Heart and sole of top run­ning shoe

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANIELA ON­GARO

THERE is a huge se­lec­tion of run­ning shoes on the mar­ket and you can spend hun­dreds of dol­lars on a pair. But is the price al­ways worth it? We asked a keen run­ner to put four train­ing shoes to the test – from a $ 39 pair from Big W, right up to just un­der $ 200 for a style from Brooks. Run­ning is a way of life for Sue Thompson. With hus­band, Olympian and Com­mon­wealth cham­pion An­drew Lloyd, and sports- mad 11- year- old twin sons, the work­ing mum shares a very ac­tive house­hold. She clocks up an av­er­age 80km ev­ery week in train­ing for races and fam­ily moun­tain bik­ing events. “I’ve com­peted in hun­dreds of events over the years, from 5km races to six- day ad­ven­ture events,” says 45year- old Thompson. “I still com­pete oc­ca­sion­ally but these days I’m mostly just try­ing to keep up with my boys Jack­son and Cooper and trail run­ning with my bor­der col­lies.” Here’s what she had to say.

ADI­DAS ENERGY BOOST 2 TECHFIT, $ 180, ADI­DAS. COM. AU

“This is a very well- cush­ioned shoe with good sup­port,” she says. “Most shoes these days are light­weight but this one is a lit­tle more ro­bust than the oth­ers. The tread and sole make them great for off- road run­ning.” Ver­dict: “Good fit all around and will last a long time. Some­one who runs a lot would get good use out of them.”

NEW BAL­ANCE FRESH FOAM ZANTE, $ 150, NEWBALANCE. COM. AU

“I love these shoes and could run in them for­ever,” says Thompson. “The shoes use a new foam tech­nol­ogy which makes them ex­tremely sup­port­ive, flex­i­ble and com­fort­able. The toe box is gen­er­ous so your feet don’t feel cramped. As com­fort­able as slip­pers.” Ver­dict: The win­ners! “In­cred­i­bly com­fort­able to wear but I think the tread could wear out quite quickly.”

BROOKS PUREGRIT 3, $ 199.95, BROOK­SRUN­NING. COM. AU

“This is a cross- coun­try shoe and awe­some on the trails. Quite light and cush­ioned but they are a lit­tle stiff in the mid­sole. This is a ‘ low- drop shoe’ ( a min­i­mal­ist style with less cush­ion­ing).” Ver­dict: “Good but I would rec­om­mend get­ting used to low- drop styles slowly.”

BIG W MITRE TRAIN­ING SHOE, $ 39, BIGW. COM. AU

“The shoe feels sup­port­ive when you first put it on, how­ever once run­ning it feels quite dif­fer­ent. There feels less sup­port and sta­bil­ity than the other shoes.” Ver­dict: “I would use this shoe for walk­ing.” Sports po­di­a­trist Owen Stewart of Shire Po­di­a­try says the more run­ning you do, the more sup­port­ive your shoes should be. “A poorly fit­ted pair of shoes not only re­duces the life span of the shoes, they can cause in­juries to toes, feet, legs, knees and even the lower back,” he says.

HEC­TIC PACE: Mother of two and marathon run­ner Sue Thompson with her bor­der col­lies.

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