The Best Running Shoes in 2020 For Every Type of Run

by Estelle Low
FITNESS  |  March 10, 2020
  • We sussed out the most promising pairs in 2020
    1 / 16 We sussed out the most promising pairs in 2020

    The best – and probably the biggest – investment you can make in running would be your shoes. A good pair will make you feel light on your feet, propel you forward, and reduce the impact on joints.

    Generally, experts recommend replacing your shoes for every 500km clocked in them, or as soon as the soles show signs of wear and tear – that would depend on your running style, body weight and the surfaces you run on.

    It’s also advisable to alternate between two or more pairs, especially when you’re training regularly and doing different types of runs. Here are our top picks based on category.

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    Product photos are from the respective brands.

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  • For easy or recovery runs: Nike Joyride Run Flyknit ($249)
    2 / 16 For easy or recovery runs: Nike Joyride Run Flyknit ($249)

    Instead of the usual foam, the midsoles contain thousands of tiny, squishy beads – providing personalised impact absorption and an exceptionally soft ride.

    Available online and in Nike stores.

    (Also read: Choose The Right Running Shoes For Your Leg Type and Foot Arch)

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  • For easy or recovery runs: Skechers Max Cushioning Premier ($139)
    3 / 16 For easy or recovery runs: Skechers Max Cushioning Premier ($139)

    Made to support tired legs, these shoes have ample cushioning while being ultra-lightweight. There are flex grooves in the forefoot to facilitate heel-toe transitioning, plus grippy outsoles to keep you steady on low-friction surfaces.

    Available in Skechers stores.

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  • For easy or recovery runs: Hoka One One Bondi 6 ($249)
    4 / 16 For easy or recovery runs: Hoka One One Bondi 6 ($249)

    The most cushioned pair in the brand’s road shoe lineup, the Bondi 6 also comes with their signature rocker bottom to guide your feet forward efficiently and let you cruise

    Available in Running Lab and Liv Activ stores.

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  • For easy or recovery runs: Puma Speed 600 2 Women’s Running Shoes ($209)
    5 / 16 For easy or recovery runs: Puma Speed 600 2 Women’s Running Shoes ($209)

    The lightest model of shoes by Puma so far, this version combines the brand’s proprietary foams for high rebound and shock absorbency.

    Available online and in Puma stores.

    (Also read: How to Prevent Shin Splints From Running)

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  • For easy or recovery runs: On Cloudstratus ($269)
    6 / 16 For easy or recovery runs: On Cloudstratus ($269)

    The dual cushioning system will ensure safe and happy strikes – hollow pods on the outsoles help to soften landings and provide propulsion, while the layer above reinforces everything.

    Available in Running Lab and Liv Activ stores.

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  • For races and tempo runs: Asics Novablast ($199)
    7 / 16 For races and tempo runs: Asics Novablast ($199)

    Inspired by the trampoline, this pair has plush and reactive cushioning for a bouncy, energetic and protective ride. It also boasts soft and breathable mesh uppers that wrap around the feet supportively.

    Available online and in Asics stores.

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  • For races and tempo runs: New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo ($169)
    8 / 16 For races and tempo runs: New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo ($169)

    The outsoles have blown rubber in the forefoot region to give springy toe-offs, while the external heel counters lock your feet in place – just what you need for a speedy, confident run.

    Available in New Balance stores.

    (Also read: 7 Running Tips to Help You Go Farther Than Before)

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  • For races and tempo runs: Under Armour Hovr Velociti 2 ($149.25)
    9 / 16 For races and tempo runs: Under Armour Hovr Velociti 2 ($149.25)

    With incredibly soft cushioning that promises great energy return, these sleek shoes will grant you lighter and swifter steps. They come with an embedded bluetooth-enabled chip that lets you track your run via MapMyRun.

    Available online and in Under Armour stores.

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  • For races and tempo runs: On Cloudflow ($219)
    10 / 16 For races and tempo runs: On Cloudflow ($219)

    Said to give the feeling of floating, these shoes feature a super responsive foam in the outsoles, springy midsoles, great midfoot support, plus firm heel cups to let you go fast, light and steady.

    Available in Running Lab and Liv Activ stores.

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  • For races and tempo runs: Salomon Sonic 3 Balance ($239)
    11 / 16 For races and tempo runs: Salomon Sonic 3 Balance ($239)

    Designed with two types of foam – one to soak up pressure and the other to propel – this model is for those who prefer firm yet responsive cushioning that’s not bouncy. It has stretchy, spacious uppers to accommodate wide feet.

    Available at Running Lab stores.

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  • For long runs: Asics GlideRide ($239)
    12 / 16 For long runs: Asics GlideRide ($239)

    These trainers have ergonomic soles that are designed to reduce energy loss by minimising lower leg movement, especially at the ankle joints, so you can truly coast and enjoy the run.

    Available online and in Asics stores.

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  • For long runs: Adidas Ultraboost 20 Women Running Shoes ($260)
    13 / 16 For long runs: Adidas Ultraboost 20 Women Running Shoes ($260)

    Featuring stretchy, flexible uppers and extremely responsive cushioning, this pair adds bounce to every step, making long runs feel like a breeze.

    Available online and in Adidas stores.

    (Also read: The Best Ankle Stretches For Runners)

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  • For long runs: Hoka One One Clifton 6 ($219)
    14 / 16 For long runs: Hoka One One Clifton 6 ($219)

    Popular amongst endurance athletes, the Clifton 6 is lighter than its predecessor, and offers softer foam in the midsoles for a smooth and cushy ride.

    Available in Running Lab and Liv Activ stores.

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  • For long runs: Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit Women's Running Shoe ($239)
    15 / 16 For long runs: Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit Women's Running Shoe ($239)

    Built with wider-than-usual midsoles and a rocker-like bottom, these trainers guarantee all-round stability while encouraging fluid transitions from heel strikes to toe-offs.

    Available online and in Nike stores.

    (Also read: 10 Fitness Trends in 2020 That Will Change Your Game)

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  • For long runs: Under Armour Hovr Sonic 3 International Women's Day Running Shoes ($179)
    16 / 16 For long runs: Under Armour Hovr Sonic 3 International Women's Day Running Shoes ($179)

    The design incorporates the mimosa flower, which represents sensitivity and strength, and is the official symbol of International Women’s Day (March 8). This pair features the brand’s top-line foam cushioning Hovr, that’s supposed to give a gravity-defying feel and excellent energy return. It has flex grooves and blown rubber in the outsoles for springy take-offs.

    Available online and in Under Armour stores.

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