Road running shoes are the most common type of running trainers, and are usually what most people think of as ‘running shoes’. They’re designed to be highly shock-absorbent to help protect your joints against the impact of hard surfaces such as roads and pavements, reducing your risk of injury.
As your most important piece of kit it’s essential you have the right shoes for you, but with so many out there, where do you start?
Here at Runners Need, we wanted to tell you why you’ll find these brand’s leading models in our stores and online year after year.
First introduced in 2013, Boost™ had the running community excited. Fast forward to 2015 and the Ultra Boost™ revolutionises the scene once again, offering 20% more boost technology for an even smoother transition between energy efficient and first class comfort, and this season’s model is no different.
Made from congealed foam “energy capsules” the Ultra Boost™ midsole propels you into your next step, reducing the amount of energy lost in each foot stride, maximising your energy return. Simply put, this means your usual training but with less effort, or the same effort with increased results in speed and distance.
With a design as sleek as its performance, the glove-like fit of the Primeknit sock upper moulds to your foot giving you consistent comfort and a smooth silhouette. Ideal for all distance runners who aren’t in need of extra stability the adidas Ultra Boost™ offers high performance and sophisticated style mile after mile.
adidas Ultra Boost | Gait: Neutral, Price £130
After last season’s switch up from a solid EVA foam, the 1080 is back with the brag worthy Fresh Foam midsole. Offering a softer, lighter, bouncier ride, the underfoot cushioning will keep you supported throughout serious mileage.
Designed for the neutral runner, the 1080 V7 features a durable blown rubber outsole engineered to stand up to even the toughest road surfaces whether you’re out for short everyday runs or long runs through the urban jungle. The specifically designed outsole groves provide a flexible strike, helping you move more freely and naturally, while the sock-like construction of the engineered mesh upper hugs your foot for a secure fit.
Along with a technology update, the 1080 comes fresh with a style update, making it sleeker for urban wear.
New Balance 1080 V7 | Gait: Neutral, Price £115
A long-time favourite for stability runners, the Adrenaline GTS 17 offers a consistently cushioned yet speedy ride.
Making its debut in the late 1990s the Adrenaline GTS continues to improve year after year without losing its defining identity. Designed specifically for moderate overpronoators who require the perfect balance between cushioning and support the Adrenaline GTS has built a well-deserved reputation for being the best stability running shoe on the market.
The impressive Biomogo DNA midsole cushioning adapts to each step and stride for maximum custom impact absorption, combined with the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) to keep your running gait on track.
This streamlined update from Brooks gives you that softer feel while keeping the secure, comfortable fit that makes the Adrenaline so popular.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 | Gait: Structured, Price: £115
Combining decades of history, research, and development the Nimbus 19 is a favourite amongst neutral runners. Providing high levels of comfort with ASICS patented Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning System and FluidRide 2.0 technology the Nimbus is engineered to provide lightweight comfort over long distances, continually giving you that smooth bounce-back feel.
New to the 19, the Nimbus features “gender specific cushioning” offering a more tailored ride for height and weight. Favoured by dedicated runners the shoe’s 10mm heel gradient for men, and 13mm for women, helps to shift your body mass forward, lessening the strain on your lower legs while the stretch-enhanced mesh upper conforms to your foot, providing a perfect fit.
ASICS Nimbus 19 | Gait: Neutral, Price: £145
Breaking onto the scene in 1991, the Nike Air Zoom Structure continues to deliver unshakeable stability and performance at high speeds.
Now in its 20th version, the Nike Air Zoom Structure offers uncompromising stability through the combination of a Flymesh upper and midfoot system and a triple-density Dynamic Support midsole to smooth the transition from heel strike to toe off using opposing wedges of foam with different densities to help slow the rate of pronation. With Nike’s Honeycomb outsole pattern you’ll find unbeatable multi-surface traction along with a snappy feel thanks to Nike Zoom Air cushioning.
Responsive whatever your distance, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 is a solid every day running shoe.
Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 | Gait: Structured, Price: £100