Every sports lover out there knows very well that running shoes must have five characteristics: support, comfortable fit, cushioning, durability and light weight. You’re going to run a hundred miles with them, and be sure they always make you feel barefooted no matter what. Finding running trainers that match your gait and feet can be the difference between feeling every stone on the trail, and floating over the pavement like a butterfly.
Here’s a list of the best running shoes on the market to help you choose the perfect footwear.
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo is a shoe that simply delivers for practically every runner. Born as a road shoe, it can be safely worn on almost every other surface thanks to the fantastic ZoomX foam. This fantastic patented substance provides incredible energy return and has quickly challenged Adidas Boost foam’s dominance. The best part of it is that the price of this amazing tech is finally becoming affordable, and the Pegasus is now available even for those who don’t want to break the bank with its spectacular speed and responsiveness.
As most Asics shoes, the Gel Cumulus is a strong performer, thanks to its premium gel tech that reduces shock and makes this pair of shoes so comfortable. Cumulus, in fact, means “cloud,” and walking inside clouds precisely describes the sensation you will feel by wearing this outstanding footwear. Featuring a durable outsole and a stylish upper, the Cumulus is sturdy and resistant, even if it may feel a little stiff for midfoot runners.
The Razor boasts a brand new midsole developed by Skechers, the Hyper Burst. Aptly named, this new EVA foam takes the distance from its competitors because of the irregular cell structure that increases its resistance while making it lighter at the same time. The foam feels protective and firm, and can compensate the pavement when a runner is cranking, making the GOrun the perfect high-speed trainer for urban terrains.
The Ultraboost 19 is an update over the previous versions that focuses mostly on its running aspects rather than just on its style and appearance. A new heel counter has been added to lock the heel into the shoe to improve the fit. The Ultraboost fits perfectly and feels protective and firm around the whole foot. One of the best running shoes around, this trainer performs exactly as you’d expect with no particular cons.
If you prefer stability over a neutral shoe, the Hoka One One Gaviota 2 is a max-cushioned trainer that is built to last. Although its price is quite steep, it more than compensates for it with its unexpected responsiveness. Its massive yet lightweight midsoles these tanky shoes are the perfect choice for those who want a stable ride.
The Kinvara is probably Saucony’s most successful footwear, and it’s a lighter, faster choice in a market full of bulky, heavy running shoes. Its low weight and low heel drop help you gain all the speed you need with its smooth heel-to-toe transition. A truly versatile and highly responsive trainer, the Kinvara’s latest update features a new Formfit footbed insole and additional Achilles cushions.
Runners’ needs vary wildly, but it’s not so hard to tell the difference between a good pair of shoes and a cheap reproduction. Although “your mileage may vary” (quite literally), keep in mind that you’re going to spend a lot of time with this footwear, so take your time to choose them for their characteristics rather than just for their fancy look.