A new pair of running shoes is always an occasion to celebrate for runners. And sometimes it will also give them greater energy and enthusiasm to tackle longer runs. Of course, that’s after the initial few days you will need to break into the new pair. Here are some that caught our eye as we browsed the aisles for new shoes this February.
Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield
Ideal for: Those looking to enter the minimalist shoe world. It’s designed to give you the effect of running barefoot but with some protection.
Highlights: All-weather upper repels water, but the overall show is very light-weight so is impressive in such a lightweight and responsive shoe.
Despite the minimalist footprint, the outsole offers good traction and water resistance too, making it a reliable yet stylish option for the monsoon marathon season from May onwards.
Puma Speed 500 Ignite Nightcat
Ideal for: Adding a little extra speed to those everyday (or night) runs.
Highlights: Usain Bolt puts on this pair for his daily runs, so you know it comes with pedigree. The Nightcat variant features a water-resistant and reflective upper, ideal for night runners.
Puma says it made several changes to the toe area of the outsole, which help improve the gliding effect and greatly boosts speed. Do note that it’s recommended for experienced runners and not ideal for your first half marathon.
Asics Gel Kayano 23
Ideal for: Pronators who need extra support and cushioning when running.
Highlights: The 23rd iteration of the world-famous Kayano series see a feature-packed sole designed to aid easy interaction of foot with the ground.
The huge amount of cushioning will be much appreciated for longer runs, but the reinforced midsole might feel too heavy for those who run with a normal stride. The seamless upper is sure to add to that snug feeling and increase comfort levels of an already cushy sounding pair.
Adidas Ultra Boost
Ideal for: Long-distance running, with a focus on comfort and stability.
Highlights: As this is the Adidas Boost midsole, it will have the congealed foam “energy capsules” for that bouncy comfortable ride.
Those with a high cadence rate will enjoy how this shoe takes you from one stride to the next with little effort and the the knitted upper gives a snug glove fit for your foot. Not ideal, however, for those with wide feet as Adidas shoes typically lean on the narrower side.
Under Armour Charged Bandit 2
Ideal for: Those seeking a well-rounded shoe for comfort in long runs or short.
Highlights: Adding a big cushioned section and making this shoe ready for long distances didn’t limit the signature lightweight feel of this Under Armour Bandit 2.
At under 300g, the Bandit 2 offers a great amount of support, and is very comfortable for long distances on both road and drier trails. The upper is breathable and stretchy, but there’s no water protection whatsoever. It’s still speedy enough to be used for shorter runs and speed training.
Saucony Triumph ISO 3
Ideal for: Supreme riding comfort even over long distances.
Standout feature: The trademark EVERUN sole tech means you will get awesome support and energy return from the bouncy material used here.
The upper is snug and features padding to ensure greater comfort over long runs. The ample cushioning and the EVERUN tech makes you truly feel like you are bouncing along. Perfect for those days when you feel like you can’t run for long.