No, not all running shoes are created equal, some time ago the Ethiopian athlete Derara Hurisa had to give up his victory and personal best in the Vienna marathon for running wearing irregular shoes. The Ethiopian runner had realized the potential of the Super Trainers, i.e, those shoes with a particularly abundant midsole that guarantees maximum cushioning and a more accentuated return of the energy given by the impact with the ground.
What makes Super Trainers different from normal running shoes?
50 mm of foam first which are more reactive and energetic than midsoles with classic thicknesses ranging from 25 mm to 30-35. If you could run on soles even 60 millimetres thick or more, you could have even greater reactivity and it is precisely in the balance between reactivity and stability that the success of these shoes lies, in many cases their footprint has a larger dimension, managing to compensate for the height and making them very balanced.
The best super running shoes that will elevate your daily run;
ASICS NOVABLAST 3 M
The Novablast 3 running shoe features FF BLAST PLUS cushioning in the midsole, which helps create a lighter, more responsive feel underfoot. The tongue construction in the upper ensures that the tongue does not move and helps improve the fit.
BROOKS GLYCERIN GTS 20
Equipped with Guide Rails support technology that keeps excess movement in check, so you can maintain the ideal stride. In addition, DNA LOFT v3 ensures that these super-cushioned running shoes offer total comfort.
NEW BALANCE MORE M
Designed by New Balance for amateur runners looking for reactivity but also lots of cushioning. These soft men’s running shoes have a Fresh Foam midsole for maximum comfort and are incredibly light, while the soft quilt-like mesh upper adds support and breathability.
ADIDAS ADIZERO BOSTON 11 M
The Adizero Boston 11 shoes are designed for medium to long-distance running. Thanks to ENERGYRODS technology, energy dispersion is reduced to a minimum, for racing performance and sensations even in training. They’re fast, but not at the expense of durability. The midsole combines ultralight Lightstrike Pro cushioning Adidas most responsive foam with the durable Light strike EVA compound.
NEW BALANCE FUEL CELL SUPERCOMP
The heart of this shoe is its FuelCell foam midsole with EnergyArc technology and carbon fiber plate, which ensures a super responsive sensation underfoot, with a marked energy return. The very wide base and the deep groove that crosses the sole transversally offer the stability the shoe needs and are excellent base that accumulates energy every time the foot rests on the ground, to give it back when pushing off.
HOKA BONDI 8M
The Bondi shoe features much softer and lighter foams and an innovative extended heel geometry. Equipped with an extended heel, an innovative foam and a padded tongue, it represents the perfect mix between softness and elasticity, while the excellent cushioning, offers a perceptibly softer ride.
SAUCONY ENDORPHIN SHIFT 3 M
The Endorphin family grows with the upcoming arrival of the Saucony Endorphin Shift 3, the younger sister of the saga, a shoe focused on daily training with a large dose of reactivity to exploit the energy of each stride during the run. One of its key points are the Speedroll geometry and the PwrRun midsole, which will now have a higher profile to provide the shoe with better feel and responsiveness in every step. Another noteworthy aspect is the inclusion of a piece in the heel area, which aims to provide the shoe with more and better stability. The design of the sole has also been slightly modified, while maintaining both the compound and the previous structure.
NIKE AIR ZOOM ALPHAFLY NEXT% 2
In the next chapter in Nike’s unwavering focus on designing for runners, the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% 2 is engineered for peak performance for marathon and long-distance road runs. The shoe’s innovations have focused on refining the construction, the Alphafly NEXT% 2 midsole is made from a combination of full-length ZoomX foam, a full-length curved carbon plate and two Nike Air Zoom pods, to offer runners a propulsive push, light and supportive ride.
UNDER ARMOR HOVR MEGA 3
These new running shoes from the USA brand are beautiful and chubby, the model with greater cushioning, which in addition to absorbing impacts, with the elasticated upper wraps the foot for a personalized fit. Carbon rubber pods under the heel provide superior traction and durability in high-impact areas.
This article was originally published on GQ (Italiana Edition)