Road shoes are the workhorses of our running wardrobe: it’s essential to choose carefully, as you’re going to be in them a lot! These road shoes have been tested by real runners: passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathoners to happy plodders. Our group testers have run in the shoes our their usual runs to see if they go the distance. They give each piece of kit a star rating.
These shoes fit perfectly for long runs, due to the breathable mesh upper which keeps your feet cool, while the ingenious foot shape toe box enables toes to relax and spread out naturally. It has a zero- drop platform that places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground to encourage proper, low-impact form throughout your run, and it cleverly customises to the foot for a bespoke fit.
There’s plenty of plush padding around the heel and in the tongue of these shoes, making them an extremely comfortable ride. They feel true to size, though there’s a good amount of space for the foot to expand, which may not appeal to runners who like a tight, snug fit. The HOVR cushioning feels great to run in, and this is a versatile shoe that will probably see you run happy at any distance.
The love affair with ONs continues. Running with the cloud surfer is truly like running on air. This shoe is super responsive, enabling a quicker foot strike. It’s a good-looking shoe, comfortable from the moment you wear it. It’s light and provides outstanding grip and traction. This is the perfect shoe for a speed session, racing or road running both long and short distances.
This shoe is recommended for a fast, neutral runner. They are light, comfortable and feel very springy. Ideal for speed sessions but also for those longer runs. The flight foam cushions the impact of running without losing the connection with the ground. It has a smooth heel to toe transition and is extremely comfortable during long runs. The gel cushioning provides lightweight support and protection against any rubbing.
The Salomon Predict running shoe has created a whole new structure. It features new bespoke cushioning that supports you where and when you need it, building a platform that moves with the human foot. Your foot will feel snug all round as it has 360° upper fit, a firm moulded heel and a highly cushioned base giving great support without restriction. Secure, stable but soft, you will experience a smooth run with these.
The Brooks Transcend is a great choice for the longer distance road runs. The fit is aimed with comfort in mind and runs seem effortlessly supportive. The stretch knit upper provides flexibility and freedom, while the sturdy supportive heel propels you with confidence in its rigidity. This stylish shoe will transcend you to the finish line.
This upgrade boasts a new heel wedge and de-coupled sole design with more flexibility so you can feel the extra support on the heel area as you run. The cosy fit toe box adjusts to a stretchier fit after a few runs, but this is a solid every day running shoe. A fun and eye-catching design.
This shoe is good for any speed or distance. It has a lightweight, flexible upper and a comfy but responsive sole. Full midsole contact keeps it flexible and lightweight. It’s quite narrow in the toe and heel, but once laced through the back eyelets it’s secure. A shoe for all occasions.
Featuring a stable sole with a guide line to reduce lateral movement and high heel-toe drop (10mm). The grip is good, with durable rubber under the heel, and it has a generous toe box. To keep the weight low the upper is minimal. This could be a perfect choice in racing shoe for heel strikers.
This shoe is a great choice for the road, its responsive and alert with every stride. The fit is snug as the frame design adds support all around the foot on the strike. The toe box has plenty of room for the wider foot and the higher laces and upper add to the confidence you have when running in these shoes. The Everun sole puts emphasis on support and comfort over flexibility of the shoe.
The Clifton 5 are light, superbly cushioned and very fast. They have technology unique to Hoka that provides midsole geometry, which feels great underfoot – even in the later miles of a long run. They have a mesh upper construction, which aids breathability and comfort to keep your feet nice and cool. The full ground contact design provides great traction on all surfaces, even muddy ones! It’s a stylish trainer.
The PrimeKnit upper feels so supportive in these shoes, so you’re getting a very snug and highly breathable all-over fit. The Boost midsole is probably the bounciest you will run in and just makes you feel that you have so much more energy in every stride. With Continental Rubber on the outsole the traction is superior. It’s a very flexible shoe but there’s enough support and structure that you feel confident to really fly.
Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 111 March 2019.