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The latest, greatest running trainers for all terrains and distances | Illustration by Holly Wiggins for The Market Herald

The Best Running Shoes in 2022

All runners know how important it is to invest in a good pair of sneakers. Wear a poor quality pair of sneakers and your body won’t be shy in letting you know, usually in the form of sore feet and ankles, or in some cases plantar fasciitis.

Whether you’re a beginner runner or a pro, the shoes you slip into before hitting the pavement (or the dirt trail) make all the difference. And as important as it is to buy a good pair of trainers, it is also equally as important to know when it’s time to replace them. Most experts say performance running shoes last between 500 to 800 kilometres, or up to around six months of regular wear. So, if you can’t quite remember when you bought those tired and well-loved sneakers, chances are it’s time for a new pair. But where do you start and what do you look for?

First and foremost, be sure to get the right size. That means a thumb’s width at the end of your sneaker because the last thing you want is for your toes to be jammed up against the end of your shoe. As well as getting the right size, it’s important to buy the right style of trainer for you: do you need extra support for your low arches? Or perhaps extra cushioning for running on the pavement?

Once you know what type of support and style you need, it’s worth putting some faith in the experts. From spring-loaded sneakers to highly cushioned runners, these running shoes have earned the praise of marathon runners and are sure to add a spring to your step.

Saucony Ride 15

Constructed using more foam but less weight, Saucony’s daily trainer promises to give your “your most comfortable run yet”. Conforming to your unique foot shape and stride, Ride 15’s FORMFIT technology “addresses every point of contact with your foot”. This highly cushioned but lightweight sneaker is perfect for everyday training.

Mens Saucony Ride 15
Men’s Saucony Ride 15, A$210 | Source: Runners World

Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% Flyknit

Designed for a fast and spring-loaded run, Nike’s Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% Flyknit sneakers feature “soft yet snappy” cushioning. Comprised of ZoomX foam, Nike’s lightest and highest energy-returning foam, as well as a visible Zoom Air unit, this running shoe provides a bouncy ride. Great for everyday training, reviewers say this durable speed trainer adds a serious spring to their step.

Nike Air Zoom Flyknit
Men’s Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% Flyknit, A$270 | Source: Nike

Asics Gel Kayano 28

If you’re looking for stability and support, the Asics Gel Kayano 28 could be the running shoe for you. With improved rearfoot support, the Kayano 28 cushions each stride for a more comfortable run. According to RunRepeat, these top-rated running shoes are great for road running and make the perfect companion for a daily runner.

Women’s Asics Gel Kayano 28, A$270 | Source: Asics

Brooks Ghost 14

Designed for the smoothest of rides, Brooks’ Ghost 14 shoe features DNA LOFT through the entire midsole to offer ample cushioning and support beneath and around the foot. While the Ghost 14 is aimed at road running, reviewers say that this ultra-comfortable sneaker offers enough stability to make them worth wearing on trails too.

Brooks Ghost 14
Men’s Brooks Ghost 14, A$239.95 | Source: Brooks

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

With its breathable mesh, additional React foam underfoot and Zoom Air unit for extra bounce, the 38th edition of the workhorse Pegasus provides a comfortable and reliable run. Known for its stable midsole and bounce, this much-loved runner can be worn on pavement runs, on dirt roads and in the gym.

Nike AIr Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38, A$180 | Source: Rebel Sport

Adidas Alphabounce+

Perfect for both running and gym wear, the Alphabounce+ is one of the best budget running shoes on the market. Designed for high-intensity workouts, this versatile running shoe boasts durability and support with its Bounce+ energised cushioning midsole and sock-like construction.

Adidas Alphabounce+ Shoes
Adidas Alphabounce+ Shoes, A$128 | Source: Adidas

New Balance Fresh Foam 880 V12

Featuring supportive cushioning, a dual-layer midsole and a breathable mesh upper, the Fresh Foam 880 V12 provides bounce and comfort. As well as being a great all-around daily trainer, these New Balances are great for those with a wider foot and beginner runners with its wider forefoot and smooth ride.

New Balance Fresh Foam 880 V12
New Balance Fresh Foam 880 V12, A$219.99 | Source: The Athlete’s Foot

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