Nike, Under Armour and Adidas trainers: 8 of the best running shoes

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The right running shoes will improve your performance. Credit: Getty Images
The right running shoes will improve your performance. Credit: Getty Images

Finding the right pair of runners that are comfy, boost your performance, and aren't extortionately priced isn't easy. We've narrowed down the search for you, with these well regarded trainers.

UA Flow Velociti SE, $200

Under Armour's new Flow Velociti SE provides unparalleled responsiveness, energy return and grippy traction that allows you to run with confidence. The upper of the shoe is a flat knit with mechanical stretch, great breathability where you need it, and structure over the metatarsal for added support and security. The shoes can also digitally-connect to MapMyRun, offering real-time, personalised coaching tips to improve form, helping athletes run farther and faster.

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UA Flow Velociti SE, $200 Photo: Under Armour

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit, $250

These lightweight shoes are perfect for long runs. They have a responsive foam that delivers bounce and a soft feel when you run. They have a secure fit, with a wider forefoot to give extra stability, and a curved outsole to make the shift of weight from your heel to toe feel really easy. The mesh upper helps your feet breathe, and its designed for maximum shock absorption too. 

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit, $250

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11, $260

These are designed to give a luxurious feel if you're on a long run. It's a plush shoe that has foam midsole cushioning underfoot to give a soft, lightweight feel as your foot hits the ground. It has a stretchy knit upper giving a comfortable fit, and a sockliner inside the shoe for comfort. The heel of the shoe is designed to hug the back of the foot for a snug, supportive fit. 

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11, $260

Brooks Glycerin 19, $259

This is a great shoe for everyday runners, who want a reliable shoe that lasts. It's a highly cushioned shoe but the sole feels smooth and bouncy, rather than too soft. The top of the shoe is made from a stretch double jacquard mesh to give both structure and breathability. There are no seams in the upper which reduces the risk of rubbing, and it's nicely stretchy. They can size up quite small, so if you're buying online consider going up from your usual size.

Brooks Glycerin 19, $259
Brooks Glycerin 19, $259. Credit: The Athletes Foot

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Asics EVORIDE 2, $200

If you're after an all-rounder shoe, this one will see you through long runs or shorter everyday turns. It has a lightweight but firm midsole foam, and a technology that helps conserve energy as you run. There's an anatomically shaped toe box, and an exaggerated round shape underfoot to help it move smoothly. At least 20% of the primary material of the shoe's upper is made with recycled materials to reduce waste and carbon emissions.

Asics EVORIDE 2, $200
Asics EVORIDE 2, $200. Credit: Asics

Adidas UltraBoost 21, $135

These shoes have a sock-like fit, which can feel a bit strange when you first put them on - but once you've got used to the feeling, they'll bring you great running results for shorter, easier runs. The upper part of the shoe is made from 92% recycled ocean plastic. It very supportive, and helps secure your foot well to the shoe. If you're after a running shoe that can be worn casually as well, this is a good option. 

Adidas UltraBoost 21, $135

Altra Riviera, $130

Super light and soft, these are great for road and track running. They have a signature wide toebox, which means no squashed toes, and a knitted upper with no seams, to reduce rubbing. The fit is snug, and it has a fairly high sole that gives some extra spring to your movements. 

Altra Riviera, $130
Altra Riviera, $130. Credit: AltraRunning

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2, $200

New Balance’s FuelCell Rebel is a responsive running shoe featuring the highest rebound FuelCell performance foam currently on the market to deliver a propulsive feel and explosive energy return. The deconstructed heel counter provides extra support, and the moulded collar foam provides incredible lockdown. This running shoe is built for daily runs and up-tempo workouts. 

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