Our Top 6 Picks for Running Shoes

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4 April 2023

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Running shoes have to be the unsung heroes of our exercise gear. 

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Let’s face it, those old trainers you’ve been wearing since 2017 aren’t even up for a quick walk to the shops anymore, let alone a 5k. But alas, finding the perfect trainers for jogging and sprinting is easier said than done.

Whether you’re looking for trainers to help you achieve that marathon goal or maybe you’re looking for a little wardrobe refresh to revive and motivate your daily runs, we’ve done the research to track down the best running shoes on the market so you can conserve your energy for the racetrack than the internet!

P.S.If you want to become a committed runner, it’s best to visit a local running store for a complete arch evaluation before investing in a new pair to uncover what type of runner you are.

ON Cloudsurfer Womens

ON Cloudsurfer Womens $279.99

The ON Cloudsurfer provides all-around comfort for your feet. The premium training shoe is specifically developed for road runners and allows for softer landings and more explosive take-offs thanks to the revolutionary rubber pods embedded in the midsole. Additional foam is strategically placed throughout the outsole to provide durability and shock absorption, while the zig-zag pattern ensures good grip and traction on wet and slippery surfaces.

The Cloudsurfer is light and bouncy, with a rocker shape in the sole that ensures a seamless transition with each step. Overall, an excellent all-around shoe that is cushioned enough for easy kilometres yet light and responsive enough for your short stints.


Adidas Adizero Running Shoes

Adidas Adizero Running Shoes $200

Adidas’ most recent addition to the high-performance Adizero family is great for anyone aiming to set new personal bests without breaking the bank. Adidas ADIZERO SL is a quick daily training shoe packed with important components and design cues from our world-renowned Adizero series. The midsole is made up of a full-length lightweight Lightstrike EVA chassis that delivers stability, robustness, and cushioning. The complete rubber outsole ensures grip on every surface, which is important as we head into New Zealand’s unpredictable and stormy weather. Don’t let the rain stop you in these kicks!

Zoomx Invincible Run Flyknit 3

Zoomx Invincible Run Flyknit 3 – Women’s $299

Nike has transcended its status as America’s apparel giant to become a source of invention, knowledge, and potential in their quest for peak human performance. Every pair of swoosh-branded footwear is developed and made using biomechanically verified technology that has been shown to minimise injury risk and improve perception and feel. The ‘Just Do It’ brand has revolutionised the route to athletic achievement with the Nike Air midsole, Lunarlon Foam cushioning, and FlyKnit fibres. These invincible fly knits are a go-to for serious runners who love running long distances. These are incredibly lightweight and breathable. Just note that due to the soft fibres, don’t tie the laces too tight!

Ultra Glides

Ultra Glides $210

When your trail running ambitions take you far and wide, you’ll need a shoe that will keep you comfortable all day without weighing you down. That’s why Salomon crammed as much grip, fit, and lightweight comfort as they could into the new Ultra Glides. You can conquer any long-distance obstacle with these on your feet. These trainers feature an amazing bounce that will have you on the go with a fresh spring in your stride. I love how these feature a drawstring toggle which replaces the usual laces. You won’t need to worry about undone or loose laces anymore.

PE Nation x Gel-Quantum 180 VII

PE Nation x Gel-Quantum 180 VII $250

One of my best pals is a runner; she couldn’t recommend this pair enough – “This pair from P.E. Nation and Asics, designed specifically for more uncertain trail terrain, felt like a dream from my first run.” The ASICS Institute of Sport Science developed the GEL-QUANTUM 180TM VII shoe, which blends a futuristic form with innovative cushioning technology. Its top has been redesigned with a jacquard mesh upper for improved ventilation and comfort. The streamlined appearance of the design also includes smooth lines and fewer layers to produce a more adjustable fit. 

They just look freaking awesome, which is difficult to achieve with trainers. I hypothesise that dressing in bright, cheery colours makes the average joe more inclined to get up and move about. And with this jazzy design, this entertaining pair surely meets the description. They’re incredibly light and bouncy, and they will feel great straight away.

Allbirds Wool Tree Flyers

Allbirds Wool Tree Flyers $270

If you’re one for sustainability, look no further than Allbirds for all your eco-friendly shoe needs. Meeting the highest standards of animal welfare, environmental care and social sustainability, these lightweight and uber warm sneakers are made with a ZQ certified Merino wool upper. The midsole is made from sugarcane, the insole foam is made from castor bean oil and the outsole is natural rubber. If you’re wondering how these are water resistant in a sustainable way, the shoes are treated with a fluorine-free water repellent coating! Even the nylon eyelets are bio-based and the shoe laces are made from recycled plastic bottles. Flexible and warm with sufficient traction, once you try Allbirds, there’s no going back. 

So, there you have it team, the unsung heroes of exercise gear – running shoes! Don’t let your tired old trainers hold you back from achieving your running goals. Check out our researched list of the best running shoes on the market and treat your feet to the support they deserve. And remember, a visit to a local running store for an arch evaluation is always a good idea to find the perfect pair for you. Happy running!

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