"The running shoe market can be a confusing place for consumers," says Sarah Russell, UK athletics running coach and consultant editor at Running Fitness magazine. “There’s a lot of information about various hi-tech features out there, but it’s not always that easy to make sense of.”
The best solution, she says, is to go to a reputable running shop where a trained professional watches you run on (and ideally off) a treadmill. “Better still, they’ll watch you with and without shoes, videoing each to spot the differences,” says Sarah. “Armed with all this information on how you run, they’ll be able to advise you on the best running shoes for you.”
Ideally, go up one shoe size, sometimes even a size-and-a-half, she advises. “You need space in the toe box so your feet can move. Also make sure the shoes feel comfortable right away. There’s this myth about needing to wear trainers in, but they should feel like slippers right away. Certainly, nothing should dig into your Achilles and you shouldn’t have to tie them up really tight to fit.”
Consider the terrain you’ll be running on too. If you’re into the latest trend of muddy obstacle races, the Inov-8 X Talon is a good option, whereas for more conventional running on roads and the odd bit of off-road, Salomon’s X-Scream will do you proud.
1. Salomon X-Scream, £50, amazon
cushioning and ride that you need for pavement, plus the protection and grip for rougher surfaces.
2. Inov-8 X Talon, £75, amazon
3. Brooks Cascadia, £63, amazon
4. Mizuno Wave Sayonara, £65, amazon
delivers a good cushioning to weight ratio for road runners, they’ll keep feet stable and lightly cushioned.
5. Adidas Energy Boost 2, £72, amazon
over-cushioned.” They’re flexible but will keep feet stable.
6. Brooks Adrenalin GTS 14, £53, amazon
7. Asics GEL-FUJI TRABUCO 2 GTX, £70, amazon
8. New Balance 1260v3, £65, amazon
9. PUMA Faas 600 S Glow, £29, amazon
pounders. Evening runners take note: they glow to keep you safe in the dark.
10. On Cloudrunners, £88, amazon
Sarah is in no doubt that Brooks Cascadia, now on its ninth version, is the best hybrid shoe, ideal for country running with sections of road, trails and fields. Meanwhile, for road runners, the Adidas Energy Boost 2 is a good shoe to plump for.
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