The Best Running Shoes of 2019

Whether you're training for a 5k or aiming for a marathon PB, these shoes will serve you well.
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Summer's around the corner, and you know what that means: barbecues, pints, ice cream, four-day festivals, and the feeling that your body will never truly recover from what you've put it though this time.

So it might be time to start that fitness regime. That's why we've rounded up the best running trainers on the market, to ensure that your journey back into exercise is as painless as possible...

1| Adidas Ultraboost 19

It's here: the long-awaited reinvention of the Adidas Ultraboost withprepare to gasp, have a sit down20 percent more boost! It's all down to the torsion spring, and that amount dizzying hop would be outright dangerous if it wasn't for the new 3D heel frame that provides optimal movement of the Achilles and a protective second skin fit.

2| APL TechLoom Phantom


Identical twins Adam and Ryan Goldston founded Athletic Propulsion Lab in 2009 in a bid to combine performance engineering with a luxury aesthetic. That's why their (ultra comfortable and state-of-the-art) trainers look just as good as part of a casual outfit as they do in the gym.

3| Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Sneakers

The aptly-named 'Epic React' Flyknits will certainly make an impression as you pound the pavements. They're the running equivalent of those bright-colored boots tricky wingers like to wear at Sunday League, but are less likely to induce an ankle-cracking two-footer. Millennial pink is far from over.

4| Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2.0

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HOVRA technology gives these Under Armour runners a ‘zero gravity’ feel, without any of the hassle of actually getting to the moon, which sounds like an absolute nightmare. What’s more, the removable anti-microbial sock-liner moulds to the foot for ultimate comfort and durability.

5| Reebok Fusion Flexweave Cage

Still buzzing about France's impressive World Cup victory, but fear that running in a Les Bleus jersey will get you pushed into traffic? Then opt for Reebok's new Fusion Flexweave Cage, complete with the tricolour on the inside sole. The lighweight Floatride Foam make them perfect for classes, speed training, and high impact workouts.

6| Pharrell Williams X Adidas Solar Hu Glide Shoes


Pharrell Williams’s designed a special edition running shoe with Adidas because he’s Pharrell Williams and that’s the kind of thing Pharrell Williams does to fill the days. Combining Adidas’ patented running technology with Pharrell’s flair for peacocking design, the ‘Hu’ collection pays homage to the tradition of running in West Africa and the national flags of the region.

7| Fila Venom

Perfect for when you’ve got to sprint away from all the baying street style snappers, sportswear dons Fila have capitalized on the ugly trainer trend by re-releasing the Venom from 1994. With a mixed suede, mesh, and leather upper and a chunky, chunky, chuuunky sole, these aren’t quite as practical or straight-of-the art as other options on the list, but they’re more likely to get you noticed.

8| Nike Superfly Elite


Pavement pounding is fine, but a sprinting session will get your heart pounding like nothing else. So sign up to a local running track and invest in some quality spikes, like these Nike Superfly Elites. The ultra-breathable Flymesh fabric will keep you cool, as will the oil grey colorway.

9| Asics Metarun

Long-distance road shoes you can really count on, whatever your style and fitness goals. Asics call the Metarun "undoubtedly the best running shoe we have ever built," which is high praise from a brand who can always be trusted for their design and expertise. It's the revolutionary FlyteFoal midsole which not only makes the Metarun lightweight, but hardwearing too.

10| Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbos


Just how fast are Nike’s ‘Zoom Pegasus Turbos’? That's three extremely fast words, all in a row. Well, depends on you and how many "energizing" chorizo slices you ate beforehand, but they'll definitely help, thanks to a feather-light upper and revolutionary Nike Zoom X foam, both of which will make you feel like you’re running on a cloud-based travelator. There’s also the fact that Nike have been working on this much-loved model for years now, and collaborated with marathoners in Kenya to develop the technology.

11| New Balance FuelCell Impulse

These monochrome, patterned New Balance FuelCell Impulse runners have “nitrogen-injected forefoot technology.” That’s fancy book-learning talk for "comfortable, lightweight, springy soles that help you run fast." You're welcome.

12| Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield


Another entry from the Pegasus collection, this time with added protection from all the wet, rainy routes that you'll encounter in the months ahead. A water-repellent upper stops your socks from getting drenched by evil-doing drivers speeding through puddles, and a strong grip on the outsole means you won’t be slipping around and risking injury. The olive flak, black, and cool gray colorways are all understated and sleek enough to suit a casual outfit, as well.

13| Reebok Flexweave Run

A durable, breathable 'Flexweave' upper and low-cut design mean that these moody Reebok runners are snug without feeling constrictive. They're a perfect option for anyone who's thinking of wheezing their way through 5K training, especially if colorful/luminescent trainers aren't your thing.

14| Adidas UltraBoost


There’s a reason why Adidas’ UltraBoost shoes proved so popular amongst serious and casual runners alike when they were released in 2015. The Primeknit upper, bouncy cushioning and selection of understated colorways make them one of the most comfortable, responsive, and stylish options on the market.

15| Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro

Now these are statement runners! And that statement is: Please, please do not run me over with your car. But they also communicate the fact that you're determined to run through rain or shine, galloping past every red-cheeked amateur you meet along the way.

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