You know what it’s like: you want to start running, but bolt it from the shop when you see the array of shoes on offer. So, where do you start? (And what do you recommend?)
It’s always worth going to a specialist running shop to get your gait, foot shape and overall goals assessed. They’ll talk you through what you need, and often point you towards shoes by brands that may not be household names but have great reputations among runners. Here are some popular choices:
For more moderate support, the Brooks Ravenna is light, suits a range of foot shapes, and has an excellent rebound system in the shoe.
Also recommended is the Asics Gel-1170 among the most common shoes on the market, as part of Asics very popular GT series.
There are so-called “minimal” shoes available – most famously the Vibram range, although Saucony has become an innovator here too but tread carefully they can be heavy on the body if you’re not conditioned for it.
– With thanks to Runways