It’s running season once more, as sports brands typically time their run campaigns with Global Running Day, which is celebrated yearly on the first Wednesday of June. (It falls on June 1 this year.) This time of the year also sees a wave in the launch of running shoes in the form of version upgrades and new cushioning/foam technology.
If you’ve been looking around for running shoes, here’s some good news. We got our hands (or rather, feet) on the latest releases from New Balance, Under Armour, Puma and Skechers, heard the marketing spiel, and ran in those shoes for a couple of kilometres to see if they lived up to their promise.
FYI: Running shoes are recommended to be replaced after every 600km of use or earlier when the soles, foam or other parts have worn out. If you’re a regular runner or stepping up your running training or frequency, it’s advisable to have more than a pair of running shoes so you can switch between them and wear the most suitable pair, according to the type of run and terrain.
For instance, you’ll want sleek, lightweight, and responsive shoes for speed runs that require you to pick up speed and slow down with ease. For easy or recovery runs, you might appreciate comfy cushioning and shock-absorbing midsoles that make every stride feel like minimal effort. If you’re hitting a bumpy or unpredictable trail, pick shoes that provide good traction to keep you stable.
Of course, the best way to determine if the shoes are a good fit for you would be to head down to the store to try them on (with your actual running socks). Some stores may allow you to take the shoes outdoors for a test run, so it’s good to ask.
Here, our honest observations and opinions on the shoes of the season, to help guide you with running shoe shopping.