The Best Running Shoes 2016


THE BEST RUNNING SHOES 2016

Whether you’re a complete beginner, running weekly 10ks, or starting your spring marathon training your running shoes are your most important piece of kit. 

So we've shortlisted the 10 latest and greatest running shoes for 2016.


What's New and Exciting this Season?

BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 16

The Adrenaline GTS 16 is one of Brooks’ most popular running shoe and for good reason. The 16, the latest version of this bestselling stability shoe offers smoother transitions and better impact distribution.

The impressive BioMoGo DNA midsole adapts to your weight, pace, gait and the surface you’re running on for custom impact absorption and it’s also the first fully-biodegradable midsole. Further stability is provided by the shoe’s Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB), which keeps your running gait on track. 

The 16 also comes in a limited edition Kaleidoscope colourway

BROOKS LAUNCH 3

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.

NIKE LUNAREPIC FLYKNIT

The uniquely-shaped LunarEpic is engineered with a sock-like Flyknit upper, a one-piece construction designed to provide support where you foot and ankle needs it the most. With flexibility and breathability where your gait demands natural movement for maximum comfort, the LunarEpic is best for neutral runners or those who run with a midfoot or toe strike.

Laser-precision cutting on the Lunarlon midsole and Lunarlon pods on the outsole provide cushioning, shock absorbtion and a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

BROOKS RAVENNA 7

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.

SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO 2

The new and improved Triumph uses EVERUN Continuous Cushioning, which is pulled closer to the foot courtesy of the topsole. PWRGRID+ in the midsole provides 20% more cushioning than the inaugural Triumph, offering superior comfort and protection for neutral runners.

The ISOFIT upper delivers a sock-like fit, all without restricting your natural flexibility.

MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 19

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.

ON CLOUDFLYER

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.

ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 18

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.

UNDER ARMOUR SPEEDFOAM GEMINI 2

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 ONE ONE CLIFTON 2

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.

Your Running Gait

If you're not sure on your running gait don't forget all Runners Need stores offer free video gait analysis as part of our comprehensive running trainer fitting service.

Using video technology to analyse how your feet respond to every step, our expert fitters can assess how much you pronate - that's the extent to which your foot naturally rolls inward when you run - and where your foot strikes the ground.


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