Fitness

The Best Running Shoes To Help You Hit Your Stride In 2022

By Sammy Preston
22nd Jun 2022

A collage of people running

When it comes to getting sweaty, running is a pretty polarising choice of exercise. Fact is, you either love it—and we mean, really love it—or you hate it. If you’re here though, chances are you’re a fan of clocking up those kms on Strava or the Nike Run Club app. Or maybe you’re running-curious, like most of the world post-2020. 

Whatever your vibe, choosing your perfect running shoe is a really important step in your running journey. Not all running shoes are created equal, and how you seek to chase the runner’s high, as well as the intricacies of your own foot, should determine which shoe is best for you—and which shoe is best for the run you’re setting out on today.

That’s where we come in. Here we’ve got a round-up of the best running footwear in 2022, from the best shoes for beginners, to the shoes that will go the distance for 5km or a marathon, and running shoes to spice up your tempo if it’s speed you’re looking for.

The Best Running Shoes For Beginners

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 3

Price: $230

Effortlessly bridging the void between performance shoe and lifestyle sneaker, the Nike React Infinity Run dropped into the world at a time when casual jogging was on the rise, offering a good-looking alternative for beginners keen to hit the pavement. The newest Flyknit features the same cushiony-but-springy midsole as the OG. It's roomy and wide under the ball of your foot but has added padding around the upper for some much-needed ankle support. 

Shop at The Iconic here. 
Shop more colourways at Nike here. 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39

Price: $180 - $190

The Pegasus is the ultimate all-rounder—making it perfect for walking in the park, jogging, and more serious running too. With the latest iteration of the shoe, you can expect all the goodies the Pegasus has become known for, like the extended Nike React midsole and added Air Zoom beneath the ball of your foot for energy return, alongside some upgrades like a more personalised lacing fit and wider toe box. The 39 is lighter than the Pegasus 37 and 38 and has an updated midsole for a smoother ride. 

Shop at The Iconic here. 
Shop at Nike here. 

Brooks Ghost 14

Price: $229.95

Brooks might not have the sexiness of a Nike or adidas drop, but these guys have been major players in the running game for years and they are a favourite with hardcore runners all around the world. The Ghost series is Brooks' most popular, offering a cool cushioned ride, perfect for casual jogging or for anyone keen to get stuck into running and start hitting the pavement on the reg. The Ghost 14 had some planet-friendly updates too, with Brooks moving to more sustainable practices. 

Shop at The Iconic here. 
Shop at The Athlete's Foot here. 

The Best Running Shoes For Middle Distance

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12

Price: $260

A middle-distance ride calls for an all-rounder with a bit of cushion—and the New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12 is exactly that and more. They look fast, and they are fast. New Balance's classic 1080v12 has been a staple in the running community for quite some time now. The addition of their "Fresh Foam" technology transforms this versatile pair of wheels with a bouncy spring, covering you across everything from a swift spin around the block to seriously knocking back the kilometres. The comfort is unparalleled and if you're looking for something with absorption with every step they're a great option. They're also part of New Balance's '"Green Leaf Standard" with the upper of the shoe being made of more than 50% recycled content, good for your health and the planet's.   

Shop at New Balance here

HOKA One One Arahi 6

Price: $249.99

HOKA's are loved for their deep cushioning and comfort, and the recently released HOKA One One Arahi 6 is no exception. It's a stability-first shoe, which is great for daily running, middle distance, and recovery runs, especially if your ankles tend to be on the weaker side. Perfect for pounding the pavement over long distances—these kicks fall into the "super shoe" category making them a top pick for ultramarathon runners. 

Shop at The Athlete's Foot here

On Running Cloudboom

Price: $299.99

These might look like a spacey soccer boot, but trust us, when you're clocking over 10km of road you'll appreciate the futuristic carbon-fibre-infused Cloudboom. Best suited to a slimmer foot and a more experienced runner, it's pitched as a marathon shoe, but actually rocks better for middle-distance being a bit on the firmer side.

Shop at On Running here

Brooks Hyperion Tempo

Price: $269.95

With a bouncy and light nitrogen-infused midsole, Brooks Hyperion Tempo was one of the great running releases of 2020 that still holds up today, combining the sturdiness you need to run a bit further, with a little spicy kick for a more competitive pace.

Shop at The Iconic here

The Best Running Shoes For Long Distance 

On Cloudstratus

Price: $259.95

Designed to take you from 5km to a full marathon, On Running's Cloudstratus shoe features double its trademark "Cloud" cushioning, a wide toe box, and some Helion foam on the midsole for a smooth, bouncy ride. It's protective and performance-based, which is definitely a win-win in our books.  

Shop at On Running here

HOKA One One Speedgoat 5

Price: $269.99

Named after one of history's most prolific runners, Karl “The Speedgoat” Meltzer, HOKA's Speedgoat running shoe is the real deal when it comes to going the distance. Meltzer has won more 100-mile ultra-marathons (that's about 160km) than any other runner in the world, and his namesake shoe lives up to the task. It's the perfect long-distance trail running shoe, designed to tackle rough terrain and unpredictable conditions with traction, grip, and protection engineered throughout. 

Shop at The Athlete's Foot here

The Best Running Shoes For Speed

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2

Price: $310

Nike's NEXT% series made a major splash in 2019, with stacks of copycats entering the market shortly after. The ZoomX Vaporfly has been called the "best racing shoe" thanks to its full-length carbon plate delivering maximum energy return. The newest rendition hasn't changed all that much (the OG didn't need much improvement), but it is ever so slightly cheaper. Wear these when you want to dial up the pace on your long runs.

Shop at Nike here.  

ASICS METASPEED SKY+

Price: $330

When you're ready to upgrade from beginner status and start pushing longer, faster distances—the ASICS METASPEED SKY+ can take you there. This carbon-plated speed shoe is being compared to the Vaporfly, with keen Youtube reviewers calling it "stiff competition". The SKY+ series is essentially designed for runners with a bouncy gate to lengthen their stride—but beyond the specifics, this is a performance shoe that will stick with you from 10km to a full marathon.  

Shop at ASICS here

Saucony Kinvara 13

Price: $199.99

Looking for a  snappy, quick ride? The Kinvara 13 is perfect for beginners hoping to speed up and pros looking to top their PB. Despite its pop-bright colourways, the Kinvara is a minimalist shoe, with the bells and whistles from the world of running tech left off, save for some carbon rubber and extra light-weight cushioning. 

Shop at Saucony here

Just a beginner? Read our guide on how to start running here

Image credit: On Running | Miguel A. Amutio

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