Running shoes are designed specifically for the repetitive, high-impact forward motion, whereas other styles serve different purposes (read: they look fab!). And when you’re trying to pound the pavement, the last thing you want to be is uncomfortable or susceptible to injury.
“Runners have three key needs: fit, feel and force. Nike Running footwear is designed specifically to tackle these needs, and also to provide zero distractions during your workout,” he says, “Your body moves in very specific ways when you run, and does need protection from the impact and repetition so wearing a shoe designed for running, rather than say, the gym, will keep you comfortable and will work with your body in this scenario.”
Sam Strutt’s top tips for finding the perfect running shoe:
1. Comfort. The very first thing you should notice when you slip on a pair of shoes that are right for you is that they are comfortable. Nike focuses on designing footwear that works with your foot, like the Lunar Epic Flyknit, so that a shoe can suit many different foot types and you can focus on what feels comfortable rather than what you “should” be wearing.
2. Fit. Fit is also extremely important. Your feet will swell quite a bit when you are exercising, so make sure you have about half a thumb’s width between your big toe and the front of the shoe. The shoe should fit securely around the heel and hold the midfoot in place adding support to the shoe.
Find the right running shoe:
Nike LunarEpic Flyknit
Nike’s new LunarEpic Flyknit is the running shoe guaranteed to knock your socks off … quite literally. The chic new design features a sock-like upper and second-skin fit, making it feel like a natural extension of your leg. Maximising both cushioning and traction (with a range of cool colour ways), they’re ideal for runners (our pick of the bunch!).
Shop → Nike LunarEpic Flyknit $250.00
New Balance Foam Zante V2
Designed to enhance both speed and performance, New Balance’s Foam Zante V2 is a must-have running shoe. Featuring a breathable, no-sew upper, the shoes have a supportive design and a plush Fresh Foam insole.
Shop → New Balance Foam Zante V2 $170.00
ASICS FuzeX Lyte
Providing a comfortable and supportive fit, ASICS’ new FuzeX Lyte promises to have you hitting the pavement with ease. The innovative fuzeGEL, a combination of gel and foam, in its midsole and rear-foot shock absorption are a runners dream.
Shop → ASICS FuzeX Lyte $140.00
Adidas by Stella McCartney PureBoost X
If you’ve already read our latest rave about the new Adidas PureBoost X, you’ll know that these babies will make you want to run (yes, you read that right). This unique Stella McCartney version feature a primeknit upper that give you a snug and supported fit. Energy-returning, bounce-enducing, lightweight and adaptive – it’s no surprise they’re being praised in the running world.