Vote For The Best-Looking Shoe 2008

With the RW International Shoe Summit now just a week away, we want you to tell us which shoe you think scores highest in the fashion stakes

Posted: 19 October 2008

Let’s face it: not all running shoes are known for their looks. For most of us, running shoes are about function, not fashion.

But our editors were curious to see who would win if we asked you to vote for the best-looking running shoe.

To come up with the nominations, we asked the shoe editors across all 14 of our international editions to pick the running shoes they felt looked the best. Here's the final shortlist:

adidas Response Cushion 17
New Balance 903
Nike Air Vomero+ 3
Nike LunarTrainer+
Saucony ProGrid Paramount

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Are these the best looking 2008 shoes that Runners World could give us to choose between? I personally think all of them are hideous!
Posted: 27/10/2008 at 12:51

They look bad in that list, my favourite at the moment is the Salomon XA Pro 3D shoe, very nice. 

Posted: 27/10/2008 at 13:04

But they're not covered in mud ????
Posted: 27/10/2008 at 13:07

I ran the Beachy Head in Nike yesterday but mine are pink (well, they WERE pink til all that mud about mile 5!!!!)
Posted: 27/10/2008 at 13:52

The new balance would look OK if not for the colour scheme, my red and white NB ones are the height of elegance.


Posted: 27/10/2008 at 13:52

I'm a Saucony girl myself, and though i have to admit my Rides are not the best looking shoes in the world at least the blue and silver colour scheme is pleasing to the eye!
Posted: 27/10/2008 at 14:20

I wear Nike Cesiums - weirdest looking shoe on the planet  (laces up on the outer side)  but brilliant for overpronators like me.  Only thing is, they've withdrawn them  - if you're listening Nike BRING THEM BACK!
Posted: 27/10/2008 at 14:59

looks wise i like these...

although iam very taken with these (especially if they glow in the dark!)

Posted: 27/10/2008 at 20:20

What I don't understand is why running shoes are basically white?

Most of my clothes and socks are black, so why not my shoes? And the mud wouldn't show so much . .

Posted: 28/10/2008 at 14:26

good point, they should be brown!
Posted: 28/10/2008 at 15:06

But then you wouldn't be able to find them when they'd come off in the mud!!

Posted: 28/10/2008 at 16:39

Could have bright pink glittery bits to make them easier to find
Posted: 28/10/2008 at 16:46

mine are black and very dark grey and mud coloured ...Id destroy those Mizunos ..although how do trail/off road shoes become hi viz when it is probably very dark?
Posted: 28/10/2008 at 21:11

I'm so glad this thread exists.  The man at a specialist shoes store did not look very impressed when I said the colour of shoes I preferred.  While of course quality matters most, so does appearance. 

Posted: 29/10/2008 at 07:24

Amen to that Happy Feet!
Posted: 29/10/2008 at 09:03

I did not buy a pair of shoes based on appearance. They were the wrong shape and the wrong colour.

Are we just a very conservative lot?

Be good to see if we can't come up with the 'ideal' looking pair of trainers? Those Nike Lunar things had me LMAO

Posted: 29/10/2008 at 21:23

My running shoes are black, deliberately.  I dislike the girly colour options.  And dark shoes make your feet look smaller.... which is handy if you have gone up a size to stop your toenails going black and falling off.   (black toenails don't make my feet look smaller)
Posted: 30/10/2008 at 22:16

I remember seeing  a pair of faux snakeskin patterened Kayano 14s on Amazon - they were pretty funky!

 My faves aren't my running shoes, they are a pair of Merrell Chameleon Stretch, in a funky light blue / dark blue colourway - vive le Merrell hehehe

Posted: 31/10/2008 at 10:59

mellitus wrote (see)

What I don't understand is why running shoes are basically white?

Marketing... To encourage us to buy noo shoos when they get dirty. It doesn't work though does it? Why not make them dark beige, as that's the colour they turn into!

Then there's the gents and laydees colourways, jeez that's annoying. Men's version is navy, women's baby blue etc. And who wants a pink shoe?  New balance made their 858s pink - certainly encouraged me to break them in on an off-road muddy run.

Posted: 31/10/2008 at 14:23

Im sure they make mens triathlon shooos in pink!

amd while we are at it why does all womens sportswear have to have pink bits... thank god for menswear and fluo !

Posted: 31/10/2008 at 17:30

Red would be a better colour for me. I just can't seem to get the blood stains out.
Posted: 31/10/2008 at 17:49

lol ....for some reason that makes me think of  you as some kind of psychopathic slasher !
Posted: 31/10/2008 at 17:51

Hi everyone

I'm running with brooks shoes (gliceryn 5) now , i've run with saucony (greed) too . My shoes are white () and i often clean them .  My mates of the team run with asics too .When i go to buy my running shoes the shop assistant (he is a veteran of marathon) tell me:" Enrico not look the color but if the shoes are confortable for you. You train for long distance (marathon) and after hours and hours of training (this is your weekly text) do you soffer pains to the back ? Good shoes help you this is true, the color is secondary...this is my opinion 

good run


from Rome

escuse-me for mistakes 

Posted: 05/11/2008 at 07:13

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