Becoming a pro runner takes heart, discipline and loads of training. And the best possible shoes of course! Ask any professional athlete and their choice of footwear is something they've spent a great deal of time researching at some point or another. So, whether you're new to the sport or already eat marathons for breakfast, you may be wondering what type of shoe could enhance your speed and/or distance? After all, there's been an influx of options into the marketplace. Here are some pointers to get you started.
Levelling Up Your Speed
Are you an accomplished track racer or even an aspiring road speedster? Great! If you'd like to concentrate on getting shoes that will boost your speed, then you should ideally look for ultra-lightweight options that feature a fairly rigid construction of the midsole. At their core, these are race-day shoes that are usually built on a curved last and are often stripped of most cushioning and stability features to prioritise speed.
Besides less weight, you'll also want to try on a few options to really test for a slim yet comfy fit and, most importantly, for responsiveness. After all, breaking that PB isn't going to just take speed – it'll need a degree of flexibility too. Here are some top recommendations to consider:
- Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo
Delivering a seamless lightweight fit and a smooth, fast design, these running shoes are exceptionally lightweight and deliver outstanding energy return.
- ASICS Dynaflyte
Built to run in, whether for long distance jogs in the park, sprints on the track or running along the concrete, the Asics Dynaflyte are engineered to be lightweight and fast.
- New Balance 1500
These are made for road runners looking to take their performance up another level. The no-sew construction delivers a superior fit, free of chafing and irritation.
Ironing Out Your Distance
Are you looking to increase your endurance and comfortability with running shoes that elite marathoners reach for? Then definitely look to find options that are cushioned. You'll also notice that getting protection and support for those gruelling long hauls doesn't necessarily mean a much heavier shoe.
There are now several options in the market that offer lightweight durability with enhancements to handle heavy-duty mileage. If you find that you have weaker ankles, you may also want to look for a fit that will provide a bit more support up top rather than just cushioning your forefoot-to-midfoot or heel-to-toe transitions. Consider trying on some of these brands before you decide:
- ASICS Kayano
These are constructed to provide stable support for low arches and prevent inward foot rolling. They also help to absorb shock to lessen the impact on your joints.
- Brooks Glycerin
Experience superior cushioning with every step you take in these luxurious, step-in comfort running shoes. They deliver a smoother ride and allow for a flexible, natural stride.
- Mizuno Inspire
Enjoy the smoothest of heel-to-toe transitions while relishing the wonderful cushioned feel of these shoes. They support the natural flexion of the foot, while also being highly durable.
Know Your Pronation Style
Whether you're looking to enhance speed, distance or both, you'll also need to know your pronation style in order to get the right running shoes regardless. Here are some general rules of thumb to guide you:
- Balanced Pronators: Your foot remains true and doesn't roll inward or outward. This means you ideally want to consider shoes marked "neutral".
- Over Pronators: Your foot tends to roll in as you run. This means you ideally want to consider shoes marked "stability" or "support".
- Under Pronators: Your foot tends to roll out as you run, absorbing impact in your joints and knees. This means you should search for running shoes with increased shock absorption.
Built for speed or engineered for durability and support, we know you'll find the footwear that's just right to propel your performance to the next level!