TREAD LIGHTLY

Your shoes can make or break your run. We tested some of the lat­est to hit the mar­ket

Women's Health (South Africa) - - WH RUN! SPECIAL -

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

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#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...

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