Run shoe manufacturers can be guilty of self-induced sabotage, creating so many shoes and so many different sectors that the potential consumer’s convinced that high spend equals peak performance and reduced chances of injury. Inevitably, that predictable but incorrect equation leads to a disjointed run gait and a costly physio’s appointment. So two key points: try before you buy and don’t be sold by price.
That said, price isn’t really an issue here with all shoes over the £100 mark. Call us thrifty but we’d argue this is way above inflation for shoes that by their very definition should feature fewer expensive technologies than high-mileage efforts.
What Hoka have achieved ingeniously with the Clayton 2 is melding high-mileage comfort with racing speed for a truly stunning shoe. The Adidas Adizero Adios 3 is a more traditional lightweight and fast shoe, albeit the innovative Boost midsole is always a winner in the energy-rebound and comfort stakes. But it’s Asics who beat both. The Roadhawk FF is simply a superb shoe, offering stability and comfort at optimum pace. Just slip into your tri-suit, race belt, performance eyewear and Roadhawks, and a new PB is (nearly) guaranteed.