NEW RUN­NERS

FUNC­TIONAL AND STYLISH – TIME TO MAKE LIKE FOR­REST GUMP AND HIT THE ROAD.

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Pop on a pair of these and run like the wind.

‘GEL EX­CEL 33 3’ RUN­NING SHOES, $190, BY ASICS AT THE NEXT PAIR.

The mesh up­per keeps things cool and dry while the ‘Flu­idride’ fea­ture strikes the op­ti­mum mid­point be­tween cush­ion­ing and bounce. Ex­oskele­tal heel pods en­sure min­i­mal move­ment on im­pact.

‘GEL KAYANO 21’ RUN­NING SHOES, $250, BY ASICS AT THE NEXT PAIR.

Long the se­ri­ous ath­lete’s footwear of choice, Asics has re­duced the weight of these train­ers to just 309g each, with­out skimp­ing on the cush­ion­ing struc­ture along the en­tire foot. Witch­craft, we say.

THE APP

While run­ning solo works for some, if you fancy a bit of com­pany, down­load Krunk – an app that links like-minded ac­tive types by match­ing in­ter­ests (from ten­nis to surf­ing) and fit­ness lev­els. Handy, since so­cial in­ter­ac­tion is a pow­er­ful mo­ti­va­tor for drag­ging your­self out of bed when you’d oth­er­wise hit snooze. Free, IOS; krunk.com

‘ZOOM ELITE 8’ RUN­NING SHOES, $200, BY NIKE.

With an ul­tra-thin out­sole, this flashy new model is made with speed in mind, and the wo­ven ‘Fly­mesh 1.5’ fab­ric sup­ports with­out adding bulk. Test out in a store that of­fers ‘gait anal­y­sis’ as they best suit a mid-foot stride – as op­posed to on the heel or toes.

‘ZPUMP FU­SION’ RUN­NING SHOES, $180, BY REE­BOK.

Ree­bok and its ‘pump’ tech­nol­ogy (both big in the ’80s) are back. An air-filled cage moulds the foot for a be­spoke level of com­fort, teamed with a com­pres­sion casing that cra­dles the an­kle down (in case you’re cu­ri­ous).

‘DYNACONF TEXT’ RUN­NING SHOES, $99.95, BY LE COQ SPORTIF.

Though the brand’s Gal­lic flair is more on show in chunkier street sneak­ers, this colour scheme shouts retro. Sta­bil­ity- and dura­bil­ity-wise, these are thor­oughly on the money.

‘IG­NITE’ RUN­NING SHOES, $130, BY PUMA.

The more kilo­me­tres run, the more run­ners you’ll go through. But these of­fer ex­tended life with the ‘Forever­foam’ com­pound, which main­tains the in­tegrity of the heel, while a sep­a­rate cush­ion­ing el­e­ment keeps the re­bound fac­tor high.

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