Selecting the right running shoe can be difficult, with so much choice it can be easy to make the decision purely on the aesthetic rather than the quality of the shoe. To try and help, I have put together a list of the trainers I often recommend to patients who are looking for extra structure and support to help reduce the risk of injury,
A few things to bear in mind; everyone’s feet and biomechanics are different and what works for one person will not work for all and as such being guided by comfort is ultimately the best way to choose a shoe.
There is increasing evidence that rotating a few different pairs of running shoes also seems to reduce your risk of injury. Lastly, no matter how good the shoes they will wear out after 400-600miles. Even if the shoes do not look worn on the outside, the foam will have deteriorated and they will be offering less support. Often shoes that have done too many miles will start to feel less ‘bouncy’ and this is another sign it is ready to get a new pair
The Asics Gel Kayano 26 are great for mild-moderate over-pronators and runners who generally need more structure and cushioning. The are extremely comfy and have a reasonably durable outer which is still grippy. They are great for easy long runs but are not great for those looking to do faster sessions or races.
A great alternative to the Asics Gel Kayano 26, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 offer excellent structure but with a little less cushioning. I often find veteran runners (40+) in particular seem to like these shoes
Salomon Sense Ride 3 are excellent for trail runners. Salomon’s shoes are the grippiest and most protective out there. Trail shoes normally offer a less cushioned and structured ride than road trainers and are often stiffer to allow better feeling of the ground therefore I would recommend you not use them on the road as they are usually uncomfortable and wear out quickly.
The Sense Ride 3 offers more cushioning and structure than most the range whilst also maintaining the grippy outer.
Sacrificing some of the structure and support of the Asics and Brooks in favour of a more responsive ride and lighter shoe the Mizuno Wave Rider 23 is great for runners who want to do some faster runs and speed work. They can fit narrow and do not work as well for overpronators though