We know, we know. When you’re still trying to ignore those pounds you piled on over Christmas, and when the weather outside is anything but inviting, going for a run is probably the last thing you want to do.
But, as one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise, running is a pursuit that you should aim to keep up all year round. And that’s not just our advice — it comes straight from personal trainer and fitness blogger James Stirling.
Using his @london_fitness_guy account, Stirling has created a community of like-minded people across social media, providing home and gym workouts and motivating people on their fitness journeys.
A key part of that is investing in the right kit. So, to kick start your 2019 love affair with running, here are the five finest pairs of running shoes you can buy, as recommended by London Fitness Guy himself.
For city runs, Adidas Pure Boost Shoes
Built to take to the streets, these runners from Adidas boast boost™ midsole technology that actively propels you forward on the unforgiving, hard pavements on inner-cities.
What’s more, the knit upper adapts to your foot throughout the gait cycle, meaning that whether you’re dashing down a kerb, dodging pedestrians or jogging up some steps, these stretchy shoes will support every footstrike.
Adidas Pure Boost Shoes
For off-road running, Saucony Men’s Peregrine ISO
The award-winning Peregrine from Saucony is a trail running legend. And that, mostly, comes down to the incorporation of ISOFIT technology into its construction — that adapts to your foot as you navigate any surface.
And that isn’t the only acronym that makes these Stirling’s pick of off-road shoes. PWRFOAM midsoles, PWRTRAC outsoles and EVERUN topsoles all come together to give you the perfect blend of cushioning, durability, and traction to ensure you’re ready to answer the call of the wild.
Men’s Peregrine ISO
For a full marathon, New Balance 680 V5
The fifth iteration of one of New Balance’s most carefully-engineered running shoe, Stirling maintains that there is no better trainer for a marathon. And that chiefly comes down to the weight of the 680.
And, considering there’s virtually no bulk on these shoes, they’re staggeringly comfortable. Midsole cushioning combines with ABZORB crash pad technology to provide support and ensure that — from the start line to mile 26 — every step is a breeze.
New Balance 680 V5
For a half-marathon, Adidas Solarboost Shoes
Similarly, Adidas have created a shoe designed specifically for long-distance running. The Solarboost, however, is slightly more versatile than the above, so Stirling suggests it is perfect for the half-marathon enthusiast.
An upper hugs your foot in compressive support, and the flexible outsole adapts to your unique foot strike. In fact, with their neutrality when it comes to surface and runner type, and lightweight yet supportive nature, these are the most versatile shoes on this list.
Adidas Solarboost Shoes
For treadmill runs, Saucony Men’s Ride ISO
The leading running shoe brand say that these shoes were inspired by runs when everything clicks. When the air is crisp, your mind is clear and each step feels effortless. Stirling agrees, and cites them as the perfect treadmill shoe.
It’s a great recommendation. Finding the perfect shoe for gym runs can be incredible tricky. But, with the considered balance of cushioning, engineered mesh upper and topsole constructed for enhanced energy return, these are your new favourite gym companions.
Saucony Men’s Ride ISO
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