Best Shoes for Running and Training

Trying to find the best shoes for running and training can be a bit of a challenge, Based on comfort, secure fit, grip and stability – we’ve put together some of the shoes we use and highly recommend, for both running and general strength training, as well as strength training and shorter runs. 

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Brooks Glycerin 17

Brooks Glycerin 17 black and green running shoe
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Brooks Glycerin 17 are one of the best shoes for running and training, they’re a great option due to the DNA loft technology used, they provide excellent comfort and stability whether out for a run on the treadmill or for a gruelling cardio or HIIT training workouts where grip and stability are paramount.

The upper incorporates secure fitting breathable mesh using 3D Fit Print tech and a midsole with DNA loft and OrthoLite liner to ensure shock absorption and heightened comfort. The outsole is made of rubber and has flex grooves that is highly durable and provides great traction for a long run.

If you’re looking for quality cushioned shoes for your running and training workouts you won’t find much better than the Glycerin 17.

Specification: Cushioned Neutral support, Weight: m/10.6oz or w/9.2oz,  Midsole drop: 10mm with a medium to High arch, Normal and 2E widths.

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Adidas Ultraboost 20

Adidas Ultraboost 20 shoe space edition
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The Adidas Ultraboost 20 comes with an additional 20% of Boost in the Midsole allowing for a comfortable and spring like stride – although at the sacrifice of a small bit more weight it’s well worth it. The Outsole uses the same Continental rubber as the 19’s allowing for great durability and traction. The Upper is where most changes have been rolled out in this new version, the woven  Primeknit provides breathable support around the foot while the Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) on the midfoot stabilizes and secures the foot and the 3D Heel Frame provides ankle support and a naturally comfortable fit.

The Ultra Boost range has always been one of the best all rounder shoes for running and training and the Ultra Boost 20 lives up to the name – with a walking on air feel about them there out of this world.

Specifications: Neutral support with a midsole drop of 10mm, Weight: 10.9oz for size 9(US), Medium arch, Width: Medium (D) and bundles of boost.

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Asics Gel Nimbus 22

Adidas Gel Nimbus 22 gym and running shoe
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Asics Gel Nimbus 22 offers a comfortable responsive stride due to the many technologies integrated in the shoes. Gel technology is used at the front and on the rear of the shoe to neutralize impact on the foot, the light-weight outsole made of High-Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) is highly durable and stands up to wear and tear. Nimbus 22 use FLYTEFOAM technology in the midsole and TRUSSTIC technology in the arch to provide stability and a spring in every step. The upper has mesh engineered to be lightweight and designed to adjust to your feet.

The Gel Nimbus 22 offer an all round great experience for long runs, and stability for gym workouts. 

They are available in multiple widths: Medium (D), Wide (2E), Extra Wide (4E).

Specifications: Weight: 10.9oz or 309 grams, a Heel Drop of 10mm and 31 mm on the Heel and 21 mm at the Forefoot,

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Reebok Crossfit Nano 9

Rebook Nano 9 training shoes
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The Reebok Crossfit Nano 9 is one of the best shoes for running and training, they come packed with great technologies such as Flexweave in the upper which is durable, flexible, secure fitting and breathable on the feet. RopePro technology for intense rope climbing workouts and translucent rubber on the outsole for secure grip and stability.

The Nano 9’s are considered to be one of the best all rounders and although purposefully designed for Crossfit the latest version are even better adapted for running due to the new cushioning in the forefoot and the midsole’s new NanoShell wrap.

Crossfit Nano 9 are great for shorter runs, cardio, dynamic training and of course Crossfit workouts.

Specifications: Stability and a drop of 4mm, Weight 340grams/12oz, Flexweave, NanoShell and RopePro tech

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Brooks Ghost 12

Brooks Ghost 12 navy and green running shoe
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Brooks Ghost line of shoes is one of the most popular available and for very good reasons. This neutral fitting cushioned shoe comes with softness and responsiveness technologies integrated into the midsole to provide the perfect balance of stability and comfort.

The Outsole is made of rubber and has a Segmented Crash Pad which provides protection to the foot on impact while running. The Midsole consists of two materials by Brooks, BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT when worked together they offer the perfect balance of comfort and stability. The Upper is made of 3D Fit Print mesh allowing for breathability and a snug fit.

Specification: Neutral support with a 12mm midsole drop, Weigh 10.4oz or 394.8 grams, medium – High arch, Cushioned with BioMoGo DNA, DNA LOFT, 3D Fit Print and Segmented Crash Pad.

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Nike Metcon 5

Nike Metcon 5 training shoe with black upper and black and pink out sole
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The Nike Metcon 5 builds on where its popular predecessor left off and continues to provide an extremely stable experience for weightlifting and welcomed improvements in the forefoot for a better running experience.

The upper is made of haptic 3D print which is highly durable coupled with a mesh finish that allows for better airflow to the feet, the tongue now has additional padding that allows for a more snug and secure fit.

The dual density midsole has firm foam on the heel to allow for solid stability when lifting and a softer forefoot which provides responsiveness for running. The additional Hyperlift insert increases the heel height providing better ankle support.

The outsoles wide rubber flat base provides stability and grip needed for lifting and climbing.

The Nike Metcon 5 offers allow you need for a tough workout they’re well suited to cardio workouts as well as crossfit and weightlifting a worthy all-rounder.

Specification: Offset: 4mm (insert, up to 8mm), Width: Normal and Wide, Weight: 375grams,

Best Shoes for Running and Training Buyers Guide:

Pronation – refers to the way your foot distributes body weight as you land on your foot. 

Underpronators (supinators) – Increased pressure on the outer side of the shoe, it may be visible through wear a tear. A neutral shoe with a good amount of cushioning is advised to help reduce the risk of impact injury. 

Pronators – if you notice an S shaped pattern from the outer lateral heel to the big toe, this indicates your a neutral pronator and neutral shoes with the right blend of support and stability are advised.    

Overpronators – excessive wear on the outer heel and around the ball of your foot. Stability shoes are best advice for it with maximum support and cushioning.

Midsole drop – is important if you are doing heavy weight lifting, as it helps to keep the foot as flat as possible while bearing a heavy weight – however, if your goal is running or general workouts its best to find what’s most comfortable for your arch. 

Secure fit – Keep in mind the shoe widths can be important to support your ankle and balance

  • Women: Narrow – 2A, Normal – B, Wide – D, Extra Wide – 2E 
  • Men: Narrow – B, Normal – D, Wide – 2E, Extra Wide – 4E

Summary

Cushioned shoes have become very popular – weather on a long run or in the gym, ankles can get very sore, well cushioned shoes can reduce impact on the foot reducing the possibility of shin splints, ankle strain or more serious injury.

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