Looking to run faster? The best running racing shoes on the market for summer 2018

If you’re looking to build your speed this summer, we’ve got the running shoes to help.

What makes racing shoes different to normal running shoes?

Racing shoes are ultra-lightweight, built on a curved last and stripped of the majority of cushioning and stability features found on most training shoes. Generally, the lighter the show the more minimalist the design. You should look to buy a racing shoe if you’re a fast runner, concerned predominantly with weight.

Related: The best running shoes 2018

What are the best racing shoes on the market for summer 2018?

We’ve gone for a run in six of the speediest shoes on the market this summer and here’s what we thought:

INOV-8 X-Talon 230, £115, inov-8.com 

One for trail racers. The heel drop is 6mm and the sticky outsole lugs are 8mm deep, so you can run harder on tough terrain without worrying about it.

Adidas Adizero Prime Boost, £160, adidas.co.uk 

These contain both the supremely bouncy Boost cushioning and grippy Continental rubber. A torsion-control device in the midfoot gives stability at high speed, and the stunningly low 128g weight means you should fly wearing these.

Altra Vanish, £90, sportsshoes.com 

Altra is known for its zero-drop shoes and this feather-light (128g) model is best kept for accomplished track racers and road speedsters for whom the best shoe is one that feels like it isn’t there at all.

New Balance Hanzo S, £120, newbalance.co.uk 

This is a good choice for distances from 10K up to half marathon. The midsole cushioning is both robust and bouncy, the upper is a snug fit with minimal seams and the high spring means you can push off on each step.

Saucony Type A8, £100, saucony.co.uk 

This is as close as you are going to get these days to an old-school racing flat. The 4mm heel drop and 167g weight mean this is perfect for those looking for a race-day shoe for distances up to 10 miles.

Brooks Hyperion, £110, wiggle.co.uk

This replicated the T7 racer as Brooks’ fastest shoe. The 10mm heel drop will appeal to those who don’t like low-slung models, as will the cushioning and the low weight (184g), responsiveness and slim fit. This shoe will help you hit top speed at everything from short track work to half marathons.