If, like the men, the Rio Olympics has inspired you to start running, then you’ll probably be looking for a pair of running shoes.
Before you head off to the shops, it is worth researching a little so that you don’t spend a fortune on the wrong pair. For those who are serious about running, it is worth going to a professional store and having a gait analysis performed. This will help to see which pair of shoes are best suited for your particular type of feet.
If you don’t have time, check out the next best thing, our suggestions:
Hoka Clifton 2 – from £81.34
If you are not sure about your running gait, or you just want a pair of shoes that would suit all feet, this is a great pair to get going with. Suitable for all distances and neutral-style road runners, thanks to rubber pods on the outer sole.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 – £80
For a reliable and sturdy trainer by a reputable brand, New Balance are your best bet. This one is ideal for longer runs, thanks to the efficient cushioning in the underfoot.
Nike LunarEpic Flyknit – £150
Is it a sock? Is it a boot? It’s sort of both and designed to provide a great comfortable run over all distances. Gives comfort for longer distances and a good performance for shorter ones.
Nike Lunar Tempo 2 – £100
A nice, sturdy but lightweight shoe here from Nike that come with their patented Flywire support cables. These work to tighten around your foot and provide a really snug fit. If you know your pronation, this is good for overs.
Reebok ZPump Fusion 2.0 – £42.50
Nice lightweight trainer here from Reebok which is great for middle distances. Special feature is the pump technology which allows you to add as much cushioning for each run via a bladder inside the sole.
Skechers GoRun Ultra R – £89
Novices to running, or those who want to try it but don’t want to spend a fortune on shoes in case it is not for them, should buy these shoes from Skechers. They are bouncy enough to provide a shock proof cushioning, and have a nice wide toe, great for when they naturally spread out. Good shoes for neutral runners.
Saucony Kinvara 7 – £110
Another neutral running shoe here but a best seller and featuring the famous EVERRUN heel insert. A patented foam insert that provides great cushioning. Nice shoe for longer distances, thanks to the cushioning and comfort.
Asics Gel Nimbus 17 – £135
If you have problems with your feet and want to get back into running, you might be interested to know that these are one of the most comfy pair on the market. And they are especially developed with women in mind, wider hips coupled with smaller bones means our feet land differently when we run.
Brooks Ghost 8 – £110
Lovely close-fitting shoe here, thanks to the sock design. Fits well and adds a very comfortable feel to the shoe. Comes in loads of colours and designs too.
Saucony Hurricane ISO – £125.00
If you are after a great fit, support and cushioning all in one, this shoe has it. The lacing system provides the superb fit, there’s impact cushioning for protection and a high level of pronation control.