1. Asics Dynaflyte: The best all-round running shoes
Weighing the running shoes is the weight vs buffer: each point of additional support eventually increases the volume. The goal of every running shoe manufacturer is to create the perfect combination of materials and technology that can provide maximum support for the longest distance run of the minimum weight, at least so far, Arthur DynaFlyte has lagged behind its competitors.
The midsole of the FlyteFoam provides ample cushioning, without losing its shape no matter how long you are on the road, in a shoe, at a 300 g scale (male 11,9 yards only 270 g). The result is a very comfortable neutral shoe that can be worn at any distance, and one that will allow you to set up new PBs for long distance runs due to its lightweight design.
2. Saucony Triumph ISO 3: The best for marathon runners
Saucony’s neutral Triumph ISO line is just about the last word in comfort when it comes to running shoes, and the third iteration is the best of the bunch. The mesh upper ensures the fit is perfect for any foot, and keeps the ISO 3 fairly lightweight (around 312g for a men’s 9) despite the ample amount of cushioning on the sole. This extreme comfort makes the Triumph ISO 3 a joy to pull on even in the bleakest parts of a winter marathon-training regime, and will keep your feet in fine fettle no matter how many miles you rack up.
However, the Triumph ISO 3 promise offer more than comfort, with Saucony’s Everun sole providing 83 per cent energy return according to the American brand. The ISO 3 also has an updated landing zone under the heel to help out heel-striking runners – the most common natural style in amateurs. In practice, this really tells on long runs, where you will veritably bounce along.
3. Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged: The best for 5km/10km runners
Most casual runners haven’t got a marathon on the horizon, so can do without a huge amount of cushioning on their shoe. For those who plan to stick to runs ranging from Parkruns up to half marathons, you cannot go wrong with the Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged.
The energy-returning midsole on Adidas’ Ultra Boost line rightly has an excellent reputation for putting a spring in the step, and uses tech developed for elite track athletes, so should ensure you challenge your PBs. The latest version of the line, the Uncaged, strips away the plastic on the upper sole to create a relaxed fit, and also a style that wouldn’t be out of place in day-to-day life. Something most other running shoes cannot boast.
4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17: The best running shoes for stability
If your running style dictates that you would benefit from a stability shoe (mainly if you overpronate when running – which you can read more about in the buyer’s guide), then you should look no further than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17. This line of shoes has been a firm favourite for many years, and the modest tweaks made to this latest iteration have confirmed it as the go-to shoe for stability seekers.
Extremely supportive, with a soft feel underfoot as you run, the GTS 17 guide you back to the perfect balance when you run, providing a smooth transition from heel to toe and so reducing the risk of injury. The GTS 17 do all this in an impressively lightweight package, weighing in under 310g, so you should have no difficulty picking up the pace.
5. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2: The best running shoes under £100
Those seeking high-quality shoes, a good price should look at the new balance, which has several good models wandering in the £ 100 mark, the election is the fresh bubble Santana v2.
Neutral buffer shoes, the Santiago v2 contains a new asset bubble of fresh technology, which provides a comfortable but highly responsive run-time feel. The Santiago v2 has enough buffering to handle long runs, but really walks into its own shorter, faster sessions. No matter how fast you drive, the Santos v2 is very sensitive and you will feel like you’re flying.