These gorgeous, functional kicks are all the motivation you need to stick to your running regime.
Photo: AdidasRunning shoes can make or break your performance. Built with scientific research and proprietary technology, and designed for various forms of the feet, these shoes tout structures, materials and construction that can aid your running workouts and make them more effective.
Then there’s the other camp, those who just want to wear something beautiful to exercise in or as they shop along Orchard Road.
Whichever side you are on, there are plenty of new options for your fancy. Whether you want to support your favourite show (Game of Thrones!), or get a shoe that is scientifically-backed (Under Armour UA HOVR Infinite or ASICS MetaRide), we’ve rounded up these new running shoes worth adding to your collection.
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1. For those who love Game of Thrones and running in style
Winter is coming. Or least that is what you’ll be feeling if you’re an avid fan of the HBO production and can’t get your hands (or feet) on this limited edition collaboration between Adidas and Game of Thrones. Six colourways represent the details of the noble families and warring factions, and you can choose who you want to be on the Iron Throne eventually. Made with a lightweight Primeknit upper, responsive midsole and flexible outsole, these Ultraboosts will guarantee that your running remains smooth and powerful.
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2. For runners who need comfort and stability
Built with proprietary Fresh Foam midsole that provides suspension and comfort with every step and a HypoKnit upper that supports your movements, this New Balance pair is made for regular runners or people who are constantly on the move. Moreover, a bootie construction that features an Achilles heel pocket ensures that the feet is locked securely in place, so that you can carry out your high-impact activities with ease, security and comfort. Available in two colourways — the heather purple one pictured above and a black shoe with violet accents.
3. For people who have issues with fit and construction
Under Armour’s biomechanics research team found that women have shorter heels, more sensitive arches and less volume at the forefoot area — and these findings culminated in a gender-specific shoe to directly address the issues that both genders face with their physical differences. The result: Better fit and stability that is also afforded by the use of the brand’s HOVR foam. You might find your performance improve too, as the foam cushioning and an engineered mid and outsole aids efficient running movements. In addition, the shoe also connects to the brand’s MapMyRun app via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to allow you to track your progress. Available in four designs, we especially love this piece that comes with loud pink accents.
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4. For runners who use science to improve their performance
Developed by a team of scientists and designers at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science (ISS) in Kobe, Japan, the MetaRide shoe is engineered to reduce movement and energy loss at the ankle joint, which they claim is where most energy loss occurs during running. This is done by optimising the gait cycle by creating a new precision-shaped curved sole, called Guidesole, that aids the shift of the body weight forward to propel runners in a seamless motion. Created for long-distance runners, the red bottomed pair will definitely stand out both in terms of design and technology. While there will only be a limited quantity released for this piece, a takedown model is planned for autumn with various price points.
5. For someone who likes it simple and effective
The iconic Adidas Ultraboost is simplified — from 17 parts to four — to ensure that every component delivers support and functionality to boost (pun intended) your performance. Lightweight and breathable Primeknit upper is enhanced with motion weave technology to ensure that stretch is provided while holding the foot in place. A new Torsion Spring technology is also constructed to help retain and return the energy of each step so as to reduce energy loss and increase efficiency. The Boost midsole also touts 20 per cent more suspension. Available in five colourways.
6. For those who need comfort in every step
ASICS is known for their Gel technology, which the brand claims to provide superior comfort and cushioning. And it is this technology that has been emphasised in this model with it being used as a full length midsole. For people who deal with aching soles after a round of exercise, the Gel-Quantum Infinity shoes would perhaps provide you with the support you didn’t have. Available in three colourways, two new combinations, white/black and white/blue coast, will be released in March and April respectively.
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