MEET YOUR NEW SOLE MATE
To hit high speeds you need good wheels, which is why we enlisted the MH Lab Coats to test the best running shoes for every distance
Trainers are having a moment. From fashionforward designs that incite ‘sneakerheads’ to queue overnight, through trail shoes and thin-soled barefoot runners, the choice has never been greater. Or, for that matter, more confusing. But if you count yourself among the 10 million runners now regularly hitting UK roads, selecting the correct pair is critical. Not only will a sub-par set of kicks trip up your endurance, they can also cause significant injury. And with most trainers designed to withstand no more than 500 miles of wear, it’s probably time you upgraded your exhausted footlocker, anyway.
In this trial we’ve left fashion to Yeezy and foregone fads in favour of road-ready performance. Tested at our lab in Oregon – Mo Farah’s US training base – we’ve analysed everything from heel cushioning to sole flexibility. These runaway winners are fit for recreational athletes and those seeking a subthree hour marathon alike. What’s more, with studies from Iowa State University showing that each hour-long run correlates to seven more hours on your lifespan, these are an investment in longevity, too. Make faster fitness a shoe-in.