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17.10.2021

Why You Need Lightweight Running Shoes

Lightweight running shoes are the ideal fitness gear to get you up and moving even when you don’t feel like it. We all know that unwanted feeling of heavy shoes when you’re trying to run. If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, find your next pair of running shoes with Giesswein. Choosing the right kind of lightweight running shoes can help you get that bit closer to reaching your personal goals.

Table of Contents:

What Are Lightweight Running Shoes?

Why You Should Invest in Running Shoes

6 Things to Look for in a Running Shoe

10 Benefits of Lightweight Merino Wool

Stay Light on Your Feet with Giesswein

What Are Lightweight Running Shoes?

Lightweight running shoes are a type of men’s running shoes or women’s running shoes which are designed to help you exercise without the feeling of heavy shoes. Having shoes that don’t weigh you down is key to a good workout, whether you’re training for a big race or just hitting the treadmill. Lightweight running shoes are made to feel like your trainers are just an extension of your feet. That way, you can keep running without thinking about anything but the path ahead.

Why You Should Invest in Running Shoes

lightweight wool makes the optimal running shoe

Although you could technically go running in any pair of  men’s trainers or  women’s trainers, having dedicated running shoes, designed by a brand that cares about your feet, is essential to keep your feet protected and help your running posture. The ideal lightweight running shoe is cushioning, flexible, and most importantly, comfortable. Whether they look good may be a priority, but it is essential you know  how your running sneakers should fit and that they don’t weigh your feet down. 

6 Things to Look for in a Running Shoe

  1. Cushioning - The ideal lightweight running shoes are designed for any running occasion. They should be easy to move in, fit perfectly, and should preferably be cushioned running shoes. 
  2. Shock-absorption - This type of trainer has a thicker heel to act as  shock-absorbing shoes, minimising impact, and a thinner drop at the front to mirror the heel-to-toe movement as you run. 
  3. Lightweight - They should be  lightweight sneakers, made from a light material so they don’t add to the weight of the sneaker. Your lightweight running shoes should feel like  barefoot trainers which complement the natural feel of your feet. Think of your lightweight running shoes as an extension of your foot - they shouldn’t weigh you down. 
  4. Arch-support - Adding an insole can help turn your lightweight running shoes into  arch-support sneakers for even more protection and comfort.
  5. Water-resistance - The best lightweight running shoes to choose are ones which are  water-resistant trainers that keep your feet warm and dry. 
  6. Grip - They should also have sufficient grip to help act as stability running shoes no matter the weather.

Making sure your shoes allow you to be light on your feet is important to give you that needed boost as you stride. Lightweight running shoes made from flexible, breathable materials are a must. No matter how far you run or what terrain you cover, your lightweight running shoes won’t hold you back.

10 Benefits of Lightweight Merino Wool

lightweight running shoes don’t weigh you down when you run

The best lightweight running shoes are ones made from soft, flexible materials that don’t weigh a ton. Merino wool is the finest and softest of many  types of wool, what’s more, it is the ideal material for lightweight running shoes. With many beneficial properties, merino wool sneakers can give you great footwear while you focus on your fitness. Giesswein use merino wool to make lightweight running shoes that are soft, stylish, and most importantly, comfortable. As part of our  Green Strategy we’ve vowed to use only  mulesing-free merino wool, to align our products with our values of animal welfare. Some of the benefits of lightweight running shoes made from merino wool include:

  1. Temperature-regulating
  2. Moisture wicking
  3. Water-resistant
  4. Breathable sneaker
  5. Flexible & stretchy
  6. Antibacterial 
  7. Odor-minimising
  8. Soft & not itchy
  9. Machine-washable
  10. Durable 

All of these benefits apply to our footwear made of merino wool. You can even  wash merino wool - so if you need to give your lightweight running shoes a refresh, you can! These natural properties of merino wool make it the ideal material for a lightweight running shoe.

Stay Light on Your Feet with Giesswein

At Giesswein, we’re passionate about making  sustainable shoes for every occasion. We know having uncomfortable running shoes that weigh you down is the last thing you want when you’re planning to get out running. That’s why we’ve created the Wool Peak, the world’s first merino wool lightweight running shoe that gives energy back to you. The midsole of this lightweight running shoe shields the impact of your step, giving you energy back as you run! Your feet are lightly cushioned with every step so you feel light, agile, and not weighed down. The rubber sole provides a  slip-resistant sneaker to help you navigate your training whether on a treadmill or cross-country.

This lightweight running shoe is designed to fit you perfectly using our special Woolfinity® feature. The twisted merino yarn means these sneakers keep you upright, light on your feet, and looking ahead. The temperature-regulating properties of merino wool mean that your feet stay cosy and warm if you’re using them as  winter trainers. It also helps to keep your feet cool and dry if you’re wearing them as  summer sneakers, even when you work up a sweat, thanks to its naturally breathable properties. The merino inner lining guarantees water-resistance and moisture-wicking, which means moisture is directed away from the lightweight running shoe to help keep your feet dry if the rain starts. The odour-minimising quality of the Wool Peak lightweight running shoe also means no matter how far you take them, your  merino shoes don’t smell

These lightweight running shoes feature a comforting rubber sole, so your feet are cushioned with every step. That way, you don’t need to think about your shoes, you can concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other. Be prepared for your next training session with the Giesswein Wool Peak, and see how far you get!

Comfortable Footwear from Giesswein

Giesswein are a family business specialising in footwear for every occasion. For at-home comfort, you can find  men’s slipperswomen’s slippers, and  kids’ slippers. We also care about sustainability, so we’re making sure we align our practices with what’s good for the planet.