Top 5 Running Shoes
We pride ourselves on our running heritage and impassioned advice, that's why we've created product videos with our in-store experts.
Using their insights, we curated our ‘Top 5 Running Shoes' - showcasing the latest in running technology, so there's a shoe for everyone.
Running isn’t just the 100m sprint, this discipline, much like all of us comes in all shapes and sizes. From 5ks to marathons, and everything in between,
the considerations you take for your run are essential to your success and safety.
Whether you're after a shoe that is lightweight, a sustainable shoe that aids your recovery, one to provide balance & stability, a shoe built for comfortable endurance
as you go the distance, or a shoe designed for speed as you break your personal bests, find the right shoe to keep you on track.
Looking for extra cushioning for your ankle and heel? The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a titan in comfortable endurance running. Ideal for the road, the Glycerin 20 has a neutral gait type (see Gait analysis) which suits most runners. The sole is comprised of innovative engineered Air-mesh with 3D Fit Print on the upper, a Nitrogen-infused DNA Loft v3 mid, super soft floaty cushioning, and an OrthoLite sock liner to boot, combining to deliver the ultimate softness and comfort. The materials used are specifically crafted to be durable on those longer runs, all while remaining lightweight and cushioned, so there’s no compromise on your performance. Not only does this shoe provide elite softness, the redesigned midsole guarantees a secure fit, moulding around your foot, so it stays on when you need it to.
Life is all about balance and moderation, keeping tabs on nutrition, exercise, and not having too much of the bad stuff can go a long way. The On Cloudswift is our running shoe for balance and stability, boasting a lightweight ride and several innovative ergonomic features. Running on hard surfaces never felt easier thanks to CloudTec cushioning, and Forefoot Cloud technology delivers more directional push-off. Its supportive quarter cage offers improved hold and security, keeping you on track and stable on your run without any energy loss! The responsive and smooth ride is thanks to the Helion Superfoam midsole, providing excellent balance and comfort. And if that wasn’t all, the Cloudswift is pretty stylish too. Wherever you go, stay balanced and stable when you go the distance.
The New Balance 1080v11 is a great shoe for those taking on slightly more palatable challenges. Its comfortable and lightweight design is perfect for road-running over short and long distances, keeping you springy and energised. New Balance’s trademark Fresh Foam midsole cushioning is precision engineered to deliver an ultra-cushioned lightweight ride. And the shoe’s Ultra Heel design and Bootie upper construction hug your foot for a snug supportive fit. This shaping around your foot means you’ll feel secure with every stride, despite the 1080v11’s lightweight nature, it’s a lot of shoe for one so low in gram.
With the current state of the planet, it’s essential that businesses and consumers alike give back. But not only that, this shoe also offers plenty for those who are recovering from injury, or just trying to avoid one. Our running shoe for the sustainability and injury-conscious is the Hoka Arahi 6 - combining innovative features, elite performance, and responsibly sourced materials, this is some serious runner. Boasting Meta-Rocker and J-Frame support, the Arahi 6 has increased balance and prevents inward roll and overpronation – guaranteeing a pain-free, ultra-smooth ride. The sock liner and shoe lining are made from a recycled mesh, and the midsole and outsole are crafted from CMEVA and Durabrasion treaded rubber making for one sturdy shoe. The mould is designed for mid-foot and forefoot striking, so you can handle the impacts of runs over varied distances and terrains. Additionally, the Arahi 6 exhibits Hoka’s Glide responsive cushioning, providing even further support and comfort. The Hoka Arahi 6 really is an excellent running shoe for many reasons. Not only does it look and feel good, its relatively lightweight frame will keep you at top speed for longer, and its vegan-friendly make-up showcase Hoka’s sustainability pledge, it’s a win-win-win.
Ironically, the shoe last on our list is the one that will have you finishing first. Our speed running shoe is the Hoka U Rocket X – built for road and track racing. Crafted as an ultra-lightweight unisex shoe, and innovated for pace, durability, and sustainability, this speed machine is for the record-breakers. Boasting a responsive low-profile cushion bed, lightweight rubberised zonal outsole, energised CMEVA midsole, and breathable mesh, you’ll feel the explosive power spring from your heels. The Rocket X has carbon fibre plates, providing efficient propulsion in each stride, and the early stage Meta-Rocker delivers an up-tempo propulsive ride. The Hoka U Rocket X is laden with speed weaponry, keeping your feet low to the ground, and springy with each step. This racing beast is built for the pace-setters, so blast off, and beat your personal bests, time and time again.