As marathons and 10Ks become a distant memory and a medal on your bookshelf, now is a great time to look at your running shoes and consider upgrading, with great deals to be had on some of 2015’s best running trainers.
When considering which pair of shoes to buy, the first thing you need to consider is your gait. Get a full analysis at somewhere like Sweatshop to understand the exact shape of your foot and the way in which you naturally run.
Some types and shapes of shoes will offer you more comfort than others.
Consider your needs for a pair of running trainers as well. Are you running on tarmac or on off-road paths? Do you need a sturdy pair for lots of regular practice, or do you want a lightweight pair for that extra performance when you’re racing?
Once you know this, you’ll be able to narrow your options. Always choose comfort over style, but balance this with your anticipated needs and preference of features.
Here are just 10 of our favourites:
Under Armour Speed Form Gemini
These shoes are about as cushiony as they come, which means you’ll enjoy plenty of bounce and support when running. The neoprene section around the Achilles heal offers even more comfort, and the upper ventilated foam moulds perfectly to your feet.
Special cushioning on these Swiss shoes provides support from both vertical and horizontal forces, reducing impact, helping improve speed and providing full protection to your feet. They’re great for building endurance and ideal for high mileage. If you’re heavy footed, try these for a more natural run
New Balance 1080v5
These running shoes might have colourful soles, but they’re designed to provide maximum grip on all types of surfaces. They’re a snug fit to help prevent feet from slipping, and are well cushioned to provide a good bounce.
Nike Zoom Air Performance Vomero 10
One of Nike’s most popular ranges, the Vomero 10 adds a new Lunarlon foam midsole, to provide a great, lightweight feel whilst also supporting those prone to more heavy impact running. A flymesh upper material ensures they’re breathable and the internal boot gives you a nice secure fit.
Lightweight and shock absorbing, the Saucony Kinvara 6 running shoes were actually released to celebrate 35 years of the London Marathon. They’re a good buy for anyone who runs on the road or a running track, with a breathable mesh upper and a pro-locking lace system.
Adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost
Pulling together the most popular features from every Adidas running shoe, the Cosmic Boost are great for high mileage running, with a well-cushioned Boost midsole to provide energy in every step. The specially designed Primeknit upper will keep your feet cool for miles of running, even in the hottest weather.
Pearl Izumi EM Road M2
If you’re a road runner, you’ll know from the name of this shoe that they may be a great choice for you. EVA energy foam, rubber forefoot and carbon rubber crash pads all provide extremely good cushioning and support, to absorb energy and combat the shock impact of running on concrete.
Nike Free Flyknit
Inspired by runners who wanted a shoe that literally “fits like a sock,” Nike’s Free Flyknit range is extremely lightweight and ideal for those who are a fan of barefoot running. You should have a good running style already to enjoy the full benefit of your feet being able to move in any way they want.
Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2
At just 228 grams, these are the ultimate lightweight running shoes, perfect for experienced runners. You’ll sacrifice some stability and cushioning in favour of speed, with a specific ‘Torsion System’ to prevent the shoe flexing and losing energy.
Asics Gel Kayano
Asics are renowned for their running shoes, and this pair takes things to the next level with its plethora of special features including an Impact Guidance System to aid how your toe strikes the ground, a FluRide cushion to improve durability, and comfort gel at both the front and real of the shoe.