The Best Running Trainers To Buy Now

The Best Running Trainers To Buy Now


Whatever your running ability, a good pair of trainers can make all the difference. SLMan asked David Plumer of specialist retailer The Running Works to share the best options on the market right now. Here’s what he gave us…


These are shoes designed for runners who overpronate, which means there’s an excessive three-dimensional inward rotation of the foot when running.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20, £94 (were £120)

These have been one of the most popular running shoes for over 20 years. In recent times the brand has shifted its focus beyond the feet to the most injury-prone part of a runner's body: the knees. A Guiderails support system keeps you moving comfortably and safely by restricting excess movement.

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit, £139.95

Nike designed these trainers specifically to reduce the risk of injury. They feature a plush foam stack and improved upper details to provide a softer feel and securer fit, while extra rubber on the sole helps with grip. A solid option for every type of runner, these trainers work hard and look good.


These are shoes designed to maximise cushioning while running. They have no additional biomechanical stability for those who overpronate.

Under Armour HOVR Machina Running Shoes, £120 (WERE £140)

This trainer is relatively new to the market, having launched in 2019. It gives you the smooth feel of a propulsion plate and the soft, energy return of HOVR cushioning, but also acts as your personal running coach. Connect your pair to MapMyRun to track your stride length, cadence and pace. A strong choice for runners wanting a highly cushioned shoe without the associated weight.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37, £104.95

Nike’s Pegasus 37s are a sound choice for regular runners. Behind the cool silhouette and snug fit, you’ll find the brand’s all-new forefoot cushioning and ultra-soft foam detailing. Lightweight yet durable, these springy trainers will let you run faster for longer, while mesh details help with ventilation.


These are shoes designed for quicker runs and training for competitions or races. They are often extremely lightweight but lack the cushioning and high-tech support found in neutral and stability running shoes.

Saucony Kinvara 9, £55 (were £114)

These have a lightweight feel to give you the best possible chance of a PB. Designed for those working hard to achieve their goals, the Kinvara has been whittled down to be exactly what you need to move faster and more efficiently.

Adidas UltraBoost Summer.RDY Rubber-Trimmed Primeknit Running Sneakers, £160

These understated trainers are made specifically for runs in warm weather. Crafted from Adidas’s signature Primeknit material, they’re lightweight and breathable, with technology that helps to absorb moisture. They also benefit from a lightly cushioned sole.


These are shoes built for off-road running. They are designed to handle a combination of terrains and weather conditions. They often come with high-tech features to ensure you’re comfortable and supported in the wild.

Salomon Sense Ride 3, £120

This is a multi-terrain shoe that is as comfortable on the road as it is on the trails. For extra grip and protection, it is packed with trail-specific features like anti-debris mesh, a ground filter and the brand’s sticky Contagrip outsole. The shoe also contains Salomon’s patented speed lacing system for extra security.

Nike Odyssey React FLYKNIT 2, £115

With sealed seams to prevent water intake, this pair from Nike will support you through any weather. The lightweight design keeps your run springy, while the foam collar supports your feet and ankles. The outer sole has been designed to shed water for better traction and the addition of extra rubber helps with grip on wet surfaces.


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