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