im电竞官网-Who needs a gym when you've got the streets at your disposal? The treadmills may be off-limits, but taking your exercise to the park and pavements has always been far more rewarding way to build your fitness, anyway. To that end, you need a pair of running trainers that can handle all kinds of weather conditions and terrain. They need to look good, too.
im电竞官网-That's why we've rounded up the best running trainers on the market, from Nike to Adidas to New Balance, to ensure that you're supported along the way.
Yeezys on steroids (or at the very least, gallons of Lucozade Sport and a Cliff Bar). That sharp statement-making heel will set you apart from other runners – as will the crisp, shouldn’t-work-but-does bubble gum colourway – but it isn’t the only stand-out feature of Hoka’s new Clifton Edge sneakers: they’re extremely breathable and light too (thanks to the shoe’s paper-thin upper and newly resilient foam sole), but still manage to feel surprisingly snug and protective. A padded collar also provides plenty of ankle support – a big deal for tendinitis sufferers like myself. A shoe for hypebeasts and pavement pounders alike.
Hoka One One Clifton Edge, £140,
Part of Asics’ prestige Nimbus range, the 22 is a Rolls Royce of a running shoe. Sitting on a midsole full of Gel and Flytefoam technology (the really good stuff, I am assured) with a super light and breathable mesh upper, the Gel-Nimbus 22 is a luxury ride right out of the box. No ‘breaking in’, no ‘one more run and they’ll feel ok’, they are GOOD to GO. Officially targeted as a neutral running shoe, the Nimbus 22 does a job on road, off road and everywhere in between. Plus, they look really good and come in a veritable plethora of colours. I’ve got the Tuna Blue/Pure Silver style. Tuna Blue!
Asics Gel-Nimbus 22,
im电竞官网-If you’re going to spend a sizeable chunk of change on a pair of trail sneakers, they should be built to last. That’s the least you should expect, and it’s the reason why Salomon (the much-loved French outdoors brand that became a street style hit thanks to a surprise placement in Palace’s spring 2018 look book) has crafted these hardwearing trainers with GORE-TEX, a waterproof, breathable fabric membrane perfect for any kind of weather condition. What’s more, the Speedcross 4 is armed with rubber guards for increased protection.
Salomon Speedcross 4, £145,
im电竞官网-As befits a French running shoe brand, Hoka One One (no, it's not pronounced like that – it's 'own-ay', after the Maori word for 'to fly over the earth') has made waves in the fashion world as well as the world of fitness. Its signature is lightweight but (sometimes comically) oversized soles, which are more than an aesthetic choice. Away from the catwalk, the Hoka's Rincon offers pillowy cushioning without sacrificing speed, with plenty of snap between impact and toe-off. Really, though, the only review I need is that in first week I ran in mine I took 25 seconds off my 10k PB. I've not worn another pair of running trainers since.
Hoka One One Rincon, £105,
Let's begin by stating the obvious: these are really nice looking shoes. You, by extension, will look good in these shoes, even in your most desperate, decrepit running moments. All of the different versions are cool (check them out in the link above), but that 'lotus pink and obsidian mist' colourway? Ooof, madone!
This long-awaited upgrade stays true to the much-loved Pegasus silhouette while improving many of its component parts, including an innovative forefoot cushioning unit (a thicker ‘Zoom Air bag' that used to stretch the length of the shoe), which helps you rebound from the ground.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37, £104.95,
A pick for our loyal readership of hiking goths (we seeim电竞官网- you). The GT 2000 black and orange trail trainers would look just as at home on fashion week pavements as they would on a rugged cliff top, but that’s not to say they aren’t up to the job. Ever-reliable Japanese running masters ASICS has kitted them out with a Plasmaguard mesh upper that makes them resistant to mud. They’re impressively light-weight, too, feature lace-up front fastening and even 3m-worth of reflectivity. Lower-density foam under the heel means they're a comfortable, smooth ride in even the rockiest conditions.
ASICS GT 2000, £120,
Saucony’s Endorphin Pro – available in a white, red, blue and green colourway – will be available from 1 July, promising a race-day fit and the introduction of ‘Speedroll’ technology, which helps to propel you forward and blurs the line between strides, keeping your momentum steady, constant and comfortable. That new feature will be aided by the S-curve carbon fibre plate above the springy superfoam, as well as a fitted 3D upper. It’s all looking good. Check out the map of future stockists in the link below.
It's also part of a new family of running shoes, including the high-performance Endorphin Speed (£155) and the Endorphin Shift (£130) for effortless comfort.
im电竞官网-Goths need running trainers too. We’ve spoken about Mizuno’s Wave Riders before – specifically a far jazzier pair further down this very page, but we like this no-nonsense black colourway, too. There’s a temptation with running – and any sport, generally – to spend more time and effort investing in flashy equipment than actually training. But these lightweight, ultra-responsive sneakers are perfect for starters who feel that they should earn their neon go-faster stripes and four-inch platform soles. They’re perfect for summer too, as the X10 outsole helps ventilation to the feet, as does the AIRmesh upper. Great stuff.
Wave Rider 23, £99.99,
im电竞官网-Built for wet and rocky trails, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 trainers are as lightweight, sleek and form-fitting as they look. For that reason they lack somewhat in terms of protection when compared to other trail shoes, but they make up for it in stability and comfort, and they offer a surprising level of spring too. The olive and cerulean colourway is our favourite, but we have to give credit to the mint version’s Nike swoosh, which looks like it’s been designed with candy sprinkles. They come in at a pretty fair price-point, too. We’re big fans.
Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6, £114.95,
Another member of Veja’s Condor family of rubber-trimmed runners, made from 53% upcycled or natural materials (the Alveomesh uppers are produced from plastic bottles, the heel support from Ricinus oil and the outsoles from Amazonian wild rubber and rice waste). That’s not to say that the material isn’t breathable – it is! – and they’re structurally sound for any runner who requires more stability. It took Veja four years of R&D to make the Condors, and the sneaker’s success amongst celebs and dedicated runners alike signals a bright future for sustainable running equipment. Give them a go.
Condor Rubber-Trimmed Alveomesh, £120,
No, you’re not staring directly into the molten core of the Earth. These trainers are just the orange and peach ‘Modern Tokyo’ edition of ASICS’ celebrated NOVABLAST range, and we like them very, very much. Flashy they may be, but they’re old reliables at heart, suitable for any distance and terrain. The cushioned midsole foam gives them a responsive, trampoline-esque bounce, and the mesh uppers keep things light and aid airflow. They are also, you will not be surprised to hear, pretty reflective. A great, statement-making all-rounder for any grade of runner.
ASICS NOVAPLAST, £120,
im电竞官网-Another extremely jazzy number, this time courtesy of Nike. Who ever said that lime green, pink and blue don’t go together? Not us! And if you did say that, you should crawl to their Beaverton, Oregon headquarters and beg for forgiveness right now – because these are Quite Nice. We like the trigonometry pattern, too, alongside the big, sharp heel – designed to create more cushioning underfoot – and the left-field foot shape. Nike have crammed a lightweight carbon fibre plate in-between the separate layers of Zoom X foam, increasing energy return and ensuring you get your best speeds yet. If it’s good enough for top athletes, it’s good enough for you.
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, £239.99,
A new Infinity Run Flyknit design from Nike’s Artist in Residence, A. Savage, who took much inspiration from national flags and costumes. The mixed colour palette is, according to the man himself, a nod to an imaginary country that unites people across the world through and sport, which is really lovely stuff. A lot better than what we thought he design was inspired by, anyway (those cool Nineties jazz cups). As for performance, they’re as stable, lightweight and springy as ever.
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit A.I.R, £139.95,
im电竞官网-You can’t fault adidas’ Asweerun trainers, some of the most affordable all-rounders on the market (especially now that the price has been sliced even further). Made with an airy mesh upper and a lightweight cushioned midsole, these trainers – available in seven different understated colourways – are the perfect choice for someone who wants to begin their running journey on a budget.
adidas Asweerun, £31.47,
Bored of running the same loop of your local park ad infinitum? Ready to step things up a gear? These lightweight-but-rugged Columbia trail shoes will allow you to take on more trying terrains, away from the ominous huffs and puffs of fellow joggers. The F.K.T.s feel locked in, responsive and comfortable, with a sock-like mesh fit and a secondary lace cage. Top stuff.
Columbia F.K.T, £110,
Whatever it is you’re into – retro design; saving the world from climate apocalypse; pull tabs – these Veja Venturis fit the bill. They’re built with a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester and natural latex from Brazil, keeping things sustainable and strong, and have a jazzy, 80s-inspired blue, red and neon yellow colourway. The soles are even made of wild rubber from the Amazonian forest, which is pretty cool. That basically makes you a swashbuckling adventurer, and don’t let the fact that you’re not legally allowed to leave the house for more than an hour make you forget that.
Venturi Hexamesh, £129,
Did you know that A.P.C., Parisian purveyors of Very Nice Garms, occasionally dabble in sportswear too? Non? Tu ne savais pas? Well they most certainly do, mon frère. We’re big fans of these navy and grey runners, crafted with a typically understated mix of mesh and suede – with foam midsole tooling, patterned laces, a durable rubber base and the A.P.C. logo stamped on the tongue. Needless to say, they deserve a place in your casual wardrobe rotation, too. The ‘Spencer’ also comes in a white, neon yellow and blue colourway.
A.P.C. Spencer Running Sneaker, £215,
The plush new Nike React Milers – released in mid-April – are all about stability and comfort over long distances (peek inside, and you'll find the line 'TRUST FOR MILES'). To that end, the mid-foot cage gives you a locked-in fit without cramping your toes together or constricting natural swelling, and high-abrasion rubber on the sole helps to defend against wear and tear. We're big fans of the colourway, but look out for the grey/neon yellow and white/blue versions too, which are set for release soon.
Nike React Miler, £114.95,
If you’ve got a 50km mountain race penned in for 2021 (and who amongst us hasn’t?) then it’s crucial that you invest in a pair of top-of-the-range trail runners. That’s where Merrell’s MTL Long Sky trainer comes in. Designed alongside ultrarunner Anna Frost – who won the frankly terrifying Transvulvana ultramarathon – these rugged runners are perfect for all kinds of terrain, providing optimum protection, support and comfort. The 5mm Vibram rubber lugs give you the grip you need, and the fabric is tear-resistant. Plus: Vegan friendly!
Merrell MTL Long Sky, £125,
A bonafide running classic, now on its 10th iteration. So what's new? Well there's a 3D molded heel cup to improve fit and stability, giving it a locked-in feel, but apart from that it's business as usual. The mesh upper is comfortable, the responsive cushioning gives you all the bounce and support you need, and the colourway will leave you feeling at one with nature – as will jumping into a bush every time someone steps within 3 metres of you on the running path. Truly reliable runners.
New Balance 860v10, £120,
The Saucony ISO 2s are all about comfort – because that’s what you deserve, after all. You’ve had a hard few days intermittently checking into your work Slack in-between episodes of The Simpsons. So when the time does roll around for your government-sanctioned jog, be rest assured that the PWRFOAM midsole will absorb the impact of your strides, while the EVERUN topsole will relieve pressure. The durable material also accommodates for a wide variety of foot sizes.
Saucony Ride ISO 2, £120,
Over 20 years later, and the translucent iMac G3 is still the epitome of modern design. There’s just a child-like wonder to peeking through plastic and checking out the nuts and bolts of stuff. Which brings us to these ‘magma orange’ Nike Joyrides. On first glance they’re just a pair of jazzy running shoes – but look closer at the heel and sole, and you’ll discover thousands of tiny, multicoloured foam beads, fit to burst. What are they for? No idea! But ours is not to reason why. (Note: they come in a bit small, so maybe order a half-size up)
Nike Joyride Run Flyknit, £159.99,
We’re big fans of these lovely navy trainers from US running brand Athletic Propulsion Labs, not least because they kind of look like they’ve been sown together by a kindly aunt. The 3D Stretch Techloom upper moves with your feet, and they’re as comfortable and sock-like as they look. Plus, they're pretty wearable as part of a casual outfit – as are most of APL's range. Check them out.
Phantom TechLoom running sneakers, £145,
Perhaps the best things about these ice-white HOVRs (a reference to the ‘zero-gravity feel’ the impact technology gives you) is the fact you can link it up to Under Armour’s MapMyRun – our jogging app of choice, for what it’s worth. That way you can measure stride length, cadence and pace, and you’ll be updated about your form in real-time (spoiler alert: you have bad form). Meanwhile, it has sprint spike-inspired speed plate that helps you get a powerful push-off. A great all-rounder.
Under Armour HOVR, £140,
Batman's knee-high leather boots simply aren't fit for purpose. At least Adam West's little ballet pumps were comfortable. That's why when Robert Pattinson finally pulls on the cowl, he should invest in a pair of these gothy GORE-TEX runners from Japanese brand ASICS. They're armed with superior grip and shock-absorbent cushioning, which would be handy for someone who spends the bulk of their days stomping on car roofs. ASICS truly know their stuff when it comes to running.
Ripstop and Rubber Sneakers, £125,
im电竞官网-Salomon trainers have been a big deal in the fashion world for a while now, but you’re most likely to see a black pair of trail runners in the wild. Maybe you'll spot the odd white zig-zag, but that'll be it. Buck that trend by investing in these petri-dish beauties, which are just as impactful on a run as on the runway. The lightweight, breathable mesh uppers help to guard against abrasions on your skin, and the Agile Chassis System means they’re more than ready for long distance efforts. You can team them with a casual outfit, too.
SalomonXT-4 Advanced Rubber-Trimmed Coated Mesh Running Sneakers, £175,
Nike are jumping on the vaporwave bandwagon. But instead of uploading a wavy Simpsons video and playing a Clams Casino song at half speed, they've gone and created these lovely teal and orange running trainers instead – an altogether more beneficial way to spend their time. These Vaporweaves are packed with all of the state-of-the-art running tech that Nike is known for, and they come in at a very reasonable price, too. A very tasteful way to inject some colour into your work-out gear.
Nike Zoom Rival Fly 2 Vaporweave Running Sneakers, £95,
im电竞官网-Adventure brand Arc'teryx was born on the rugged Coast Mountains of Canada. You were not. But that doesn't mean you can't look the part of the pioneer. Just pick up a pair of these mesh and rubber runners, designed to withstand extreme conditions. The mega-grip soles might prove to be a bit OTT for your weekly park runs, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Norvan VT 2, £140,
im电竞官网-Every day we wake up and ask ourselves: could this list do with another pair of simple black and white running trainers? The answer is always yes. We're big fans of these Flykits, largely because they look like they've been designed with a pot of Tipp-Ex. They're also made from three layers of lightweight, flexible material that will help reduce injury.
React Infinity Run Flyknit Running Sneakers, £140,
Can you even contemplate how many innocent snails you've crushed underneath your running shoes over the past ten years? Pay penance to Mother Earth and all its creatures by investing in a pair of ethically-crafted Veja trainers. These ones are made from recycled plastic bottles and feature organic cotton-jersey linings. And watch out for snails.
Condor Rubber-Trimmed Alveomesh Running Sneakers, £120,
im电竞官网-Look at that orange piping. Soak it in. We all get that Asics knows it's way around a running shoe, but the designs can often be a little too busy for our tastes. Delve deeper into their catalogue, however, and you'll find the understated sneakers you want and deserve. These ones are ready for long-distance running, and come in at a very affordable price.
Gel-Pulse 11, £85,
Ice white running trainers may not seem like a good idea at first, but they're actually a great motivator. The more you dirty them up, the more respect you'll earn from other runners on the road and the less chance they'll push you into bushes and oncoming traffic. With that in mind, opt for these ridiculously clean sneakers from US brand Athletic Propulsion Labs.
Breeze TechLoom Running Sneakers, £180,
We're big fans of the UltraBoost series and even bigger fans of saving the Earth from a fiery, pollution-fuelled apocalypse. So we're extremely please to say that adidas sourced these super comfortable sock-like trainers from recycled materials without sacrificing any of the quality.
UltraBoost 20, £159.95,
Gore-Tex is the hardy, weatherproof fabric that keeps things dry. And it lends itself well to Nike's Air Zoom Pegasus 36s, with a rigorous shell that's still lightweight enough to beat PBs, new year malaise, and the ever pleasant Q1 weather.
Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes, £129.95,
im电竞官网-Your running shoes are, of course, 3D. But are they 4D? We're assuming not, as Adidas's AlphaEDGE running shoes boast a signature 4D sole unit (that's where it gets the name!) that's been digitally printed to complement the contours of your feet. And that means a really comfortable, well-adjusted run.
AlphaEDGE 4D Running Shoes, £229.95,
A TV static-esque colourway will separate you from the super-luminous pack, but there's plenty of innovative running tech that sets these TechLoom running sneakers apart, too. Neoprene tongue and collars reduce friction, and the uppers are built with four-way stretch to fit any foot shape.
Phantom Techloom, £135,
Sounds a lot like a Japanese anime series, and you'll be running like its heroes too. Yes, Nike's Odyssey React Shield 2 trainers allow for a springy, comfortable run, and better yet, are a lot more handsome than the usual function-over-form offering.
Odyssey React Shield 2 Running Shoes, £119.95,
A supportive pair of trainers needn't cost the Earth. Nor do they need to be super garish and retro-inspired. Reebok's Quick Motions combine state-of-the-art running tech with an understated ivy green colourway. Lovely.
Reebok Quick Motion 2.0, £34.95,
Running is just as much about stunting on the haters (random pedestrians and their pets) as it is about keeping your health in check. That's why you should invest in these bulky beasts from Japanese brand Mizuno.
Red Wave Rider 1S Low Top Sneaker, £125,
adidas has teamed up with the International Space Station for a new sneaker collab. Why? Absolutely no idea, but who really cares when it results in something this iridescent and ace.
Adidas Ultra Boost 20 'Space Race', £159,
Much like Nike's previous collaboration with Tokyo-based running club Gyakusou, these beautiful '70s-inspired suede trainers will have likely sold out by the time you've finished reading this sentence. But who knows, maybe you still stand a chance! Probably not now, though. You should have stopped a few sentences back. Wait, are you still here? You're really playing with fire now, buddy.
Gyakusou Zoom Pegasus 36, £140,
The compression mesh uppers on these running trainers keeps them feeling secure, sturdy and lightweight. Plus the colourway kind of looks like it's been designed on WordArt, which we thoroughly approve of.
UA HOVR Velociti 2 Mesh Running Sneakers, £105,
Inspired by NASA technology, the Solar Boost 19's reinforced, calibrated support helps you avoid injury and develop a confident stride. adidas puts that down to the shoe's 'Solar Propulsion' and 'Energy Rail' midsole which, as well as sounding like doomed Elon Musk side projects, help to guide your foot through its natural gait cycle.
Solar Boost 19, £90.97,
A close cousin to the Vaporfly, Nike's Zoom Fly 3 is a perfect balance of comfort and performance. That means a carbon-fibre plate for added propulsion and magnetically energetic foam.
Created with a patented cushioning system, Swiss outfit On has doubled down on creating the perfect running trainer. Which, in this instance, means 18 semi-circle cushioning pods and Speedboard technology.
In a world of loud, chunky, neon-piped trainers, the Pegasus 36 keeps things refreshingly simple. Not only are they sleek and understated, but they're also crafted with Nike's state-of-the-art running innovations. The padded collars and 'Flywire' cables will have you feeling locked-in, comfortable and protected.
A big, chunky beast it may be, but Under Armour's HOVR technology ensures a 'zero-gravity feel'. Not the ideal atmospheric condition for a run, granted, but impressive nonetheless.