While running is the most uncomplicated, accessory-less activity you can do, there’s no denying that a good pair of runners makes all the difference. Whether you’re preparing to do your first 5km, or you’re gearing up for your third Comrades, there are some pretty good kicks to consider, and we’ve got a few suggestions that you should have a look at!
Under Armour Hovr Phantom – R2,799 (RRP)
Under Armour has been making some serious strides in SA in the last year or so, bringing a range of gear out for multiple sports, and their running shoes are among the best in the business right now – in terms of technology and comfort. The brand’s signature HOVR foam cushioning is designed to help provide a good energy return and responsiveness, as well as eliminating impact. It has a sock-like upper with a collar that also ensures a snug, comfortable fit. Best of all, the shoes can link up with the MapMyRun app so you can get feedback on all your running stats, too!
Adidas UltraBoost 3.0 – R2,749 (RRP)
While Adidas’ Boost soles are available on most of their sneaker range these days, the real benefit from them comes in their running shoes. The the unique foam construction is designed by German chemicals company BASF, and gives Adidas’ running shoes incredibly soft cushioning, combined with a solid energy return. The Ultra Boost isn’t just good for breaking personal bests though, they’re also a hot commodity to sneaker-heads – so you’ll look sharp to boot.
Nike Free RN Flyknit – R1,599 (RRP)
Nike’s Flyknit material has become a staple in the running scene, providing a lightweight, woven feel that allows your feet to breath and is easy to wash. However, it’s most redeeming feature is the fact that its light construction doesn’t seem to decrease durability, which is the case with Nike’s Free RN Flyknit – one of the most popular running shoes on the market right now. That said, the extremely lightweight sole does mean that these barefoot-like-runners may not have cushioning that will handle longer runs, but short forays to work up a sweat are exactly in its wheelhouse.
Asics Gel FujiRado – R2,149 (RRP)
For those looking for a solution for their trail-running needs, Asics’ FujiRado should be on your radar. The Japanese sports brand collaborated with a company called BOA to provides the innovative lacing system, which features a dial on the side that can tighten or loosen your lace-fit simply by turning it one way or another. The more pronounced grip layout will give you traction across most terrains, and a flexible midsole balances responsiveness with decent cushioning.
Puma Faas 300 v3 Trail – R1,399 (RRP)
This is another good option for trail runners that are more likely in the market for something that can handle rougher surfaces, and comes in at a slightly more affordable price point. The Faas is a decent jack-of-all trades option, with a good price, comfortable midsole, and reasonable weight, making it a decent consideration for someone that doesn’t run often enough to warrant buying running shoes with the utmost durability or cutting edge technology.
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