Your shoes can make or break your run. We tested some of the latest to hit the market
1 Nike Epic React R2 999
Best For: Long distance (21km and beyond) “This is a brand-new style of shoe that Nike has spent the last three years developing. Featuring Nike’s new long-lasting high-tech foam, it gives you ultra cushioning, while still being lightweight, along with excellent bounce and responsiveness. I have broad feet and I love how comfortably they hold your foot and how light and bouncy they are. Bonus: while they have the tech of great running shoes, they still come with the sleek factor of sneakers – so you can wear them street-style (and I have!). I would train for Comrades in these. And wear them to my local market after.” – Amy Hopkins, ultra-marathon runner
2 adidas Energy Boost, R2 299
Best For: Long distance (21km to 42km) These are wider than most adidas Boost running shoes with a four-way stretch mesh upper for comfort, flexibility and breathability. “I found them very comfortable from the get-go and the cushioning is super responsive.” – Amy Hopkins, ultra-marathon runner
3 Puma Speed 600 Ignite 3, R2 499
Best for: Long distance (21km to 42km) This shoe features an IGNITE foam midsole that provides stable cushioning and superior responsiveness. And the super-customisable NETFIT upper lets you adjust the laces for the most snug fit.
4 Under Armour HOVR Sonic Connected, R2 299
Best for: 10km and up “Under Armour’s new HOVR technology is designed to give you pillowy cushioning underfoot and powerful energy return with every foot strike. I wore it in a 10-kay race and my joints felt less fatigued than usual on my final kay.” – Chelsea Geach, 10-kay runner
5 New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4, R1 999
Best for: Up to 10kms “This is a great-looking shoe. I love the colour – it’s bright, but not over the top – and the design on the heel gives it a cool edge. The shoe is light and flexible and I easily ran seven kilometres with no problems.” – Leigh Champanis-King, short-distance runner
#ICarryMyOwn This movement encourages runners to carry their own water on race days. The FuelBelt Helium Ultra Light Belt for women (R850, Sportsmans Warehouse) carries two water bottles in a lightweight belt that’s designed for max comfort, airflow...