So, you've decided that this is the year you take on a marathon, a half marathon or maybe you're just thinking about getting in shape. Whether you're tackling a road marathon or a trail run, the first thing you need to do is find a decent pair of running shoes.
From Nike and Saucony, to Salomon and Asics, with so many brands and styles to choose from, finding the perfect pair for your running style can be a challenge. It's vital that you work out what's best for you.
How to buy the right running shoes?
Here are three tips from T3's Editor-in-chief and resident ultra runner, Kieran Alger, to help you whittle down your options:
1. Get your gait tested
Drop into a shop like Sweatshop.co.uk or Vivobarefoot stores and you can get a full gait analysis test done that'll help you identify the type of running shoes and support that's best for your style. You'll also get some handy hints on how to improve your technique along the way.
2. Think about your terrain
Where you plan to run is important. Will you be doing most of your miles on or off road?
3. Racing versus training
In a lot of cases you might want to choose a training shoe for longer mileage and a race shoe that's lighter but better used for shorter periods of time, like a four-hour race. Either way, it's important that you've worn your shoes in before you hit race day, or put in the longer runs.
The best running shoes
Now that you know your style, it's time to choose. Every pair of shoes on our list has been worn, tested and put through its paces. Leaf through the list of the latest tech-filled trainers for your perfect running shoes.
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