Get the most out of your running by investing in the right kit. Take your pick from the latest tried and tested road shoes and run at your best.
Runner: Sorrell Walsh
Key Features: Cushioning, shock absorption, style
The Ride 9 LOTR are the latest trainers from Saucony to offer a lightweight, flexible fit complete with innovative tri-flex technology. If you don’t need heaps of added structure and support on your runs these could be a great choice for your next shoe splurge.
They come with added boost for your buck thanks to the addition of EVERUN cushioning and iBR+ outsole rubber. From grass to tarmac, they will stand out from your standard trainers, as you get more out of the energy you exert. I also love the slick black and grey colourway, which makes a nice change from the bright neon kicks currently on the market.
Runner: Rhalou Allerhand
Key Features: Light, cushioned, ample toe space
- A zero-drop shoe, the Altra Torin initially feels very minimal, but once I started running the supple cushioning kicked in and I'm pleased to report it provided a comfortable and supportive ride, while still feeling super light and smooth.
- The roomy toe box was perfect for long runs as my feet felt free and comfortable and I liked the colour way. If you're in the market for a light but cushioned road shoe with space for a wider foot that would stand up well over the longer miles, the Altra Torin would be ideal. A relatively small operation compared to its competitors, expect to see more great running shoes from this burgeoning brand.
Runner: Claire Chamberlain
Key Features: Stability, cushioning, style
This is a sleek, streamlined shoe that is a definite winner in the looks department. The cushioning is great, too – these shoes helped me retain a spring in my step, even at the end of a 16-mile training run. As a moderate over-pronator, I found the level of stability perfect, ensuring a more comfortable run throughout.
However, I did find the toe box a little narrow, and would definitely suggest going up half a size than you would normally wear. As far as price is concerned, these are at the top end of the budget, but they do offer great support and comfort, so it’s money well spent.
Runner: Sorrell Walsh
Key Features: Comfort, speed, stability
Having long been one of Nike’s most popular running shoes, it’s good to both see and feel that any changes in this rework of the Pegasus haven’t overshadowed the classic features which make the trainer work. One welcome addition is the added responsiveness and spring in the shoe in the Zoom sole, making this an even better trainer for longer runs.
After giving them a spin on both the track and during longer marathon training runs, I’d say they’re light enough for racing and faster sessions as well as providing enough support and stability when getting the longer miles in. They’re also easy on the eyes and a lot less clunky looking than some of the more supported shoes on the market, too, which is always an added bonus.
Runner: Lily Mackley
Key Features: Midsole cushioning, stability, style
The Launch 4 holds on to the classic Brooks' characteristics; creating a stylish shoe that maintains stability throughout your runs. These are slightly firmer on the heel for a neutral shoe, which can make them feel a little clunky at times. However, added rubber in the forefoot provides a springy toe-off, which when combined with their incredibly light weight, makes for an overall smooth run.
Midsole cushioning provides further stability from the sole, allowing for a less rigid, more roomy and comfortable toe-box. The upper is snug fitting yet not restrictive, making it a reliable partner for any run. The attractive and bright outer design with contrasting laces makes for the perfect neutral shoe that is both functional and stylish.
Runner: Rhalou Allerhand
RRP: From £39.00
Key Features: Good value, well cushioned, stylish
- I'm an adidas fan but didn't get on well with the Ultra Boost as I found the sock style too restrictive, so I was looking forward to getting my hands on a pair of Supernova Glides. Designed with the same Boost foam across the midsole but with a traditional lacing system, the Supernova Glide are a delightfully buoyant ride and I felt like I could keep on running forever.
- As a long distance runner it's important that I have amble toe room and breathability so my feet don't overheat, and the Glides did not disappoint. A well cushioned neutral running shoe, they're supportive, comfortable and ideal for long runs or shorter sprints around the park. It's also worth noting that the subtle black design made them perfect for post-run drinks and they are reassuringly cost effective.