Running is one of the easiest fitness fundamentals to engage your body in. The physical benefits are plenty – running improves your stamina and endurance, boosts your cardiovascular health, and is a sure-fire way to tone and strengthen your muscles.
Anyone can lace up a pair of sports shoes and head for a jog, though treating your feet to the vortex of tech advancements to running shoes promises both comfort and an increase in performance.
Don’t sweat that half-marathon. We sift out the best of the month’s new generation running shoes to get your soles singing.
Fits Like A Dream
Technologically augmented fabric for optimum comfort has always been one of Under Armour’s signature benefits. The Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo Vent running shoes are equipped with the brand’s innovative SpeedForm technology, designed to for an anatomical fit that provides a next-to-skin support while remaining secure. It’s even suitable for runners with flat feet, the 4D Foam footbed adheres to your foot’s shape, eliminating slippage and discomfort.
Honouring the brand’s tagline, “The Science of Soft”, New Balance’s Fresh Foam Zante shoes combines a seamless breathable upper, lightweight rubber outsole and a toe spring to create a running shoe that moves swiftly with sturdy cushioning. Its tread pattern provides a smooth transition from running on to off road, making the Zante ideal for long runs.
If a shoe is approved by an Olympic sprinting legend, you know it’s got cred. Puma Ignite, Usain Bolt’s running shoe of choice, is made to aggrandise the trifecta of flexibility, rebound and cushioning; making this Puma’s most responsive running shoe so far. Its Chevron flex grooves increases energy returns, providing a running experience that makes your feet feel like they’re on springs.
Radical changes to the standard design model of Asics’ running shoes sees their new Gel Nimbus 17 racking up major points on the comfort scale. Building up on the softness of the material without negating the midsole as most running shoes are wont to do, the Gel Nimbus 17 Gel Cushioning Systems make these the perfect shoe for long, leisurely runs due to lasting comfort.
Keep It Fly
Two of Nike’s groundbreaking shoe technologies – the Airmax and the Flyknit are fused to form the Nike Flyknit Airmax, an ulta-cushioned shoe that offers brings resilience to the ride. As a neutral running shoe, it excels in assisting the runner in the transition of barefoot running by being well-padded in all the right places. Its heavily meshed overlay on the Flyknit upper also makes the Flyknit Airmax one of the most breathable shoes on the market.