There can be no simpler joy than putting on a pair of running shoes and running. But choosing the right shoes is not quite as easy - good job, then, that we're here to lead you through the process.
Recommended for runners who need maximum midsole cushioning and minimum medial support. These shoes
are best for biomechanically efficient runners and midfoot or forefoot strikers with high or normal arches.
Motion control shoes
Recommended for moderate to severe overpronators who need maximum rearfoot control and extra support on the medial (arch) side of their shoes. These runners tend to be flat-footed or strike hard on their heels. Also best-suited to bigger runners who need plenty of support and durability.
As the name suggests, these are designed for running off the beaten track. Also called trail shoes, they might be designed as a road shoe with a harder-wearing upper and extra grip on the outsole, or they could be a shoe designed specifically for off-road use. The latter are usually simple, technology-light but with tons of traction.
Recommended either for racing or, if you’re biomechanically efficient, for training. They have varying degrees of support and cushioning but they’re generally lighter (most weigh around 200-300g) and narrower.
Recommended for runners who are mild to moderate overpronators and who generally have low to normal arches. These runners tend to need a shoe with a combination of good support and midsole cushioning.
Track shoes can seem intimidating. It’s easy to assume they’re the preserve of elite athletes, but they’re not. A weekly session at a track will not only help to give your speedwork an edge, but the variety will help keep you motivated, too.
Designed for biomechanically efficient runners who want maximum responsiveness and a stripped-down shoe with a degree of cushioning. These are midway between neutral cushioned shoes and performance trainers for weight, cushioning and ‘heft’.