Running shoes can be expensive, can’t they?
What if you don’t have the best part of a $100 – or even more – to spend on a pair of running shoes?
Then there are these lightweight running shoes by manufacturer Aleader.
The Aleader Women’s Lightweight Mesh Sport Running Shoes come in at well under the usual price for a quality running shoe – but what do you get for your money?
These are a fabric shoe, with MD rubber soles. There is a double mesh upper, which is designed to allow your feet to breathe easily.
The inner sole is cushioned, to be comfortable to walk and run in and there is support in the form of the five claw side design. This, combined with a lace up fastener, is intended to give your arches all the support they need.
Anything else? Well, yes, these are a super lightweight construction which the manufacturer says will make you feel as if you are barefoot.
If you turn these over and have a look at the soles, you can see that they are pretty decent and they should also be skid resistant on slippery surfaces, with their hydro grip design.
So far, so good – so what do they actually look like?
This is a mesh construction, which have a knitted look and big spaces or holes in the upper, to allow your feet to breathe in.
We think these do look nice and lightweight and as if even the sweatiest of feet should be able to breathe, just fine in these.
Of course, the ample holes in them probably does mean that these are not going to be particularly water resilient, but then, you can’t have everything.
In terms of color, well how many do you want? At the last count we saw there were ten to choose from.
Most of these are fairly straightforward and simple. Choose between light gray/pink, which are what the description says and feature bright pink laces and a white outsole.
Then there is light blue; which have black laces and a white sole; (carbon) black; which are black with white soles; camo; which are a camouflaged gray print on white soles; knit/rose/grey; which are predominantly a shade of pink; knit/multi colors; which are a knitted look multi-color design, but offset with a black upper on a white base and knit/black/grey, which is the option for those who want the more monotone version of the previous color.
Now here’s where it gets confusing, the “red” is actually a pink – and a very nice shade of pink it is too, but we’re not quite sure why it is described as being red and then there are two other black shades (in addition to the other one, which is simply ‘black’) that almost seem the same.
As far as we can tell, the difference between black/ memory insole and all black 03 is subtle. The black/ memory insole has a stretch mesh design on the upper and has different shoelaces to the all black 03.
Presumably, the memory insole also features a memory insole, but there isn’t a huge difference between these two designs. But they are different in terms of their knit pattern to the others.
In terms of style, we think these are a nice looking running shoe, which have a straightforward design and come in pleasing colors – even if they are limited slightly to mainly darker ones.
We could quite happily live in a pair of running shoes like this and wouldn’t necessarily only keep them to go sprinting in – and we think they make reasonable fashion accessories, without going overboard.
Available in a half size (at least, if you can find it) these span a five to an eleven in US women’s sizes, so fairly average there.
The approval rating for these running shoes comes in at 71%, which we think is a respectable figure. Most customers are satisfied that their usual sizing is accurate.
We noticed that for some people, these were too small and also, more notably, too narrow. It is possible that if you have a wider foot, these might not be for you or that you might want to size up for this design.
These are a comfortable running shoe. Even people who had other problems with these shoes have been happy with the overall comfort level.
We think the soft upper and cushioned sole will make these a very comfy shoe to have on.
Are they especially supportive though? There are one or two customers who certainly seem to think these are not the best choice for anyone with podiatric needs.
But, for anyone with a normal foot which does not need any extra levels of support, we think they are just fine.
Some customers describe them as feeling like they are barefoot – which is a good thing – but not necessarily for anyone with fallen arches or some other condition requiring extra support.
As we have described, these have a breathable mesh upper with big holes in them. They are not going to be waterproof and will probably get wet if you wear them in the water.
Having said that, for running in dry terrain or in the gym, they will be absolutely perfect.
The Aleader Women’s Lightweight Mesh Sport Running Shoes are a great choice for anyone who does not have a lot of money to spend on a casual pair of running shoes.
Maybe we can’t expect them to last as long as a hundred dollar pair, but they are stylish, lightweight and comfortable and should definitely last at least one season, with the right care.