If you buy the wrong shoes for a 5k, at least it will be over in about 20 minutes; but if you are running a marathon, you need the best marathon running shoes for yourself, otherwise it will be a miserable 26.2 miles. As always, when choosing a running shoe, there is not one shoe that is going to objectively be "best." It is important to take into account your own body's specifications and gait to find the best marathon running shoe for you. For example, if you have flat feet, you could spend 130 dollars and buy the best neutral running shoe Mizuno makes, and probably sustain a stress fracture with in a week since there would be no arch support. Here are some of the best marathon running shoes:
Asics Gel-DS Trainer. The DS Trainer is lightweight and responsive. It has a superior shock absorption system which makes it the best marathon running shoe for the underpronator to the mild overpronator.
Adidas Supernova Sequence 2.0. The Supernova Sequence is the official Boston Marathon shoe. This shoe fits a wide variety of runners; it is heavy enough to promote an even stride, but light enough for long, hard miles. The shoe is also very responsive and durable.
- New Balance 1011. If you are a serious overpronator, the 1011 is the best marathon running shoe for you. This shoe is durable and you can put a lot of miles on it before you notice wear (crucial in selecting a marathon shoe). The midsole has a special roller system to distribute weight evenly and support your arch. This shoe would be too restrictive if you are a mild overpronator or a neutral runner.