The Best Running Shoes to Improve Your Times

June 24 2020

Here are the Best Running Shoes to Improve Your Times

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Running is all about results. Whether you run to lose weight, increase your speed or simply to live a healthier lifestyle, it’s the finish line that’s important. So why not help yourself get there quicker?

Expert running shoes are more than just a pair of trainers, they’re a platform to help supercharge your performance. With new technology constantly being developed, running shoes help to cushion landings, support joints and even give you a bigger boost. So, which ones should you choose?

DW Sports have broken down some of the best running shoes on the market from some of the biggest brands in sport. Whatever goals you’re running towards, these shoes will help you put your best foot forward.

Women’s Brooks Bedlam 2

Whether you’re running through the city streets or taking your training offroad, give yourself a boost with the Bedlam 2 running shoes from Brooks. Featuring a DNA AMP midsole, this super-energised cushioning system gives back with every footfall. 

If support is what you’re looking for, the GuideRails® holistic support system is perfect — protecting both your ankles and knees by helping your body find its natural movement. And with a sock-like fit, the integrated collar ensures the shoe moves with your feet.

Men’s Asics Gel-Cumulus 21 Knit

Leave your competition in the dust with a pair of men’s Gel-Cumulus 21 Knit running shoes from Asics. These impressive trainers feature two midsole foams. The first provides a lightweight softness, while the second adds more bounce to every footfall. 

FLYTEFOAM® Propel Technology ensures that this extra bounce is put to good use, giving you more power behind your strides. Don’t worry if you’re used to giving it your all when training, as Asics High Abrasion Rubber is placed in critical areas of the outsole, meaning they’re durable enough to take whatever you have to throw at them.

Men's Brooks Bedlam 2

If you’re looking for a running shoe that’s going to help to smash your personal best, the men’s Bedlam 2 trainers from Brooks are an ideal choice. DNA AMP cushioning makes the Bedlam 2 the springiest and most reactive shoe in the Brooks range — giving you more from every step.

Designed to be the perfect fit, these running shoes have a flat-knit upper and an integrated collar to create a snug, tailor-made finish. Plus, an internal bootie and pseudo-integrated tongue provide incredible comfort, no matter how hard you run.

Men's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36

With responsiveness like no other, the men’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 running shoe is ideal for those looking to cut time from long-distance runs. Slimmer than ever before, this lightweight shoe is made from a single full-length Zoom Air unit for a smooth, responsive ride.

The Zoom Pegasus 36 running shoes are built to keep you running for longer. Cushion ST foam keeps your feet supported and responds to every movement, while upper perforations and engineered mesh adds breathability — meaning you can give it your all without worrying about overheating.

Nike Women’s Zoom Pegasus 36

An iconic running shoe made slimmer and cooler, the women’s Zoom Pegasus 36 from Nike removes weight and adds extra ventilation for a more breathable trainer. A sleeker design reduces bulk for a more comfortable fit, plus, the tongue is lighter than the previous Pegasus trainer, meaning it better hugs the shape of your foot as you run. 

There’s more to the Zoom Pegasus 36 than comfort, as the exposed Flywire cables in the midfoot keep the shoe more secure during high speeds. Planning on taking your running off-road? With the shoe’s waffle pistons on the outsole, it’ll absorb high-impact movements and give you more multi-surface traction.

Finding the perfect pair

Before you head out to buy the first pair of running shoes that catch your eye, there are all sorts of things that come into play and will inform your decision —  your weight, biomechanics, the surface you prefer to run on and the shape of your feet. In short, no one shoe will suit every kind of runner.

Your gait is the way in which you move your limbs, which results in the way you walk and run. Gait plays a huge part in deciding what to look for in a pair of trainers and analysing your gait helps to discover what types of running shoes will help you perform better. To find the running shoes that are right for you, head out to your nearest DW Sports store for a free gait analysis and to find your perfect sole mate. Following the latest government guidelines on social distancing, our gait analysis service is closed to protect our customers and staff. However, from the 15th June our in-store running specialists can book you in and offer you expert advice and tips to help you become a better runner.

DW Sports provides performance clothing and accessories from some of the world’s biggest brands. From gym gear and running shoes to football kits and swimwear, there’s something to help every fitness journey.

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