Wearing a proper-fitting, high-quality pair of running shoes is one of the best ways to prevent the injuries that often bedevil beginning runners. When the runner is overweight, it's even more important that his shoes provide proper support and cushioning when he takes to the road for a workout. Keep in mind that whatever shoe you choose, it needs to fit properly to be effective--it's advisable to go to a store that specializes in fitting running shoes, especially for your first pair.
Asics Gel-Kayano 16
The Gel-Kayano 16 is a heavy shoe. But since it's built as a stable, supported platform for runners who need a bit of extra guidance for their foot, that's not too big a surprise. There's a large gel support built into the heel, for extra cushioning--useful if you're a heel striker.
The lacing system of the Gel-Kayano 16 is a bit unique, with an offset lace and tongue arrangement that moves the laces off to the side as they approach the front of the shoe. Some people like the feel this gives the shoe, while others aren't quite so certain.
Mizuno Wave Nirvana 6
The Wave Nirvana 6 is built for a comfortable ride, with a cushy layer of foam laid on top of the foresole, and a liner that is soft in texture while firm in foundation. The upper of the shoe is made from a stretch mesh that moves with the foot when you run.
The Mizuno is a comfortable fit for many runners, but has a firm feel in the heel. Durability is a strong point for these shoes, so they're a good choice if you're carrying some extra weight.
New Balance 760
The New Balance 760 continues the long line of sturdy, no-nonsense shoes that distinguish the New Balance brand. The 760 is built for runners with a neutral gait but who need sturdy support and solid cushioning.
The shoe tends to fit snugly on many runners, but leaves ample room in the toebox to prevent cramping of the forefoot. That's a combination that appeals to some runners, less to others, depending on the shape of the foot.