5 of the Best New Running Sneakers You Can Cop Right Now
It’s been a wild year, but one of the positives has been the emergence of the new wave of recreational runners. Clocking up the kilometres, and losing a few pandemic pounds, is always a good thing, but an old and dirty pair of running shoes is a definite no-no – especially in our books.
They may have been created for athletic endeavours, but your classic Air Jordan and Air Max models just don’t cut it when it comes to modern pavement-pounding prowess. And you probably don’t want to beat ‘em up anyways.
Not comprising speed for steez, here are some of the best new running sneakers you can cop right now.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Designed by former Nike CEO Mark Parker (long before he became head honcho) and Air Force 1 architect Bruce Kilgore in 1983, the Pegasus was created to be hard-wearing yet affordable, with enough performance perks to satisfy even the most astute running aficionados. Well, almost 30 years later, the shoe still fits.
The Air Zoom Pegasus 38 is the latest ‘workhorse with wings’, combining breathable mesh in the upper with lightweight Air Zoom/React foam in the sole. With more foam and a wider forefoot design than its predecessor, this $120 runner won’t disappoint when it comes to performance, pedigree, and a friendly price tag.
adidas adizero Boston 9
Lightweight with a low stack point, the adidas adizero Boston 9 offers one of the smoothest rides in the Three Stripes’ running lineup. Making use of the dynamic performance duo of BOOST and Torsion, the midsole will have a familiarly bouncy feel, perfect for everything from long sessions on the pavement to casual workouts.
Created for the famed Boston Marathon, this latest colourway is also a frontrunner in the aesthetics department.
HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 7
Moving away from the ‘Big 2’ to a brand that’s a perennial favourite among the more seasoned speed freaks, HOKA ONE ONE have gone well beyond the IYKYK status they carried for so long. Now in its seventh evolution, the Bondi is known as the brand’s most cushioned runner, with soft EVA in the midsole working alongside the brand’s Early Stage Meta-Rocker Geometry tech.
If you get sore feet while running, this could be the shoe for you. Not only is it packed with cushioning, but it’s also offered in three different widths for a perfect fit.
On’s ascension to the summit of the running world has been a rapid one, not surprising considering the brand was born in the Swiss Alps. Dubbed the Cloudace, their uber responsive road running shoe has been re-designed, making it even more supportive than before.
Featuring two different types of CloudTec cushioning for a stable ride with a unique sensation, the shoe is complemented with a Rebound Rubber forefoot for more added response. Under the heel, the Clouds in Helion superfoam (what a cool name!) provide another layer for cush.
ASICS MetaSpeed Sky
Labelled as ASICS’ fastest road racing shoe to date, the MetaSpeed Sky is packed with all the long-distance tech you’ll ever need, without looking like something out of sci-fi. Like others in its class, it comes with a full-length carbon-fibre plate for maximum energy return. This is combined with FLYTEFOAM Turbo, the brand’s lightest and most responsive midsole compound, and the popular GUIDESOLE tech.
Worn by elite athletes like Sara Hall, the MetaSpeed Sky will have you zooming towards your next PB. Not to mention, the colourway is hot fire.