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Best Road Shoes of 2018

Posted on 14/12/2018

Can you believe it is that time of the year again where we look back at the top performers for the year? Shoes are ranked according to the number of sales in the calendar year as well as how quickly the stock sold in the first few weeks of the model landing in store. We have also included a “what runners liked” about each model. Tell us in the comments below if you have any of these models and what you enjoy best about it.

 

1. New Balance 880 v8

What runners liked:

Runners really enjoyed how light this shoe, especially considering it is a high mileage trainer. The comfort in the midsole and heel support has also been a winner for this model.

What RUN staff said:

One of the best lightweight high mileage training shoes out there, could easily hold it’s own as a racing shoe as well. It’s no wonder it is one of the top selling running shoe in the US. Built for neutral runners, the toe box is slightly narrower so if you have been in this model for a few years sizing could be different to what you are used to. All-in-all it is a brilliant upgrade from the 880 v7.

 

2. Asics Nimbus 20

What runners liked:

The Nimbus gives great support on a variety of terrain. As ASICS most cushioned shoe, runners enjoyed the plush feel with the gel inserts in the midsole. With extra inserts underneath the heel, it is a very forgiving shoe that gives runners the comfortability and confidence to tackle even the toughest of distances.

 

3. Brooks Ghost 11

What runners liked:

The Ghost 11 appears to be more flexible than previous models, as well as offering slightly more cushioning underfoot. If you are after a super plush feeling while still enjoying adequate support, particularly in the arch area, the Ghost 11 is for you.

What RUN staff said:

The Brooks Ghost 7 has undoubtedly been one of the most successful incarnations of the Ghost ever. This model has been lighter, more flexible and more natural than any model before. The softer DNALOFT crash pad in the heel gives a softer landing.

 

4. New Balance 1080

What runners liked:

With a few different width options, the 1080 has always been high on the list of possible favourites for runners looking for a well-cushioned high mileage running shoe. The Fresh Foam midsole does well to offer supreme comfort underfoot.

 

5. Saucony Ride ISO

What runners liked:

Runners enjoyed how secure the heel area of the shoe is, which locks your foot in nicely and reduces movement inside the shoe. The ISO lacing system also provides support in the front of the shoe which greatly reduces friction and blistering inside the shoe.

 

6. ASICS Cumulus 20

What runners liked:

A lightweight everyday training shoe that continues to be popular amongst many a runner. Runners enjoyed the soft feeling underfoot thanks to the gel padding.

What RUN staff said:

The ASICS Gel-Cumulus 20 has been a full redesign of a favourite in the ASICS range. The removal of the Trusstic system has reduced weight and given the shoe a smoother transition from heel-to-forefoot. The FlyteFoam midsole increased underfoot cushioning while making it lighter. The broader last has made the shoe far better and has given it a much wider appeal for many people. Subtle tweaks resulting a completely redesigned shoe.

 

7. Altra Escalante

What runners said:

Fans of Altra on the trail have taken to the Escalante very well. The softer EGO midsole offers a more plush ride than previous Altra road shoes and the ‘racer’ version gives a bit more of a firmer option for runners looking for a snappy race shoe.

 

8. ASICS GT1000 v6

 

What runners liked:

Runners really enjoy the durability of the GT1000, a well priced everyday trainer with decent arch support for mild pronators makes the GT1000 the only ‘stability’ shoe in our Top 10.

 

9. Saucony Kinvara 9

What runners liked:

The Kinvara has long been a firm favourite for runners looking for a more ‘natural’ running experience. The 4mm drop and incredibly lightweight feel of the shoe offer very little restrictions to the foot. The Everun in the midsole offers great step in comfort and despite not having the highest stack height it offers plenty of comfort over the longer runs.

 

10. Altra Torin

What runners liked:

The Torin is a popular option amongst runners who enjoy the zerodrop feature of Altra but are looking for a bit more cushioning compared to the Escalante. The midsole offers premium comfort for longer runs, while still not feeling too much like a marshmallow.

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