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Stay ahead of your running game with the best sneakers on the market

Hit the ground running.

Exercise trends tend to move in cycles, and right now we’re seeing a serious uptick in one of the original (and most effective) forms of movement: running. There are many reasons for running’s popularity: it is free (and therefore cost-of-living crisis approved), doesn’t require travelling to a fancy gym, and let’s face it, there’s nothing like that runner’s high.

What it does require is a quality pair of running shoes. Ensuring your feet stay comfortable and well-protected while pounding the pavement is of utmost importance.

Whether you’ve just started your running journey or you’ve got a big race in your sights, investing in a quality pair of sneakers is key. We’ve put together some of the best sneakers on the market so you can step to it.

The best sneakers to help you hit that runner’s high

01

Hokka Clifton 9 Running Shoes

$289.99 at The Athlete’s Foot

Best for: Serious runners who have struggled with ankle support throughout their lives

Hoka is kind of the MVP in the world of running shoes these days, the ultra-cushioned design makes them lightweight and comfortable to wear.

You can select the width you require from your sneakers, which is a game-changer for those with wider feet, and they come in so many colourways your only struggle will be picking just one pair.

Sizes: US 5 – 12

Key features:

  • Engineered mesh construction
  • Partially gusseted tongue
  • 40% Recycled polyester eyestay lining

02

Deviate Nitro 2 Running Shoes

$250 at Puma

Best for: Serious sprinters with a need for speed

An upgraded version of Puma’s previous winning performance shoe, this shoe is light but powerful. With a full-length sole full of light-as-air foam, the shoe is cushioned, supportive and breathable. The rubber heel adds durability so you can attack those road sprints with ease.

Sizes: US 5-11

Key features:

  • Maximum cushioning level
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Lace fastening
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 6mm
  • Recommended for neutral pronators

03

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13 Sneakers

$300 at New Balance

Best for: Casual runners who want a sneaker to carry them straight to the coffee shop

“If we only made one running shoe, it would be the Fresh Foam X 1080,” says the New Balance team, and we believe it. These babies strike the perfect balance between comfort and performance. They are stylish enough to be worn everyday, but with a supportive and snug mesh upper and data-informed foam cushioning for smashing those PBs.

Sizes: US 5 – 12

Key features:

  • Soft Fresh Foam midsole
  • Solid rubber outsole
  • Reflective accents designed to catch the light
  • Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

04

On Cloudmonster Sneakers

$325 at The Iconic

Best for: Those with a long-distance run to tackle

Great for on-road running, the On Cloudmonster offer a cushioned landing for hard surfaces. The honeycomb-esque cushioning compresses on contact to reduce impact.

Sizes: US 6 – 10.5

Key features:

  • Durable, temperature-resistant mesh upper
  • CloudTec Cushioned midsole
  • Rocker Shape and Helion Superfoam to fuel your stride

05

Nike Metcon 9 Running Shoes

$161 (usually $230) at The Iconic

Best for: Running dabblers, who also love other types of exercise

A part-time runner, along with a lifter, tennis player, walker and occasional boxer? This do-it-all range of sneakers delivers no matter the sport of choice. They’re super sturdy so you can soar across uneven ground, with lock into place lace system for extra support.

Dual-density foam provides extra cushioning, while the breathable mesh will keep your feet cool, even on hot terrain. Wear them to boxing on Friday, a long run on Saturday and then a chill coffee and walking date on Sunday

Sizes: US 5 – 12

Key features:

  • Dual-density midsole—firm foam on the outside, soft foam on the inside
  • Hyperlift plate in the heel even bigger for stability
  • With lace-lock system
  • Swoosh to side
  • Round toe
  • Lace-up fastening

What are the benefits of a good pair of running shoes?

A good pair of running shoes offers benefits beyond just style. They provide comfort with optimal cushioning and support, enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injuries like shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Investing in quality shoes ensures longevity, allowing you to push your limits and achieve your running goals confidently. Choose wisely—your feet will thank you for it!

Is it ok to wear running shoes for walking?

If you find a pair of running shoes that fit well and feel comfortable when walking, there’s no reason why you can’t use them for your walks. In fact, thanks to their cushioning, support and durability, running shoes can be great for walking. Just ensure they provide the support and cushioning you need based on the intensity and duration of your walking sessions.


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