Thinking of taking on running as your new fitness activity? Or perhaps you’re a long-time runner who’s looking for a shoe upgrade? Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, good footwear is a must-have — not just to increase speed and performance but also to safeguard you from potential injuries and joint pains.
What to look for in your running shoes
A good running shoe should be breathable and lightweight. It must also have ample cushioning and provide stability. It also doesn’t hurt if it’s stylish and versatile. Good for us, there are plenty of pairs that check these boxes. Here are the best running shoes that you can buy in Singapore.
If you’re new to running and want to take it easy first, the Skechers GoRUN Fast Performance is a good pair to start with. This relaxed pair has all the features you’d want in a starter shoe. It has a hassle-free slip-on look with a stretchy breathable mesh upper and comfortable cushioned midsole. The rubber outsole also provides good traction. What’s more, its maintenance is easy because it’s machine washable.
It's priced at SGD169.
Prefer to immerse yourself in untouched nature and do trail running? Asics Fuji Lite 2 will give your feet protection from the elements so you can have a good experience running in the great outdoors. Inspired by the resilient Hinoki Cypress tree, this pair has an adaptable design with lightweight shock absorption to keep you moving forward through the trails. The shoe’s outsole is also made with upgraded traction to keep you stable amidst muddy surfaces. You’ll also be glad to know that the FLYTEFOAM™ midsole is created with recycled materials.
It's priced at SGD179.
The Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 is specially designed and tested to help reduce running injuries and provide maximum comfort. It has an upgraded upper that features Flywire technology, a material made from lightweight yet durable threads that provide targeted support. This shoe also has the Nike React cushioning, which is a resilient and responsive foam that offers flexibility and a soft landing feel. A perfect pick for easy, everyday runs.
It's priced at SGD239.
The adidas Pureboost 21 is a versatile shoe that you can wear beyond your running sessions. It’s perfect for those who are pressed for time in the morning and need a shoe that can seamlessly transition from fitness to casual. Like other running shoes from adidas, it also has responsive Boost cushioning and a soft, breathable knit upper.
It's priced at SGD170.
The Mizuno Wave Rebellion is incredibly stylish and high-performing and will elevate your ensemble and your running game. This shoe guarantees a smooth ride with its full-length Mizuno Enerzy Lite cushioning, which gives sturdy support wherever you need it. Underfoot, the brand’s G3 sole provides a lightweight but good grip to keep you grounded and stable while you run. The construction also has sustainable features including a recycled PET shoelace and biobased material which has a lesser environmental footprint.
It's priced at SGD188.30.
New Balance Fresh Foam 860v11 is a shoe that’s ideal for runners who like it slow and steady. Built for long hauls, this pair is good for marathon runners because of its sustained comfort. The shoe’s upper features a double-knit material for durability and breathability, while the midsole features a super soft embedded Fresh Foam cushioning. It also has a high heel tab that supports the back of the foot for a snug fit.
It'spriced at SGD209.
The Puma Deviate Nitro will make your fitness journey easy breezy, be it a marathon, sprint, or easy running. This well-balanced, versatile pair has a breathable mesh upper to ensure air circulation. Carbon fibre is also added for energy rebound that will give you an edge. Once you reach your goal, the grip outsole won’t let you slip and will provide a good, stable landing. You can also wear this shoe for lifestyle and training purposes.
It's priced at SGD229.
adidas Ultraboost 22, the latest reincarnation of one of adidas’ most popular running shoes, boasts a more eco-friendly construction and better grip compared to its predecessors. 50% of its upper is made of plastic waste from the ocean, while the other half is constructed from recycled polyester. This pair also comes with additional lugs on the outsole for improved support and a new foam placed around the heel to prevent blisters. The Boost midsole is made even more responsive for fun, bouncy running.
It's priced at SGD289.
New Balance may currently be known for its stylish dad shoes, but this heritage sportswear brand has a history of producing high-performing built-for-speed fitness shoes, including more modern ones like the New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2. This lightweight pair is created with a FuelCell midsole which delivers a “propulsive feel”. A full-length carbon fibre plate also supports the shoe and stores energy to help you spring forward and run faster with less impact.
It's priced at SGD299.
Want a pair that will increase your speed and help you set new records? Consider getting the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% Flyknit. This shoe combines responsive foam with not just one, but two Zoom Air units to give you an optimal energy return which creates a springboard effect that will sustain your momentum. The outsole is also made optimal for fast running; it’s equipped with traction to give you just the right grip.
It's priced at SGD399.
Need a pair that absorbs the shock as you land? The On Cloudmonster is designed with the brand's largest CloudTec®, which promises to ensure that you will always get the softest of landings and ample rebound with every step. It features a rocker shape and soft materials that are light, durable, and temperature-resistant.
It's priced at SGD299 at the brand's pop-up store at B2-06, Wheelock Place.
(Cover photos from: nike.com/adidas.com.sg)
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