Purchasing a new pair of running shoes is an exciting experience, the excitement of trying on the different looks and feels is a rite of passage for all runners, finding the right pair is often daunting and intimidating. However, finding the right shoe for you will undoubtedly improve your athletic performance as well as prevent unnecessary injury.
There is no such thing as a universal shoe, a blanket solution that works for everyone. Each and every person has a unique bio-mechanical makeup which in turn will determine the best shoe for them. The ever-evolving technology coupled with changes in the human body means this is a process that can be constantly refined and optimised. Various factors that play a role in choosing the perfect shoe includes the type of running you do, your foot shape and fit, your bio mechanical functions and historical wear patterns.
Sportsmans Warehouse has a team of experts in all our stores trained to help you find the perfect fit. While each case is unique we will highlight a number of key models to look out for in stores.
Brooks Ghost 10
The Runner's World "Editor's Choice" Books Ghost 10 is an ideal shoe for a high training load, long runs and everyday use. If you are looking for an adaptable fit with great responsiveness during your run the Brooks Ghost 10 provides this in abundance. The growth of this model is a culmination of a decade of commitment and dedication of Brooks to ensuring they live up to their motto “Run Happy”.
Gel Nimbus 20
The Gel Nimbus is the lightest in its 20-year history, weighing in at 305g (Size US9). A stalwart of the high mileage neutral shoe category is highly-cushioned providing a comfortable running experience. It’s a hard shoe to miss as its popularity nationwide is unsurpassed. The FluidFit 2.0 mesh upper adapts to your foot and running style to provide sufficient support. A comfortable reengineered upper provides comfort from the starting line to the finish regardless of the distance.
New Balance 880 V8
Push harder this running season with the New Balance 880 V8. A running shoe that delivers a dynamic fusion of cushioning and support. The shoe is available in wide and extra wide widths providing a spacious toe box that will truly satisfy those in search for extra forefoot space.
Adidas Adios Adizero Boost 3
The adidas adizero adios Boost 3 is the latest iteration of the shoe worn by Dennis Kimetto to the marathon world record of 2:02.57 in 2014 . The Adidas Adios Adizero Boost 3 is a highly anticipated lightweight racer capable of all distances. This shoe is ideal for those runners chasing their personal best and time barriers.
Mizuno Wave Rider 21
Engineered to run your fastest run the technical sponsors of this year’s Comrades marathon are bringing a shoe to match the occasion. With a mesh upper and synthetic leather, the out of box feel is extremely comfortable. A hard carbon rubber under the heel and softer blown rubber under the forefoot, ensure a balance between cushioning and durability.
adidas Ultra Boost
adidas sees their Ultra Boost as the ultimate running shoe that delivers constant energy returns. It has the softest and most responsive boost available for a comfortable ride start to end. The footwear uses ARAMIS’ 3D shape system that is also used by institutions such as Nasa, boeing and Audi
For those requiring a stability option with a soft underfoot feel the Saucony Guide is a great option. The shoe has great durability and ensures a smooth ride with a full everun midsole the energy return is immense and ensures an efficient run from start to finish.
Asics GT 2000-6
The Asics GT-2000 6 provides great stability and stands out as one of our ultimate best sellers. A highly coveted shoe with a new aesthetic design. The Trusstic System Technology integrates Guidance Line construction for enhanced gait efficiency while providing midfoot structural integrity while the DuoMax system enhances stability and support, with reduced weight and increased platform support.
New Balance 1500 V4
New Balanced pitched this shoe to the market as “Tackle any distance, from 5k to a marathon”. The boa lacing system tightens quickly for a finely tuned fit. A lightweight racer for those seeking agility and speed.
Hoka One One Clifton 4
Pronounced “Ho-kuh Oh-nay Oh-nay” which is Maori for “to fly over the earth” The Hoka One One has risen in popularity around the world, with its maximal midsole and Meta Rocker design. As you'd expect from its award-winning Clifton lineage, the 4 is light, cushy, and very, very fast. At its core is HOKA's famed midsole geometry, which has been given an upgraded foam package to ensure consistent cushioning through the life of the shoe.