If you’re in need of some new running trainers to tick off the next item on you bucket list, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is our top 10.
Before you purchase a pair of running trainers, it’s a good idea to get your gait tested. A gait analysis test will help identify if you pronate or supinate (inward and outward rolling of the foot as it strikes and pushes off the ground) and what running shoes and/or insole will support your running style.
You may also be given some tips on how to improve your running technique by the person who is analysing you, which can help to improve your training.
What terrain are you running?
Another thing you need to consider is what terrain you will be running on. Are you road running, trail running, or mixing it up? You will probably be looking for more support if trail running with all the uneven ground. Road running will require more impact protection, but this can be affected by how you run and how far you run. With a short 5k you can probably afford to go for a lighter shoe, but if running a marathon then you may wish you go for a bit more comfort.
Regardless of the length of the race, make sure you wear your shoes in properly. The last thing you want is blisters!
So here are our top 10 running trainers
New Balance Vazee Pace V2
These are a great marathon shoe, offering plenty of road running support along the way. While some say that the foam is thin, get your technique right and you’ll have no issues at all and will feel the benefit of this light trainer as the miles tick up.
The Vase Pace is ideal for the mid foot striking runner. If you want to to go fast and keep up then this is the ideal running trainer for you.
Saucony Kinvara 8
The Kinvara is now on the 8th edition, and somehow Saucony keep making them better. These already near perfect road running trainers now come with an EVERUN heel insert to centre your foot, giving you lively cushioning and great energy return.
The lightweight FLEXFILM overlays provide structure and support, whilst the highly flexible outsole gives greater ground contact and freedom of movement. These are up there with the best of the best
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33
These super lightweight trainers offer so much comfort that it’s almost like wearing slippers! A fantastic, all-round neutral trainer, these can withstand good distance running. The only downside to all that comfort is the reduction in support and stability that some will need, especially if running off-road or more considerable distances.
The engineered upper mesh is stretchy and breathable. That, mixed with the Zoom-Air cushioning that absorbs mid-sole impact, make these a great option for your every-day runner to consider. And as trainers go, they’re not exactly bad on the eye!
Brooks Ghost 9
OK, so they’re not as nice looking as the Pegasus, but if you’re on a long distance run then you’ll want/need these. According to Brooks, these trainers offer 30% more cushion than other trainers thanks to the BioMoGo midsole, that apparently adapts to your stride.
They also feature a segmented crash pad and flexed grooves for a smoother run. A very comfortable trainer that you’ll be glad you purchased on those long runs.
Adidas Terrex Agravic
You will be full of confidence on any surface with the Adidas Terrex Agravic. With rubber soles provided by Continental – yes the car tyre people – you’ll be gripping to almost all surfaces.
With a Gore-Tex lining that is breathable, you’ll also be sure to stay dry. These lightweight, but supportive trail running shoes also offer Adidas’ running specific Boost sole for the all important energy return.
Inov-8 Roadclaw 275
Weighing in at a mere 275g, these trainers were built for all types of road conditions. The clue I guess is in the name, roadclaw. The claw-cleat lug design offers super grip and stability. They also offer a 15% better energy return than the average midsoles due to the Powerflow midsole.
Adidas Ultra Boost
The energy-returning boost technology of the Adidas Ultra Boost delivers responsive underfoot cushioning as well plenty of energy return. A great looking trainer that can definitely be worn as a part of your every day outfit, it offers freedom of movement and breathability.
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3
These low stack racer trainers are great for those double digit mile runs. The responsive U4ic technology paired with a firm Parallel Wave creates a quick and springy ride perfect for tempo and race day.
With a 9mm heel-toe drop, they will encourage heel striking, so these probably won’t appeal to a midfoot striker.
Nike Flyknit Air Max Premium
Combining three primary Nike technologies – Airmax, Flyknit and Flywire – you get the complete package with these.
A flyknit upper combined with the airmax sole means you have a lot of cushioning on your joints with a trainer that is lighter than most. The waffle outsole gives you good traction and a smoother ride.
Hoka One One Clayton
With the high sidewalls, these certainly not the best-looking trainers on the market. But if you’re more concerned about conserving energy than by what your trainers look like, then these could well be the trainers for you.
Despite having lots of cushioning, the foam is much firmer compared to other lightweight trainers, so you waste less energy when pushing off the ground at speed.