The Best Running Trainers – Rated By The Experts

Whether you’re just finding your stride as a runner or are weeks deep into marathon prep, a good pair of trainers is essential. Here, we asked seven running experts which pairs they wouldn’t be without…

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Anya Lahiri

Master trainer at Barry’s UK

Nike Pegasus, £109.95: The Nike Pegasus has earned its stripes in the running world – it’s solid and offers good support for every type of runner. The latest model offers more durability and bounce than ever. A great choice for treadmill running. 

Brooks Ghost, £120: Brooks has long been regarded as one of the world’s best running brands, dating back to the 1900s. Its iconic Ghost shoe is ideal for intense outdoor running and treadmill sessions, too. It’s helped me through multiple injuries.  

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Lucie Cowan

Master trainer at Third Space

On Cloud X, £x: On trainers deserve the hype. I’ve put this pair through their paces and can confirm they are super versatile. They’re my go-to for treadmill work and interval training, and are best suited to runs under 15km. If you find some cushioned trainers to be too bouncy, the On Cloud X’s cushioning is consistently smooth. 

Nike Air Presto, £129.95: I have a pair of these in nearly every colour and they’ve also proven themselves to be immensely comfortable and endlessly springy, even on a long run, while the 100% mesh upper feels like you’re wearing a pair of slippers. These are best suited to road running, rather than anything on uneven terrain though.

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Jodie Gauld

Run leader at Love Trails Festival

Salomon Sense Ride, £120: I’ve been wearing these trainers for the last four years – they’re the perfect trail running shoe. They offer the perfect amount of cushioning to protect your feet when crossing varied terrain, but still help you feel connected to the ground. 

Hoka Carbon, £102: If you prefer to run on tarmac, the Hoka Carbon X is the shoe to do it in. They’re made with clever carbon plate technology, which puts energy back into your stride, making them a great option if you are running longer distances, or are thinking about factoring recovery runs into your week. 

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Steph Twell

Olympic marathon runner, OneTrack

Hoka Kawana, £125: Inspired by the smooth ride of mountain bikes and powder skis, Hoka is known for super-cushioned running shoes which provide that floating feeling. The Kawana is a brilliant multipurpose shoe that’s firm, lightweight and very cushioned. It’s great for treadmill running and gym classes, too. 

Hoka Arahi, £125: Whether you’re an early riser or popping out the door straight after work, the Hoka Arahi offers a responsive, streamlined ride. It also offers stability without rigidity and has been designed to prevent excessive inward role – or overpronation – without overcorrecting your gait. 

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Victoria Urban

PT at Motivate PT

On Cloudflow, £130: This Swiss running company has barely been around for a decade but is already one of the biggest innovators in the shoe game. I can’t get enough of these trainers – they are lightweight, which makes them perfect for running and speedwork, and great cushioning keeps fatigue at bay. If you’re training for a longer run, these are worth trying.

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit, £x: With a good amount of cushioning and a breathable, flexible upper, these Nike bestsellers are made for running, whatever the distance. They are so comfortable that it’s easy to forget you’re wearing such a solid pair of trainers. They also double up for the gym. 

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Lucy Arnold

Founder of Lucy Locket Loves

Asics Kayano, £175: If you’re looking for a stable running shoe that’s built to last, you can’t go wrong with Asics, and the Kayano is my go-to. The ultimate in comfort, it has a wide toe box and will keep feet fresh and comfortable on longer runs. 

Adidas Fluidflow, £70: This Adidas bestseller is surprisingly affordable and it’s a good choice for wider feet. They are light, breathable and come with the brand’s signature midsole bounce, which can help you maintain momentum on more challenging runs.

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Hannah Lanel

Founder of The Fore

Asics Gel Cumulus, £84: Without a good pair of running shoes to support your feet, you leave yourself open to all kinds of injuries. The important thing is to find a trainer that works for your feet, as we are all different, but for reliable comfort and stability, I rate the Asics Gel Cumulus. I’ve run in these for the last 20 years and they – like the rest of the Asics range – are made for female feet, so they don’t rub and have cushioning in all the right places. If you’re just starting out, the Nike Pegasus also comes highly recommended. 

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