These gorgeous new running shoes are about to give your workout a much-needed boost. By Estelle Low
You would know this by now: Shoes can make or break your run. That’s why it pays to invest in good quality running shoes that support your running habits.
Thanks to ongoing research and tech advancement, running shoes keep getting better. This latest bunch of shoes don’t just look sleek – they also promise lightweight cushioning, responsive midsoles and a good fit.
Need more reason to shop? Experts recommend you switch running shoes for every 500km to 800km covered. So if you run 5km to 8km twice a week, you’d have to change your running shoes every 12 months. And if you’re running on consecutive days, you should own another pair since the midsole foam typically needs a day to recover.
Puma Ignite Ultimate ($199)
Run-faster technology: The Puma Ignite Ultimate has chevron-shaped ridges in the midsole that provide great rebound. The outsoles are designed with grooves to guide heel-to-toe transition, making each stride more efficient.
Get the Puma Ignite Ultimate running shoes if: You have trouble increasing and maintaining your running speed.
Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo 2 ($189)
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Run-faster technology: Additional construction around the midsoles helps to secure your feet and minimise movement in the Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo 2 shoes when you run. Soles are thin but well-cushioned so you get a good ground feel without pressure pain.
Get the Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo 2 running shoes if: You enjoy the sensation of barefoot running.
Asics FuzeX ($179)
Run-faster technology: Cushioning gets an upgrade in the Asics FuzeX running shoes. The midsoles incorporate more gel material than regular midsoles, resulting in more shock-absorption and propulsion, while staying lightweight.
Get the Asics FuzeX running shoes if: Your knees frequently hurt from running (which means you’re probably not getting enough cushioning from your running shoes).
Adidas PureBoost X ($169)
Run-faster technology: The arches of the Adidas PureBoost X running shoes are raised, and the uppers are fitted with stretchy mesh to allow a sock-like fit. Add to that springy Adidas Boost midsoles – made by fusing individual foam capsules – and you get a comfy, energetic run.
Get the Adidas PureBoost X running shoes if: Your current shoes feel clunky.
MBT Fast ($149)
Run-faster technology: The soles of the MBT Fast shoes are curved so you get a rocking sensation that helps to propel you forward. With thick, cushy midsoles, your landings will feel soft.
Get the MBT Fast running shoes if: You’re a heel striker.