Sure, running shoes aren’t hard to come by, but a pair that don’t look like the ones your mother made you wear for PE at school are difficult to find. So we’ve scoured the internet for designs that look the best, perform the best and will give you an all-round better running experience. Whether you’re a beginner or marathoner, there’s something stylish to suit every type of runner.
When should I buy new running shoes?
Not sure if you need new kicks yet? Well, as a general rule of thumb running experts advise you to replace your running trainers every 300 to 400 miles. Look out for visible cracks and creases in the sole of your trainers and assess how cushioned they feel. If they’ve lost their soft bounce and they’re looking a bit worse for wear, then yes, it’s probably time to replace them.
What do I need to consider when buying new running trainers?
When buying new kicks it’s important to consider what kind of runner you are. Are you a frequent marathon runner or are you training for a new 5k personal best? Long-distance runners require much more cushioning and bounce, whereas for shorter runs you want to opt for something lighter and more minimal. It’s also vital to consider the terrain you run on. If you’re a road runner you will require more cushioning to provide you with as much shock absorption as possible to minimise the risk of injury. If you’re a trail runner you’re looking for a tougher sole with a heightened grip. Do a bit of both? You’ll be in need of a hybrid of grip and cushioning.
With kicks from the likes of Nike, Adidas, New Balance and more, there is something for everyone in our pick below of the best running shoes for men. Want even more awesome footwear? Take a look at our best trainers in the world this week.
Veja's The Condor
The brand’s first eco trainer is made from 53% bio-based and recycled materials, which means they’ve decreased the plastic and made your new running trainers much more sustainable. Not only are they better for the environment, but they’re super comfortable. Their light and flexible design provides extra comfort and support while running, so you get the best of both worlds. €130. Veja-store.com
Nike Joyride Run Flyknit
Want to take the pressure off your legs while you train? Showcasing the latest in Nike's running shoe innovations, the soles of the Joyride Run Flyknit are filled with tiny beads that cushion the impact of your foot on the ground evenly across the whole sole. This means that the muscles in your legs take less of a hit, making your run smoother, less painful and, most importantly, more enjoyable. £159.95. nike.com
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New Balance Fresh Foam 1350
A must-have for any runner that likes to work out in the great outdoors, New Balance's Fresh Foam 1350s are completely puddle-proof, meaning you no longer have to worry about soggy socks when you head out for a run in the winter. Paired with a cushioned sole that will soften the blow of most terrains, these are the trainers to pack for that countryside retreat you've been planning... £120. newbalance.co.uk
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If you're new to running and not too sure where to start when it comes to the footwear, you could do worse than to pick yourself up a pair of Adidas Ultraboosts. A soft, comfortable trainer that is designed to suit most running styles, these are the perfect option if you're still figuring out exactly how you like to train. These shoes run a little bit smaller than usual, so if you're going to add them to your basket, make sure you go up at least half a size. £139.95. adidas.co.uk
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MetaRide by Asics
Using a new precision-shaped curved sole, the MetaRide reduces energy loss at the ankle and improves running efficiency for mile after mile. £225. asics.com
Ultraboost 19 by Adidas
The newly reconstructed Ultraboost improves comfort and fit, but reduces sponginess. It also offers a 20 per cent improvement in boost from the midsole. £160. adidas.co.uk
HOVR Phantom SE by Under Armour
This special-edition Phantom delivers comfort, aerodynamics and energy return, while also offering digital connectivity and a “zero-gravity feel”. £130. underarmour.co.uk
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo
Just as featherlight as they look (238g to be precise), the Zoom Pegasus Turbo trainers were created with speed in mind. Nike worked with elite marathon runners in Kenya to develop the ZoomX foam that cushions the foot and Flywire cables provide an adjustable support to your arch and midfoot. £159.95. nike.com
Adidas Ultraboost 19
Using its most responsive cushioning ever, Adidas’ boost delivers great energy return plus its motion-weave technology provides stretch while also holding your foot in place as you run. Plus the continental rubber outsole makes for great traction in both wet and dry running conditions. Available in an array of colours, the ice mint and grey would be GQ’s shade of choice. £159.95. adidas.co.uk
Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro
Thanks to Reebok’s floatride foam technology, these kicks are ultra lightweight and ensure a comfortable run. Perfect for 5k and 10k runs, the single layered mesh upper is breathable while an EVA sockliner and ultra-thin, high-traction outer sole provides optimal grip. We’re also particularly into the lime colourway. £219.95. reebok.co.uk
Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit
Frequent marathon runner? These would make a great choice for you. Built to meet the needs of world-class marathoners, the Flyknit upper delivers breathable support while the responsive foam provides incredibly energy return and the full-length carbon-fire plate feels like it’s propelling you forwards. Plus, since its debut in 2019 it’s seen its fair share of marathon medals – both Shalane Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor won in this shoe. London Marathon 2020, here you come. £209.95. nike.com