of the running shoe models have unique design attributes that will have an effect on different runners in different ways.
Different running shoes will achieve different effects. The minimalist athletic shoes will interfere very minimally as to enable the foot to move naturally, whereas other shoes are designed to affect movement and biomechanics. For for instance, the Airia running shoes have a slant or wedge under the ball of the foot that will have significant impacts on the way the foot functions. The Hoka One One running shoes have the maximal amount of shock absorption. Runners will have to sample a range of different footwear in the range and select the shoe that best suits what they think and understand about running along with what most closely fits their running style or approach The advice from a specialty athletic shoes store is useful to help this process.