10 of the best last-season running shoes under £100

best cheap running shoes under £100

Whether you’re training for your first mile, or your first marathon, wearing the right running shoes is essential. Yet as one of the most expensive parts of kit to invest in, how can you save money, without jeopardising your run?

Related: Best running shoes 2018 – the complete shoe guide

When it comes to some of the big brands, although the design might be tweaked season to season, more often than not the technology remains the same, so investing in a pair of last season’s shoes isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We’ve rounded up ten of the best pairs of running shoes that might be from last summer, but will help you make a saving as you clock up the miles:  

1. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

When Nike released their Pegasus 35 earlier this year, the price of the 34 dropped, but this shouldn’t put you off investing. Keeping it simple, the Pegasus 34 provide a shoe that’s adequately cushioned with a middling-to-firm ride and is unobtrusive but effective. Compared to the Pegasus 33, there’s extra mesh holes in the toebox, a more shaped heel counter and a tighter midfoot wrap, but this was remains a mass-market crowd-pleaser.

Heel cushioning: Quite soft
Forefoot cushioning: Quite soft
Flexibility: Quite stiff
Weight: 295g (men’s), 255g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 1m (men’s), 8mm (women’s)

BUY NOW - women’s, £69, runnersneed.com

BUY NOW - men’s, £72.97, nike.com

2. Brooks Ghost 10

The Brooks Ghost range has been around for years, and this one is one of their best. The segmented crash pad in the heel is a little bit thicker than past models (which helps cushion the landing force), the mesh upper is more adaptive and moves with your foot better, the lining is plusher and the toe-spring is a little higher to promote a faster push-off. Our testers loved it all, and the lab rated the Ghost the second-most cushioned shoe on test. A good marathon training option for mild overpronators.

Heel cushioning: Quite soft
Forefoot cushioning: Quite soft
Flexibility: Quite stiff
Weight: 284g (men’s), 240g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 11mm

BUY NOW - women’s, £89, runnersneed.com

BUY NOW - men’s, £96, brooksrunning.com 

3. Asics Gel Kayano 24

 

The Gel Kayano has long been the go-to shoe for high-mileage runners who need mild-to-moderate overpronation support and the good news for fans is that last year’s version still gets the thumbs up. The durability issues that have plagued the upper on earlier versions of the Kayano seem to have been fixed in the 24, the fit around the heel has been made snugger and the toebox has been widened for better toe splay. The heel drop (see figures below) sits in a nice middle ground, offering support without being too stacked. A high-class workhorse.

Heel cushioning: Quite firm
Forefoot cushioning: Quite soft
Flexibility: Quite stiff
Weight: 317g (men’s), 261g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 8.5mm (men’s), 12mm (women’s)

BUY NOW - men’s, £90, asics.com

BUY NOW - women’s, £90, asics.com

4. New Balance FuelCore Rush 3

 

Tester Gavin O’Reilly was a big fan of these shoes last year: ‘The Rush had everything I look for
 in a running shoe – and more,’ he said. ‘They are light, strong, and responsive – but stable enough for those who need just a little support on the run. Each time I went out I was knocking more and more seconds off, running faster for longer and achieving times I haven’t run for years.’ We don’t
 think there’s anything we need to add to that review.

Heel cushioning: Quite firm
Forefoot cushioning: Very firm
Flexibility: Quite flexible
Weight: 274g (men’s), 206g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 7.5mm (men’s), 5.5mm (women’s)

BUY NOW - men’s, £59, newbalance.co.uk

BUY NOW - women’s, £32.24, amazon.co.uk 

5. Hoka Clifton 4

 

When they updated this popular neutral shoe, Hoka decided to go big on what made it a hit in the first place – dropping some weight, widening the forefoot and increasing the cushioning. However, testers found the resulting ride quite variable. The cushioning was fine on slower runs but felt mushy at speed. And while the extra room was welcomed by those with wide feet, others complained of excessive movement inside the shoe. But for lightweight bounce and lateral stability, this remains a good option.

Heel cushioning: Quite soft
Forefoot cushioning: Extremely soft
Flexibility: Very stiff
Weight: 275g (men’s), 224g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 9mm (men’s), 7mm (women’s)

BUY NOW - Men’s , £65.99, sportsshoes.com 

BUY NOW -  Women’s, £65.99, sportsshoes.com 

6. Puma Speed Ignite Netfit

 

This unusual-looking Puma shoe resembles a bootie with netting attached to it. In terms of performance it divided our testers. While the netting did its job of allowing the wearer to customise the lacing for a perfect fit, the firm cushioning was a problem for all but the heaviest runners who liked the stiff ride and lack of flexibility, but disliked the lowish heel drop. A shoe with potential but it needs to work out who it’s aimed at. Best kept for short-to-medium runs.

Heel cushioning: Very firm
Forefoot cushioning: Quite firm
Flexibility: Quite stiff
Weight: 298g
Heel/toe drop: 6mm

BUY NOW - women’s £39.99, sportsshoes.com 

BUY NOW - men’s £48, wiggle.co.uk 

7. Saucony Freedom ISO

 

If bounce is what you’re after, this is 
just the running shoe for you. You will notice the plush Everrun midsole foam (Saucony’s premium foam) as soon as you start to move. Add to this the great fit, superb flexibility (verified by our lab) and reports of excellent responsiveness and you get a ride that more than lives up to the Freedom moniker. Be aware, though, that these come up just a touch small so don’t wear thick socks with them – or consider going up one half size.

Heel cushioning: Neither very firm nor very soft
Forefoot cushioning: Quite soft
Flexibility: Very flexible
Weight: 263g (men’s), 214g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 5mm

BUY NOW - Men’s, £70, prodirectrunning.com 

BUY NOW - Women’s, £70, prodirectrunning.com

8. Adidas adizero adios 3

 

It’s no surprise the Adizero Adios 3 was the lightest shoe on test because it’s a pure, unbridled speedster. The mix of firm cushioning and incredible flexibility make it perfect for getting up on your toes and really going for it, especially at distances up to 10 miles. And if you get tired and feel the need to rock back on your feet a little, the moderate 10mm heel drop means there’s a little heft there to support you through the latter stages of a longer race. Lace up and let fly.

Heel cushioning: Quite firm
Forefoot cushioning: Very firm
Flexibility: Extremely flexible
Weight: 226g (men’s), 186g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 10mm

BUY HERE - Men’s, £74.95, sportsshoes.com

BUY HERE - Women’s, £77.97, sportsshoes.com

9. Saucony Ride 10

 

 

It’s difficult to know whether Saucony should be pleased with the results of this test. The Ride – a firm favourite for fans
of highly cushioned shoes with a wide last (outline) – tested well, with runners (especially heavier ones) loving the middling levels of both cushioning and flexibility. On the other hand, Saucony had gone to the not inconsiderable trouble of providing a new mesh upper, more flexible outsole grooves and a more adaptive heel counter
– but nobody noticed the difference.

Heel cushioning: Quite soft
Forefoot cushioning: Very soft
Flexibility: Quite flexible
Weight: 282g (men’s), 237g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 10mm (men’s), 9mm (women’s)

BUY HERE - Men’s, £69.99, sportsshoes.com

BUY HERE - Women’s, £69.99, sportsshoes.com

10. ASICS Cumulus 20

 

Asics took a risk by substantially updating the Cumulus 19 with new forefoot overlays for a firmer wrap, changing the heel geometry for a more secure fit, reducing seams throughout to reduce the risk of chafing and inserting a new sockliner, but it has paid off handsomely and the 20 continues in this vein. In test, the 20 was lauded by all; a wonderfully comfortable, plush, high-mileage everyday shoe.

Heel cushioning: Quite soft
Forefoot cushioning: Very soft
Flexibility: Quite stiff
Weight: 307g (men’s), 252g (women’s)
Heel/toe drop: 10mm

BUY HERE - Men’s, £83.99, prodirectrunning.com

BUY HERE - Women’s, £83.99, prodirectrunning.com