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?
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:
A pillowy, cushioned shoe, this was one of the most-cushioned shoes on test in the RW Shoe Lab in 2017. Whilst a good choice for beginner runners, a few more experienced testers found the extra cushion gave this a bit of a sludgy ride that, when coupled with a lack of flexibility, caused runners to have to work harder just to pick up their feet. It’s comfortable, reassuring and durable, just not built for speed.
The Triumph Iso has won our best updated shoe for the past two years, and impressed us in 2017 with its cushioned midsole, breathable mesh and heel cushioning, which kept its bounce even after sustained pounding from heavier runners. The Triumph ISO 3 was quick to drain water and dry out after splashing through puddles. A soft, responsive, grippy ride that will give long-run comfort to the masses.
Although they made quite a few changes in the Ravenna 9 model, this is still an impressive shoe from Brooks. Our testers loved the Ravenna 8’s mild support and plush cushioning. With a springier toe-off than past models, this is a good long-run option for mild over-pronators.
Another shoe that goes along the same ‘if it ain’t broke…’ lines, the only real difference between this year’s version and the Guide 10 is the ISOFIT technology around the midfoot. The Guide 10 is still a great shoe, with a bouncy Everrun midsole foam and a chevron-shaped outsole, which provides excellent traction in wet weather. There’s also great flexibility through transition from heel to toe. A good, high-mileage shoe for mild overpronators.
A high-mileage neutral shoe, it’s light, with good traction on the Continental rubber outsole and Boost midsole foam in the heel. Our testers loved the ‘bounce’, the ‘floaty feeling’, the ‘effortless pick-up’ and the ‘spring-heeled’ effect. The midfoot is very narrow, so you might need to go up a size in these.
An Asics classic that has been around for years, the 2017 iteration of this mid-range stability shoe is slightly different to the 2000 v6, but still a good choice. With middle-of-the-road levels of cushioning, medial support, flexibility and fit, if you’re a mild-to-moderate over-pronator, you’ll enjoy the decent stability.
A good shoe, which is flexible and responsive, whilst still offering excellent cushioning. It’s a good fit for light and fast runners, and should be used for those wanting to pick their feet up on short, fast training sessions and races.
The Adrenaline shoe from Brooks has been around a long time, so last season’s GTS 17 is still a great choice. In fact, not much has changed between the GTS 17 and this year’s GTS 18, only the upper aesthetic. Smooth, supportive and constant, not much has changed over the years as not much needs to. This model has a deeper V-groove in the outsole for a slightly smoother transition and remains a hugely impressive, versatile, high-mileage stability shoe.
A model with a 20-year following, the Gel Nimbus is a plush, comfortable, premium neutral cushioning shoe with a slim fit. Whilst there were a few changes to this year’s model, which won our Editor’s Pick Award, the Nimbus 19 offers the familiar stable, pillowy, no-fuss ride for neutral runners.
A stability shoe for races and fast runs, the midsole is bouncy and durable, even after a pounding from heavy runners. The flexibility is excellent and the medial post is strong enough to cope with moderate overpronators. The toebox is a tad narrow, but all together this is a good shoe.