The Best Running Shoes 2016
A neutral shoe, the Brooks Launch 3 is just like the Adrenaline GTS but without the added stabiity. The BioMoGo DNA midsole adapts to your weight, pace, gait and the surface you’re running on for custom impact absorption and is designed to keep your running gait on track.
This new update is the lightest Launch yet, delivering a smooth and responsive ride for road running.
The 3 also comes in a limited edition Kaleidoscope colourway.
Another of Brooks popular stability shoe the Ravenna 7 offers support further forward in the arch (compared to the Adrenaline where the support is in the heel) and is much more flexible in the forefoot for better running efficiency.
The new Ravenna also has updated forefoot tooling to improve responsiveness, an adjustable saddle around the heel for an improved fit and a simplified upper for better functionality.
This neutral road shoe is all about providing cushioning and comfort over bigger distances, so that you can run further for longer. The midsole is constructed with cushioned, bouncy and lighter compounds, while Mizuno Wave Technology gives the shoe a unique shape for absorbing shock.
The Wave Rider is complete with a durable outsole and AIRmesh upper, to keep your feet cooler and drier in the warmer weather.
This shoe uses 12 distinctive ‘Cloud’ elements on the outsole, which move independently as your foot strikes and rolls over the tarmac, encouraging natural, flexible support and more natural running form. A wider platform offers fantastic stability, while the Zero Gravity foam Clouds also provide protection and cushioning.
The On Cloudsurfer will also be available this year; the Cloudflyer’s neutral cousin. It utilises its Speedboard outsole, which collapses and springs out again to transform impact energy into forward momentum.
The Nimbus 18 built for neutral road runners and engineered to provide lightweight comfort over long distance, makes them ideal running shoe for marathon training and racing.
The shoe provides high levels of comfort with bouncy cushioning (using a Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning System and FluidRide technology). Finally, a Guidance Line on the outsole and Impact Guidance System promotes natural movement and an efficient running gait.
New to Runners Need this season, UA’s Gemini 2 features unique SpeedForm Technology, the first ever seamless, moulded heel cup. This innovation is inspired by early spacesuit design and offers an incredibly precise fit and amazing comfort.
The shoe also has a dual-density midsole with Micro G foam and Charged Cushioning, which absorbs the shock of your foot strike and converts it into bouncy energy.
HOKA footwear is defined by high levels of ultralight cushioning, a low heel-to-toe drop and a limited flat zone in the centre with larger rockers on the heel and forefoot. This provides more protection, gives you more contact time on the tarmac and helps roll you forward, whether you’re a heel or forefoot striker.
The Clifton 2 is a neutral road shoe that is extremely cushioned and lightweight, making it ideal for long-distance running. HOKA claim that the best marathon time recorded using the Clifton 2 is an impressive 2 hours and 15 minutes.