In the market for a new running shoe? Check out these options which have stormed the stores this season, from tested favourites such as the Nike Pegasus line to new-age wonders such as Hoka One One, Zoot and Altra. These are our picks for the best running shoes currently.
The Fresh Foam series from NB has become a scorcher as far as sales and endorsements are concerned with several ranges of shoes featuring this technology, all of which can be browsed here. A single-piece outsole helps in keeping the weight low, while allowing runners to have a smooth ride, without losing on stability upon impact. A combination of no-sew support and premium breathable mesh provides a secure, flexible and soft upper fit, and also stabilizes the the foot upon impact.
A toe spring which should ideally assist with the quick transition of the foot from heel to toe, should allow runners to even take up high-speed training routines, while a fresh foam midsole provides continual cushioning no matter your striking and lift-off position.
Hoka One One Bondi 4
With an all-EVA midsole and an Early-Stage Metatarsal Rocker, the Bondi 4 provides a smooth, cushioned ride that’s been a hallmark of this line of shoes since the first generation. Like the Bondis before it, this one too will be revered for its balance and simplicity, despite the dramatic curve that it forms when sat flat on the floor. It’s primarily designed for running on hard, man-made surfaces, i.e it’s an excellent option for tracks and road races, but the Bondi 4 is also said to have enough traction for running on light trails, and looser surfaces.
Zoot Del Mar
Zoot has been long known for its race-day gear for triathletes, but the Del Mar is built as a neutral trainer than you can use for long training runs, or even on the race day. It’s said to be super smooth despite the maximal cushioning and thick two-layer midsole. This dual layer is made up of shock-absorbing layer of material directly under the foot, a technique which has got the fancy marketing term Z-Bound. Not enough? There’s also a more supple foam layer between the midsole and the rubber outsole. All this means you are in for a gentler ride and modest pace when running. Don’t expect to be breaking your personal bests with this pair, as it’s not built for speed.
Altra Torin 2.0
Shoes with fat midsoles are becoming more and more common these days, and so it is with the Altra Torin 2.0, which ups the ante with a triple layer foam midsole, made up of responsive proprietary A-Bound compound, the footbed, and a two-layer EVA foam undercarriage. It’s designed for plush comfort inside with a padded tongue, softly padded sockliner, and a foot-shaped forefoot which has lots of toe-wriggle room. The new version is a tad lighter and more flexible in the forefoot—which allows it to feel faster and more agile for tempo runs, progression runs and fartleks. It’s the right shoe for a variety of training and racing applications for runners seeking a soft, cushy ride.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32
As one of the flagship shoes in Nike’s stable, the Pegasus has a great pedigree, stretching back over 3 decades. This one also has the Air Zoom cushioning package, Nike’s proprietary Flywire sidewall or arch support system to form a trainer that’s suited for a wide variety of running workouts from long runs to fartleks. It’s a great pair to train for upcoming 10K, half marathons and marathons.