When it comes to a good pair of running shoes, a few factors come into play.
Firstly, the weight of the shoes. Lighter shoes are generally seen as better for sprinting or for improving running form, whereas heavier shoes (with more cushion) are ideal for trail running or for those who need more joint protection.
Secondly, what the shoes are designed for. There are shoes specifically designed for running, for HIIT, or for other forms of sports. Getting one for the right purpose helps protect your feet better and enhance your sporting performance too.
Lastly, style, of course, matters.
With these being said, here are 15 best running shoes that you should get, whether you are a sprinter, marathon or leisure runner.
Best running shoes for sprinting
Asics Gel-Kayano 28
The Asics Gel-Kayano 28 features a lower-profile external heel counter, providing better foot support.
The trainer’s new GEL™ technology shape delivers a smooth stride, allowing you to experience a softer landing without losing speed. This is good even for sprinters who are looking to clinch a gold medal!
Retails for S$207.20 on Shopee. Available at 20% off at the time of writing, click on the link to see discounted price.
Nike ZoomX Streakfly
Nike’s newest and lightest racing shoe, the ZoomX Streakfly is great for speed! It can help to drive you forward and gives you more control of of your strides. Not only does it look sleek, it also almost feels as though you are running barefoot.
Retails for S$249 at Nike’s official website.
Skechers GOrun Fast Performance Shoes
Take your running or training workout to the next level with the Skechers GOrun Fast™ shoe.
With its slip-on laced-front style, this is great for those who hate the fuss of laces. It also features a breathable mesh upper and other cooling properties so you won’t feel sweaty and uncomfortable!
Retails for S$59 at Shopee.
New Balance FuelCell Prism v2
The New Balance FuelCell Prism not only provides lightweight support, it is also built with the special FuelCell midsole that delivers energetic underfoot rebound to help drive you forward.
Retails for S$161 on Zalora.
Asics Novablast 2
The NOVABLAST™ 2 is lightweight and has ample mid-sole cushioning.
Thanks to the FF BLAST™ cushioning, the shoe offers a softer landing and a more energetic rebound. There is also a heel stabiliser that improves support while creating a smoother stride.
Retails for S$159.20 on Shopee. Available at 20% off at the time of writing, click on the link to see discounted price.
Best running shoes for long distance
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39
Upgraded from the Pegasus 38, the Pegasus 39 is more lightweight and has better cushioning.
This is especially important for long-distance runners as it can absorb more impact when you run, decreasing risks of injury.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus will take you to greater heights, whether you are training or jogging!
Retails for S$205 at Nike’s official website.
Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind 2
This pair of shoes are lightweight, rubber-less and durable. Not only so, it connects to the Under Armour MAPMYRUN app that tracks and analyses your running metrics. You can log any kind of workout using your phone or your fitness tracker and use the app as a tool to analyse your progress!
Retails for S$216.40 on Zalora.
New Balance Fresh Foam X Vongo V5
The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5 is an everyday road running shoe with a high level of soft and reliable cushioning paired with a smooth, stable ride.
It includes new features from New Balance, including a wider mid-foot for better stability, a midsole with gradient posting and a more comfortable mesh upper.
Retails for S$212 on Zalora.
Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 DNA shoes
If you are a seasoned runner, one of the shoes you are probably familiar with is the Ultraboost.
These shoes have a soft knit upper that offers ventilation where you need it most. The mid-sole is also enhanced for more comfort. Apart from that, it has lace closure so you don’t have to worry about your shoelaces coming off halfway!
Retails for S$180 on Adidas Official Website.
Saucony Excursion TR15
Trail-runners, we know how tough it is running through the terrains.
Thankfully, you can bid the problem farewell with the Saucony Excursion TR15. It provides outdoors-essential cushioning, rugged traction, and durable protection, complete with a new streamlined look for wherever the trail takes you.
Retails for S$155.99 at Amazon.
Best running shoes for leisure activities
Nike Free Run 5.0
The beauty of Nike Free Run 5.0 comes from it being made from 20% recycled material, thus making it more sustainable.
Apart from running, this pair of shoes is also great for training, and gorgeous enough to wear it as you go around running your daily errands.
The shoes are also flexible, thanks to the breathable knit upper. The cushioning is also lighter, softer and more responsive than previous versions.
Retails for S$159 at Nike’s Official website.
Adidas Run Falcon 2.0
Strap up in these running shoes and you’re set for a jog in the park followed by coffee with friends.
With a mesh upper for outstanding breathability, they’re meant to deliver comfort all day long. As the day goes by, your feet would not get tired as it has a durable rubber outsole.
Retails for S$75 on Adidas Official Website.
PUMA Velocity Nitro 2 Running Shoes
Regardless of running distance, this Velocity Nitro 2 is perfect for you.
Built for comfort at any speed, the versatile runner also provides enhanced visibility through reflective accents, especially if you prefer running at night.
Retails for S$189 on Shopee.
PUMA INTERFLEX Modern Running Shoes
With its gorgeous appearance, others wouldn’t believe it if you were to tell them this is a pair of running sneakers!
Despite the modern style, it is lightweight and has excellent cushioning. Best part? This is also one of the most affordable pairs you can find in this list.
Retails for S$69 on Shopee.
Saucony Triumph 19
Can you believe that the Saucony Triumph series is almost turning 20?
If you’re looking to snag a pair of this classics, go for the Triumph 19, which is 28% lighter than its predecessor, Triumph 18.
There’s a new mono-mesh upper, which is lighter and more breathable, and it was recommended by testers who praised the roomy toe box, mid-foot fit and supportive heel.
Retails for S$169 on Lazada.