So, you’ve plucked up the courage to finally squeeze yourself into some lycra, dig out the old water bottle and head out for a run in your local area. Running can be tough, especially when you are just starting out, so it is important that you kit yourself out in the right gear to make things easier, more enjoyable, and most importantly, avoid injury.
Runners have different requirements from their footwear when running on roads compared to running on, say a treadmill, or a track. And with running trainers ranging from £20 to £200+ there is plenty of choice out there, but what should you be looking for?
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best running trainers on the market right now for beginners:
New Balance 880V10
New Balance started as a running specialist back in the day before adapting to become a lifestyle trainer too, but here running tech can not be underestimated as they still produce some top quality running trainers, especially for beginners.
The 880 line has the new Fresh Foam midsole which replaces the V9’s dual-density midsole tech for unparalleled comfort, stability and durability when running on roads. The four width options are also beneficial for new runners ensuring they find the exact right fit – nobody wants to ruin their first run with blisters.
Asics Gel Patriot 11
Asics inclusion of a wide upper and focus on comfort has produced a shoe that is great at cooling by providing plenty of airflow so you can avoid your feet overheating, especially if you run in hot weather. The wider cut is also a wise choice for those with wider feet who usually struggle to find comfortable shoes.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus
The Pegasus is one of the most trusted running trainers on the market and is great for any situation. The sole is well cushioned yet retains some rigidity so the wearer feels supported. This is achieved through the full-length Air Zoom air bag enclosed in an EVA foam casing.
This shoe sells in plenty of different widths, similarly to the New Balance 880V10, so wearers can find the perfect personalised fit.