Running shoes have been in the news a lot recently. Eliad Kipchoge’s high tech kicks garnered a lot of attention (particularly the soles) when he broke the sub two-hour marathon record in October 2019, as his shoes were deemed to have given him a possible “performance advantage”.

However, if you’re not in the smashing world records business and are just after some performance advantage over your park run nemesis then there’s nothing wrong with taking full advantage of all the recent advances in running shoe technology.

No matter what kind of runner you are, your shoes are the biggest investment that you will make towards what is otherwise a very cheap way of staying fit and healthy, so you need to ensure that they won’t be resigned to the retired rubber heap after a couple of outings.

All the shoes in our roundup were tested as part of a marathon-training plan that involved a mixture of easy runs, long ones and mile repeats and just like test-driving a car we were looking for a comfortable ride with plenty of performance.

As well as neutral options for runners whose feet land centrally and don’t roll, we’ve also highlighted stability shoes, which are suited to runners whose style (or gait) means that their foot rolls more or less than normal when it strikes the ground. These shoes have cushioning and guidance materials that lessen the impact, making it more neutral while reducing the risk of injury.

Other important factors were cushioning, weight and price, but ultimately we needed the shoe to give our run that technical or psychological boost that would keep us keeping on. Here are the kicks that went the distance.

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The verdict: Men's running shoes

Whether you’re in training for an upcoming marathon or are just keen to keep bettering your 5K time, the New Balance fresh foam 1080v10 London are an excellent everyday training shoe that won’t let you down at the start line either.

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