The 8 best running shoes for men you can buy in 2019
It's time to hit the track and beat that PB once and for all, because these are the best running shoes for men right now.
With millions of men running recreationally, there are a lot of striders across the UK in need of the right equipment to help them achieve their goals. Undoubtedly the most important piece of any runner’s kit is their trainers.
Having the right pair of shoes to suit distance, surface and the shape of the foot will contribute in a positive way when it comes to trying to set new PBs. Even more importantly though, having the correct footwear could help prevent any long-term damage or injury. But with so many trainers on the market, how does anyone know which ones are leading the pack?
To help runners get up to speed with what’s available, FOOTY.COM has explored a range of brands to identify the best running shoes for men in 2019.
1. Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
The sequel to the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 has an even more ultralightweight Nike ZoomX midsole, which brings revolutionary responsiveness to long-distance training. An attractive product which can be custom-designed, the shoe possesses a feather-light synthetic upper and lofted mesh, making it weigh less than its predecessor.
Additionally, a partial inner sleeve, plus angled heel with an engineered collar, keeps the foot comfortable and protected on the toughest of runs. Some reviewers highlighted that the trainer, which also has a rubber outsole to provide traction and absorb impact, can often come up half a size smaller.
2. Adidas Ultraboost 19
Appealing to runners across a wide range of abilities and distances, the Adidas Ultra Boost 19 delivers an engineered fit via its Primeknit 360 upper, which expands and supports the foot on every stride. Dual-density Boost cushioning on the medial side offers endless energy for a stable and smooth ride, while Torsion Spring has been installed in the midsole to offer support to push to the absolute limit.
The natural second-skin-like feel is available in a range of colours so there will be something to suit every person’s unique style. Please note that Ultraboost 19 owners have stated that they can come in on the small side so a size up should be considered.
3. Asics Gel Kayano 25
The Japanese sportswear giant Asics’ GEL-Kayano 25 is a shoe made for long-distance running. Built for ultimate comfort and performance as the miles stack up, it benefits from FlyteFoam Lyte cushioning, a redesigned jacquard mesh, spacious toe box and Ortholite X-40 sockliner. Its medial support system and metaclutch have ensured an improvement in levels of heel-holding to deliver endurance, while a fibre-reinforced midsole, which helps the shoe recover its shape, is perfect for those overpronators (flat feet).
On the heavier side of the market leaders, runners who want a featherweight shoe may want to look elsewhere. There is good news for those with broader feet though as the Gel Kayano 25 is available in a wider version.
4. Hoka One One Carbon X
Hoka One One’s Carbon X running shoe is popular with runners across the land. As it says on the tin, unsurprisingly the trainer’s main feature is a carbon plate which increases gait efficiency for a more stable and enjoyable ride. Protecting the foot in a heel strike and propelling forward for a firm toe-off, it is designed to allow the user to go further for longer.
A lightweight, breathable, single-layer mesh upper which wicks away excess moisture and encourages cool air circulation keeps the foot cool, while the rubberised foam outsole results in soft ground contact, increased traction and responsive cushioning to maintain that spring in each step. Wearers of the Hoka One One Carbon X have advised that the product can come up a size bigger than their norm.
5. Mizuno Wave Inspire 15
With its AIRmesh upper and intercool on the midsole, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 ensures constant airflow to keep runners cool and dry even on the sweatiest of summer runs courtesy of its AIRmesh design. A premium insock and a flexible supportive midsole, which has been fitted with wave and U4iCX technology, help absorb the shock of heel striking, resulting in comfort at the highest level.
Mizuno's integrated DynamotionFit technology adapts to fit the foot like a glove which, via its durable X10 outsole, ensures maximum grip and traction time after time. A few mention that the shoe also runs half a size smaller than usual. Available in a selection of colours, this iconic offering does tend to run half a size smaller on users.
6. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
We’ve plucked out the lightweight New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit from their fantastic range of running shoes. Similar to other products on the Fresh Foam line, it boasts an innovative midsole made from a single piece of foam to provide a more natural ride and help enhance performance. Built around data from real-life road runners, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit also uses a lightweight rubber material in its outer sole which provides durability, grip and additional cushioning.
Available in a very stylish UV Blue with Bayside & Black, or Orion Blue with Supercell & Sulphur Yellow, the snug but breathable HypoKnit upper could also pass for casual occasions. One thing to note is that some wearers have said it’s not been a great fit on the heel.
7. Brooks Levitate 2
The stylish Levitate 2 running shoe is Brooks’ most responsive trainer yet. The DNA AMP midsole not only cushions the foot but it controls, captures and returns energy to super-boost any run. Although a human doesn’t have unlimited energy Brooks’ engineers have helped utilise what each person has in the tank by creating a flexible, arrow-point pattern on the outsole to help move from heel to toe quickly, without losing energy.
Meanwhile, an adaptable Fit Knit upper, heel wrap and ultra-soft heel tab mean comfort has not been sacrificed in the name of performance. Wearers, who have purchased any one of the seven aesthetically pleasing styles available, have noted that the Levitate 2 leans on the heavier side compared with other leading running shoes.
8. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%
Like most ParkRuns, we’re going to finish where we started, back with Nike but this time it’s their fast-feel ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%. This shoe delivers fantastic energy return through its ZoomX foam but with additional responsive comfort. Breathable and light VaporWeave material up top adds to that comfort factor as well as keeping the foot secure in various conditions.
Customisable to suit the buyer, the ZoomX VaporFly Next% also comes with fewer distractions thanks to updated laces which eliminate the need for an arch band. Performance-wise, the trainer benefits from a midsole carbon-fibre plate that helps prevent energy loss in toe bends, plus outsole lengthwise flex grooves which enhance multi-surface traction. These shoes are roomier in the toe-end than other Nike products so runners with feet on the narrower side take note.
With endless quality options available, hopefully our list above has assisted you when it comes to selecting the best running shoes for men.
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