The Best Running Trainers For 2024
The Best Running Trainers For 2024

The Best Running Trainers For 2024


Cars work best when they’re in the right gear – and so do runners. Whether you’re hitting the streets, pounding the treadmill or going cross country this year, we’ve done the first part of the legwork for you and found the best trainers to help you hit your goals.

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next, £103 | Nike

Another iteration of Nike’s popular Alphafly range, the NEXT% blurs the lines between a trainer and a racer. Compared to other carbon racing shoes, it's more cushioned and stable, making it good for anything from a 5k to a marathon. They look good, too. 

Who Wears Them: Peter John, who definitely likes to look good while he’s running


Fresh Foam X Hierro v7 Shoes, £140 | New Balance

When it comes to uneven ground, you'll want a shoe that is reactive to the terrain yet protective of the foot. New Balance’s trainers are a real ‘door-to-trail’ kind of shoe. This pair has a generous amount of foam on the midsole, so won’t feel the impact from any rocks or debris underfoot. This is the pair to pick for a smooth journey.


Cloud Boom Echo 3, £265 | On

This premium option is now in its third iteration and remains a favourite of the running set. Built for high performance, with high-impact protection and energy return, they are designed for pushing limits. 

Who Wears Them: William Goodge, the friend of SLMan who ran across America


GT-2000 12 Trainers, £140 | Asics

Trainers built for stability have been getting bigger and bigger recently, but Asics has taken a more streamlined approach with its GT-2000. This isn’t the shoe if you want heavy structure – it’s got a mesh upper and a lack of carbon plating – but if you’re on the flat-footed side of perfect tekkers, they will provide a welcome bit of support. 


Clifton LS Satisfy Running, £185 | Hoka

If you prefer the route less taken, this robust pair is ideal for trail running. HOKA’s are built different and can really tackle anything you can throw at them – thanks to waterproof panelling, toggle fasteners and a chunky mid-sole. 

Who Wears Them: Running shoe connoisseur Ben Felton


TechLoom Tracer, £275 | APL

The sleek Tracer is more trainer than racer. The sole is more durable than others on this list, with rubber traction pads placed in high-wear areas for extra longevity. The cushioned midsoles offer great shock absorption and comfort, making them ideal for long stints on the treadmill.


Alphafly 2 ‘Eliud Kipchoge’, £232 (were £290) | Nike

These ones look like they’ve come from the future. The distinctive, uber-thick sole is super lightweight, with enough bounce to help propel your strides. The 2s are slightly heavier than their predecessor overall, but offer more stability for longer runs.

Who Wears Them: Elliot Clements-Hill during last year’s London Marathon


Endorphin Elite, £280 | Saucony

The headline feature here is the remarkable 95% energy return from each stride. There’s also a high-performance carbon plate for swift transitions. 

Who Wears Them: Ultra marathoner Jonny Davies


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