Now that we’re running more than ever, getting the right shoes is essential to keeping on course and avoiding injury. If you’re in need of a new pair, why not lace up with one of these? Here are six of the best running shoes to buy now.
When it comes to running trainers, there’s a lot to think about. Every brand has multiple different trainers, each offering something slightly different, with a promise to help you run faster and further than ever before.
Whether you’re strength training, hiking or running, it’s extremely important to wear the correct shoes to properly support your feet and exercise safely. But according to research from YouGov, 79% of UK runners could be running in shoes that aren’t suitable for their foot type. Ouch.
We know it’s a minefield, but getting the right shoes is essential if you want to avoid injury and keep the running habit up. For newbies, a gait test is advised so that you can work out your running style and buy a shoe accordingly, but there are ways you can shop online to find the right trainers.
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“There are certain buzzwords, like springy and responsive that you’ll hear thrown around. But ultimately, if that shoe is not comfortable on your foot and doesn’t hold your foot well, then you’re not going to want to keep running,” says Emma Kirk Odunubi, running expert and self-confessed trainer geek.
Unlike a gym trainer, you want a running shoe to be cushioned and springy to absorb some shock from the high-impact sport. “Look for a nice hold around the ankle and middle of the foot – you want it to feel like a firm handshake. You also need it to be free enough for your toes to wiggle around, but not so much so that you’re almost swimming in the shoe,” Emma adds.
Remember: every foot is personal, here are some favourites we recommend you try.
Part of ASICS’ new Strong collection (which is a name we like very much), these are made from fewer layers of material than other trainers, resulting in a comfortable and light shoe. Springy softness is designed for a trampoline-like feel – and it delivers with super easy bounce.
Nike React Infinity Flyknit
This new variation of Nike’s Flyknit provides support for the three phases of your step - flexibility at toe-off, smooth movement through the middle and cushioning for when you land. This all helps to reduce injuries as you run by over 50% compared to other Nike trainers during a 12-week running programme.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
The big selling point of these running shoes is the GuideRails – embedded support that reduces excess movement through the foot and ankle to protect your knees. The stacked cushioning also provides spring as you push from the heel for speed and comfort.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10
Coming in a variety of widths and half sizes so you can find your perfect fit, the latest version of Fresh Foam comes with a softer sole for an energetic rebound. The upper material provides stretch as well as stability, too, so you can run with controlled movement.
Adidas Ultraboost 20
These are a bestseller for a reason: lightweight yet snug, comfortably cushioned and with a responsive feel. They’re even made from upcycled ocean plastic.
Ryka Ultimate Running Shoe
Comfort is king with these Ryka running shoes. They feature a lightweight molded EVA midsole with TPU midfoot shank and dual density heel crash pad - a fancy way of saying they absorb impact really well to minimise foot pain. They also have a Memory Foam insole for all-day comfort & cushioning.
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Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).