We know, we know. You’re still just trying to ignore those pounds you piled on over Christmas rather than doing anything about them. And, when it’s as cold as the Arctic outside, the last thing you want to do is get up and go for a run. But, as the simplest and most effective form of exercise, running is one of the best ways to stay in shape year round. That’s not just our advice — it comes straight from personal trainer and fitness blogger James Stirling.
Also known as London Fitness Guy, Stirling knows what he’s talking about. On Instagram, he has created a community of like-minded fitness fanatics, and helps budding exercisers on their way with short, snappy home and gym workout videos. And, Stirling says, it pays to be prepared. So, before you lace up your old tatty trainers for 2020, consider kick-starting the new decade with the best running shoes money can buy. Here are Stirling’s suggestions…
For city runs, Adidas PulseBOOST HD Shoes
Built to take to the streets, these runners from Adidas boast Boost HD midsole technology — created to actively propel you forward on the unforgiving, hard roads of inner-cities. The Adaptive Traxion grip also allows you to change direction on any surface, giving you the opportunity to switch from paths to parks to pavements in no time.
What’s more, the Adapt Knit upper adjusts to your foot throughout the gait cycle, meaning that whether you’re dashing down a kerb, dodging pedestrians or pounding up a flight of riverside steps, these stretchy shoes will support every footstrike. But our favourite feature? Scan the QR code found on the trainer’s tongue, and it’ll unlock an exclusive Adidas-curated playlist to push you to your limits.
Adidas PulseBOOST HD Shoes
For off-road running, Saucony Men’s Peregrine 10
The award-winning Peregrine from Saucony is a trail-running legend; its grippy reputation earned through innovative use of PWRTRAC technology. These kicks were developed to provide exceptional traction and abrasion resistance, and have a 4mm heel-to-toe offset, which gives the runner a more natural, cushioned ride.
The Peregrine’s construction will also adapt to your feet differently depending on the surface you’re running on — which makes them perfect for trail running. They’re blessed with uphill responsiveness, downhill forgiveness and a tread rugged enough to ensure you’re always ready to answer the call of the wild.
Saucony Men’s Peregrine 10
For a full marathon, New Balance 680V5
The fifth iteration of one of New Balance’s most carefully-engineered running shoes, Stirling maintains there is no better trainer for a marathon. That chiefly comes down to the weight of the 680 — they weigh in at a lighter-than-air 314 grams.
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. The only eyebrow-raiser? The name New Balance have given to Stirling’s chosen colour: Castlerock with Pigment & Maldives Blue.
New Balance 680V5
For a half-marathon, Adidas SolarBOOST 19 Shoes
Similarly, Adidas has created a shoe designed specifically for long-distance running. The SolarBOOST, however, is slightly more versatile than the above, so Stirling tells us that it is ideal for half-marathon runners. An upper hugs your foot in compressive support, and the flexible outsole adapts to your unique foot strike — while delivering incredible energy return. The more you give, the more you get.
The most impressive feature of these shoes is that mesh upper. Inspired by NASA technology, the shoes have stitched-in areas of reinforcement for precisely calibrated support — allowing you the freedom and flexibility to clock a personal best.
Adidas SolarBOOST 19 Shoes
For treadmill runs, Saucony Men’s Ride ISO 2
FORMFIT. PWRFOAM. EVERUNTM. ISOFIT. If you can’t understand a running shoe’s description, that probably means it’ll be the best you’ve ever laced up. Saucony’s Ride ISO 2 is crammed with more technical materials and technological enhancements than you can shake a midsole at — and Stirling says that these are the perfect pair for treadmill runs.
It’s a great recommendation. Finding the perfect shoe for gym runs can be incredibly 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. And they don’t look half bad either…
Saucony Men’s Ride ISO 2
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