They spend days talking about them, months looking for the right ones and hours using them. For a runner, the buck stops at the shoes. The right pair doesn’t only help them perform better, it also boosts their confidence. There are many to choose from. In our final part of the Christmas gift guide, we help you pick the right pair for the runners you know.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
It’s been a less than a year since New Balance started its India retail operations. If the finish line at the Bengaluru Marathon is anything to go by, the American brand has been received enthusiastically. For while the Vazee Rush and Pace are the go-to pair for those who like low cushioning, the Fresh Foam 1080 is just right for the runner who likes the cushioning but hates the extra weight that comes with it. Surprisingly light, this shoe packs a punch. The best part: You have the option of buying a pair with a wide toe box. So there is more room to wiggle the toes and fewer instances of broken toenails.
Available at: New Balance retail outlets, Jabong.com and Amazon.in.
Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3.0
This is one of the most popular pair of running shoes out there today. Along with its predecessor Adios Boost 2.0, it’s probably the single most used model on race day across the world. A racing flat, with an extremely comfortable meshed upper and streamlined design, it’s built for running fast. If you know anyone who is more concerned about race time and speed than the amount of cushioning in shoes or running form, this is the shoe to gift. The stitched upper with suede trims gives it a really smart classic look. Aside: The world record (2:02.57) for the marathon was set in the Adios Boost 2.0, the 3.0’s predecessor, in the German city of Berlin in 2014.
Available at: adidas retail outlets, Shop.adidas.co.in, Amazon.in and Jabong.com.
Price: Rs 12,999.
The Japanese shoemaker has been better known for its Gel series of shoes, such as the Nimbus, Noosa and Kayano. This rather new offering from Asics, the sports goods partner of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM), offers medium cushioning and new technology in the DynaFlyte sole that helps keep the weight down. It’s for those who are transitioning from cushioned shoes to racing flats. It is also the ideal training shoe for faster runners who prefer the streamlined design and low weight of a racing flat without any compromises on the cushioning. It would be lovely to see a SCMM special edition shoe from Asics—like it does one for the TCS New York City (NYC) Marathon.
Available at: Asics retail outlets, Amazon.in and Jabong.com.
Price: Rs 10,999.
Skechers GOrun Forza
This is the first proper supported shoe from Skechers featuring a much denser and sturdier sole under the arch of the foot. For pronators whose feet roll inwards at ground contact, the more dense sole under the arch ensures that the stride remains true, supporting the arch and pushing it outwards and correcting the pronation. The upper is seamless, like most of the top-end running shoes available in the market, and the cushioning is on the higher side (14.5mm). The heel-to-toe drop is high, and helps in the toe kick-off during the run. GOrun has become a rather popular line from Skechers, especially after 2009 NYC marathon and 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi tied up with the brand for the GOmeb line of shoes.
Available at: Skechers retail outlets, Amazon.in and Jabong.com.
Price: Men’s, Rs8,499; Women’s, Rs7,999