10 best outdoor running shoes
Whether you’re pounding pavement, park or muddy trail, we’ve found the best footwear for the job, with expert picks by Sarah Russell, consultant editor of Running Fitness magazine
Wednesday 02 April 2014
"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.
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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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