10 Best Japanese Running Shoes

Updated on: April 2021

Best Japanese Running Shoes in 2021


Mizuno Men's Wave Inspire 15 Running Shoe Blue Wing Teal-Dress Blue, 9.5 D US

Mizuno Men's Wave Inspire 15 Running Shoe Blue Wing Teal-Dress Blue, 9.5 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • MIZUNO WAVE: Wave sets the standard for running shoe technologies.
  • This best selling stability running shoe provides the perfect balance of smooth cloudwave cushion, snappy responsive flex, and stable ride.
  • Engineered Mesh Upper: Both breathable and durable for high performance.
  • New Premium Sockliner for added comfort
  • U4ic Midsole: Optimal shock attenuation, durability and a superior ride

WHITIN Men's Trail Running Shoes Minimalist Barefoot 5 Five Fingers Wide Width Toe Box Gym Workout Fitness Low Zero Drop Male Walking Jogging Black Size 7

WHITIN Men's Trail Running Shoes Minimalist Barefoot 5 Five Fingers Wide Width Toe Box Gym Workout Fitness Low Zero Drop Male Walking Jogging Black Size 7
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax.
  • Produced using animal free products and processes.
  • Removable sockliner (insole) if you want a “more barefoot” feeling.
  • True rubber sole provides great protection while still getting the ground feedback.
  • Note, these run slightly on the larger size. We recommend that half sizes should order to the next size down.

MOSHA BELLE Men Athletic Shoes Mesh Blade Running Walking Sneaker, 3white, 10.5

MOSHA BELLE Men Athletic Shoes Mesh Blade Running Walking Sneaker, 3white, 10.5
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • ONE-PIECE MESH VAMP--air permeability, keep your feet cool and dry.
  • ANTI-COLLISION ROUND TOE--wide space for move freely and provide protection.
  • HONEYCOMB INSOLE--sweat absorption and deodorization with honeycomb holes.
  • BLADE RUBBER OUTSOLE--hollow carved design, placed in critical areas for exceptional durability and shock-absorbent.
  • OCCASIONS--multifunctional for road running, daily wear, casual walking, gym, training, trekking, jogging, cycling, workout, camping and other outdoor sports.

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe, Black/Phantom/Mid Grey, 10 Medium US

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe, Black/Phantom/Mid Grey, 10 Medium US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Trail Specific Outsole: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
  • AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.

ASICS Mens Hypergel-Kenzen Running Athletic Shoes, Black, 10.5

ASICS Mens Hypergel-Kenzen Running Athletic Shoes, Black, 10.5
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • HYPERGEL TECHNOLOGY: High performance design with HyperGEL technology beads integrated into the midsole enhancing rebound and cushioning while reducing impact
  • MONO-SOCK TECHNOLOGY FIT SYSTEM: An elastic internal sleeve which replaces a traditional tongue providing a ""sock-like"" fit
  • Japanese Kanji symbols located on both the inside and heel of each shoe

adidas Originals Men's X_PLR Sneaker, White Tint/Black/White, 10 M US

adidas Originals Men's X_PLR Sneaker, White Tint/Black/White, 10 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Knit upper
  • Mesh lining
  • Webbing tape 3 Stripes, Nubuck heel
  • Enjoy the comfort and performance of OrthoLite sockliner, Speed lacing system

adidas Originals Unisex-Kid's NMD_R1 Running Shoe, White/White/Real Blue, 7 M US Big Kid

adidas Originals Unisex-Kid's NMD_R1 Running Shoe, White/White/Real Blue, 7 M US Big Kid
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • NMD shoes with a single-hue upper and color-pop midsole for a hit of extra style
  • Regular fit; Lace closure; Soft feel
  • Knit upper for breathability; Enjoy the comfort and performance of OrthoLite sockliner
  • Boost is our most responsive cushioning ever, delivering incredible energy return: The more energy you give, the more you get
  • Rubber outsole provides excellent grip

BRONAX Running Shoes for Men Slip On Comfort Stylish Tennis Walking Casual Sports Workout Gym Fitness Athletic Sneakers for Male Red Size 13

BRONAX Running Shoes for Men Slip On Comfort Stylish Tennis Walking Casual Sports Workout Gym Fitness Athletic Sneakers for Male Red Size 13
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Available in lace-up and slip-on styling.
  • Built-in arch support ensures all-day comfort.
  • Brand name logo hardware featured at the heel.
  • Breathable mesh upper with synthetic reinforcements.
  • Synthetic outsole provides additional cushion without added bulk or weight.

adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit 10.5

adidas NMD_R1 STLT Primeknit 10.5
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Array

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 Running Shoes, 11M, Black/Black

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 26 Running Shoes, 11M, Black/Black
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) Technology - ASICS design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • SpevaFoam 45 Lasting - Employs 45 degree full length SpevaFoam 45 lasting material for a soft platform feel and improved comfort.
  • FlyteFoam Lyte Technology - ASICS lightest weight midsole formulation that provides continuous cushion thanks to organic nano fibers.
  • FlyteFoam Propel Technology - ASICS energetic foam formulation that provides supreme bounce thanks to a unique elastomer compound.
  • DuoMax Support System - A dual density midsole system positioned to enhance support and stability, positioned sport specifically.

Hamstring Injury Treatment Options for Runners

I injured my hamstring from running; I'm a certified personal trainer; my hamstring injury is healed. So here is my article on treatment options for hamstring injuries as they apply to runners.

I injured my hamstring from running; I'm a certified personal trainer; my hamstring injury is healed. So here is my article on treatment options for hamstring injuries as they apply to runners. A hamstring injury from running is almost always caused by rapid deceleration: quickly transitioning from a fast run to a walk, or stopping the sprint dead in its tracks especially.

If you love to run, you'll have to settle for the elliptical machine, stationary bike, revolving staircase or stepping routines. As aggravating as the hamstring injury's discomfort may be, even if it's triggered by just a 6 mph run, you may actually be able to perform other forms of cardio at your highest level, if your hamstring injury is first-degree. A first-degree hamstring injury involves microscopic muscle tears. There is no "bruising" visible with a first-degree hamstring injury, and sports participation is possible, though will be accompanied by pain (depending on the sport).

A second-degree strain, though not literally a tear of the muscle-tendon junction, would likely be painful enough to necessitate medical attention. A second-degree injury will have present some black and blue, caused by local bleeding under the skin.

Pedaling the elliptical trainer or stationary bike, and stepping on the revolving staircase or on stepper platforms, do not require enough hip extension to aggravate a mild or first-degree hamstring injury.

However, running will aggravate it. Figure out which speed starts bringing on that distinct pain. If you have a hamstring injury, never try to "work through" the pain by running! Toughing out a hamstring injury does not work. Continuing to run with a hamstring injury will prevent healing and may worsen the injury.

There are four phases to treating a hamstring injury for runners. First, reduce the pain and inflammation. Second, restore range of motion plus flexibility. Next, restore muscle function. Finally, engage in exercises, leading up to returning to running.

Most likely, you will need some degree of medical intervention. In my case, it was a massage therapist. I had tried all sorts of self-treatments: stretching; calisthenics; quitting running altogether; continuing to run but less frequently; continuing to run as frequently but not as fast; and self-massage (which is essentially impossible and impractical, being that within minutes, my fingers and wrists were fatigued).

I always intuitively knew that professional massage treatment would heal my hamstring injury, but kept putting it off because it's so expensive. My medical insurance plan deductible, at the time, was $2,000, so seeing a doctor and getting rehab through my medical plan was not an option, as I'd have to pay out of pocket for it anyways; and besides, I continued believing that deep tissue massage for my running-related hamstring injury was the answer.

If your medical plan covers physical rehab by a therapist specializing in hamstring injuries, then this is strongly advisable. A physical therapist trained in sports injuries can monitor progress with special tests.

Do not stretch the injured muscles right away, as this will aggravate the damaged muscle fibers. It will probably hurt quite a bit, anyways. A physical therapist can direct you when to resume stretching the muscles. This stretching is for rehab, not for increasing flexibility. Tight hamstrings are not associated with increased risk of hamstring injury, but tight quadriceps are.

Ice and heat. An acute (sudden onset) hamstring injury warrants ice application, to manage the inflammatory process. But as healing begins, heat can be applied. Apply ice as long as there is pain, and especially swelling. As pain diminishes and swelling disappears, apply heat.

This may not work for everyone; it didn't work for me. Ice application to the hams is impractical, though sitting on a hot water bottle was more doable. But ice and heat don't penetrate more than 1 centimeter. A physical rehab therapist may use ultrasound or infrared laser to penetrate deeper.

After more than two years of experiencing pain from my hamstring injury (even though it wasn't severe enough to prevent me from sprinting; but dang, the pain was a nuisance and made me eventually realize that something was wrong and I needed intervention), I finally decided to invest in a massage therapist -- again.

The first therapist was about 16-18 months after the injury, and she was worthless. The second therapist was about 26-28 months after the injury, and within three weeks, there was an improvement I had never before experienced. I was seeing her three times a week for 30-minute sessions. I insisted that she work ONLY the hamstring glute tie-in plus the hamstring "belly," with emphasis on the tie-in.

Over several months, the hamstring injury finally began healing beautifully; pain tests came up negative; I was able to run increasingly faster without pain; and was able to do other things without that distinct pain in the hamstring-glute junction. I reduced the treatment sessions to twice-weekly, and finally to once a week.

Other very helpful hamstring articles HERE.

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