7 Best Running Shoes for Men 2020 in the UK

Taking up running seems like a good start towards your fitness goals for 2020, this seven best list is just what you need.

Our Pick For March

Saucony Men’s Kinvara 8 Running Shoes, Black (Black/Citron), 9.5 UK
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Saucony Men’s Kinvara 8 Running Shoes, Black (Black/Citron), 9.5 UK
  • Engineered mesh upper - For a breathable and supportive fit.
  • FLEXFILM - Provide structure and support.
  • Internal strap system - Embraces the midfoot where it's needed the most.
  • EVA+ midsole - Lightweight cushioning.

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1. Asics Dynaflyte 2 – Extra Lightweight Shoes

Asics Men’s Dynaflyte 2 Training Shoes
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In A Few Words

Feels like running on clouds, but with a steady step. Asics’s team focused on delivering an extra lightweight shoe with zero negative impact on the cushioning and support. The result is Asics Dynaflyte 2.

At A Glance

  • One of the best neutral running shoes
  • Usual price: varying depending on size availability
  • Newest addition to the Asics family
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Subtle, discreet colour selection
  • Minimal design
  • Breathable upper mesh
  • New FlyteFoam Technology
Cons
  • Not so flexible
  • Sockliner fabric wears out easily

Details

  • FlyteFoam Technology

According to Asics, DynaFlyte 2 is a neutral running shoe with a 19mm stack height in the heel and an 8mm drop.

The new FlyteFoam technology found mainly at the midsole weighs 55% less than the regular EVA foam and is 76% better. In essence, it is a foam material with reinforced organic fibres that bounce back to maintain cushioning.

Asics has introduced this material with last year’s Dynaflyte model, but the FlyteFoam presence is louder in this successor model.

  • SPEVA 45 Lasting System

Another feature of the DynaFlyte 2 sole is the SPEVA 45 lasting system, which can be found between the midsole and the sockliner part of the shoe. In reality, it is an extra layer placed on top of the FlyteFoam to make the shoe more responsive since the FlyteFoam is a very soft material.

The combination of the FlyteFoam technology, the SPEVA 45 lasting system and the standard Asics outsole pattern with several rubber patches result in a robust yet lightweight model. That is why Asics’s motto for this line is “Don’t run, fly”.

  • Design

The design is clean and minimal. It definitely stands out from the extensive mass of the flashy running shoes in the market.

DynaFlyte 2 shouts it is made for running, not showing off. In fact, the mesh fabric of the upper part of the shoe practically covers Asics’s logo!

  • Colour Options

Most options in colour selection include a black mesh upper and a pop of colour in the foamy area of the midsole.

Again, if you do like a flashier colour and feel like going for this shoe, we found on Amazon.co.uk 1 or 2 options with cherry tomato colour that seems vivid enough.

  • Insole

One of the few drawbacks is the sockliner, which starts to wear out after the first 20 km. This will probably irritate picky runners, but the good news is that the sockliner can be removed and replaced by the orthotic insoles that suits you best.

  • Fit

DynaFlyte 2 runs a bit large, as with the majority of Asics models, so considering ordering half size down if this is your first time ordering from Asics.

 

Our Verdict

Asics’s DynaFlyte 2 is a very promising shoe. It has the latest midsole technology and the ideal combination of its predecessors’ strong traits. It is a very lightweight shoe, but it also provides enough support for the foot.

All in all, it is probably not the best option for professional runners, but it is far better than ok for beginners. It is ideal for you if:

  • You highly appreciate Asics as a shoe brand
  • You are a neutral pronator
  • You are looking for an extremely lightweight but durable shoe

 

2. Hoka One One Clifton 4 – Ideal for Long-Distance Runners

Hoka One One Clifton 4 Trainers
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In A Few Words

As cushioned as it gets, this shoe’s foremost concern is your comfort.

At A Glance

  • Ideal for neutral pronators and long-distance runners
  • Usual price: depending on size availability

 

Pros
  • Wide colour selection
  • Sturdy design
  • Durable upper mesh
  • Extra cushioned, very comfortable fit
Cons
  • Not the lightest shoe
  • Not so flexible
  • Not the ideal shoe for quick sprints

Details

  • CMEVA Foam

Clifton 4’s midsole consists solely of CMEVA Foam. Compared to its predecessor’s foamy midsole, this improved foamy material is more responsive. That said, the shoe retains the famous “marshmallow ride” and the curvy shape of the sole that most runners seek when they opt for a Clifton shoe.

The new consistency of the foam makes the sole more durable in the long run, but it also is to blame for the not so desirable weight of the shoe, which is around 300 g.

  • Design

The new Clifton 4 introduces a new mesh material in the upper that feels smooth and stretchy. The new mesh material is more durable and breathable than the previous model. The lacing system secures your foot in the shoe nice and firm.

The overall look is a little bit bulky, but the reflective spots here and there make a flashier appearance.

  • Colour Options

When it comes to colour selection, the range is satisfactory enough. On Amazon.co.uk, you can find the most popular jasmine blue/neon green colour and other combinations, such as Castlerock grey/Atomic Blue, black/cyan blue/citrus yellow and the quite vivid Saffron/Red Orange.

  • Insole

Clifton 4 comes with an Ortholite insole, which enhances the overall comfort feel you get with this shoe.

  • Fit

The fit is quite similar to the previous Clifton versions, with some small changes in the toe box area. More specifically, the toe box is wide and comfortable enough for the average foot, but not for the wider sizes, while it has a wider midfoot fit than its predecessor, Clifton 3.

If you are used to running in another brand with a wider fit, such as Nike or Asics, probably you should go up half a size to have the ideal fit.

 

Our Verdict

Hoka One One Clifton 4 is a professional running shoe, extra cushioned and comfy for marathons and long runs. This model is more responsive and durable than its predecessors but it lacks in terms of flexibility, and it is not as lightweight as the very first model of the Clifton line.

It is ideal for you if:

  • Comfort is your top need
  • You often experience muscle pains and stress in your feet
  • You want extra high arch support
  • You appreciate a durable and well-made shoe

 

3. Brooks Ravenna 8 – Steady and Breathable Running Shoes

Brooks Men’s Ravenna 8 Running Shoes
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In A Few Words

A really supportive and lightweight shoe that helps you speed up.

At A Glance

  • Ideal for neutral pronator and mild overpronators
  • Usual price: anywhere between the range of £80-£200

 

 

Pros
  • Really steady structure
  • Breathable upper, ideal for summer months
  • High support, helps with overpronation
Cons
  • Doesn’t break in easily
  • Low arch support (If you have medium arch, it is not for you)
  • Not ideal for rainy days

Details

  • Midsole and Outsole

Ravenna 8’s upper midsole has a narrow fit that helps with overpronation, thus providing better stability during your running sessions. This does not mean though that Ravenna 8 is not a shoe for neutral runners. Just be prepared for a different feel than the usual neutral running shoes.

Another feature found in the midsole is the BioMoGo DNA cushion, a specially designed cushion to adapt with your gait. This means that ultimately, this shoe will fit you like a glove.

The outsole has a special segmented pattern that allows the shoe to be flexible. In the midfoot transition zone, the sole has a distinctive diagonal roll bar that helps natural motion and adjusts any light overpronation inclinations.

  • Design

The looks of Ravenna 8 are not plain but not too fancy, either. Yet, we were surprised by the balanced appearance of this overpronator’s shoe. Size 10 comes in 330 g, a considerably light shoe taking into account the bulkier and stiffer overpronating shoes available in the market.

Moreover, there is a wide enough range of colours to choose. The mesh upper is very lightweight and smooth, provides proper ventilation for hot summer runs, but it is also permeable by water, so there is no way running in the rain with these on.

  • Colour Options

The colour selection is not massive, but it does include some basic colour combinations that match with almost every outfit and are generally considered popular. Some examples are the Silver/Red combination, Black with lime green and white, vivid blue and red hues and the subtler yet classy combination of carbon grey and black.

  • Insole

The insole is made of soft textile with a nappy texture, and it has an extra layer of BioMoGo DNA foam underneath. It can be removed and replaced with your orthotic insoles.

  • Fit

Ravenna 8’s fit is firmer at the back of the shoe, wrapping the foot tightly, and it gets looser in the front foot area. It will definitely please runners with medium arches because it has enough cushion support.

 

Our Verdict

Brooks Ravenna 8 is not a stiff, bulky shoe to correct severe overpronation, while it is not the usual neutral type of a running shoe. It lies somewhere in between. It can be considered one of the lightest options for overpronators and can be used for medium paced daily runs but also marathon distances.

It is ideal for you if:

  • You are a slight overpronator
  • You want a lightweight shoe with enough support
  • You appreciate flexibility
  • You do not have wide feet

 

4. Brooks Beast 14 – Ideal for severe overpronators

Brooks Beast 14
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In A Few Words

A true monster of support, cushioning and stability.

At A Glance

  • Ideal for severe overpronators. When everything else fails, Beast 14 prevails!
  • Limited availability on Amazon.co.uk

 

Pros
  • As steady as it gets
  • Great support
  • Insole with three layers of moulded materials, removable
  • Breathable mess spots in the forefoot area
Cons
  • The heaviest shoe we have reviewed so far (430 g)
  • Very Stiff
  • Tight fit

Details

First of all, Brooks was determined to exaggerate in every aspect upon manufacturing this shoe. Hence the name “Beast”. The goal was to provide heavy runners with severe overpronation a shoe for their needs. And they made it.

  • Midsole and Outsole

Starting from the midsole, it consists of three different foam densities. The eight different components used to produce these densities are of the highest quality, so the high price of the shoe is completely justified.

The three different foams are noticeable through different colouration. The grey one is the hardest, the white follows, and the softest of the three is the red foam. The stiffer foam is placed on the inner side of the shoe to correct overpronation issues.

The rubber outsole has a huge footprint, solid and full, with no curves. The forefoot midsole has two foam densities. Again, the stiffer foam of the two is on the inner side to prevent the overpronation.

  • Design

The upper consists of a combination of different materials, synthetic nubuck on the forefoot area, semi-elastic TPU panels in the midfoot area and thin mesh overlays in between for ventilation. The truth is that this shoe is surprisingly breathable despite its heavy construction.

  • Colour Options

The colour selection is utterly disappointing for runners who seek a pair to make their presence known. In essence, there are three variations of black available, with slight variations with blue, red and silver/grey hues. However, we cannot complain much since this is merely a matter of taste.

  • Insole

The insole is comprised of three layers of different materials, a result that puts to shame some of the best orthotics insoles. The thickness of the sockliner makes it extremely cushioned and well-padded. If you do not like the feel of it, you still have the option to remove it and replace with the insole of your choice.

  • Fit

Beast was made for big runners or runners with flat feet and overpronation issues. So we would expect a wide fit in this shoe. What an unexpected surprise! The forefoot looks wide, but in reality, it is no wider than in average shoes! If you have wide feet, opt for the E size width and at least half size up from your usual size.

 

Our Verdict

Beat 14 is truly a beast. A very heavy but well-made shoe, designed with severe overpronators in mind. It is ideal for you if:

  • You suffer from severe overpronation
  • You seek for extra stability and support

 

5. Mizuno Wave Prophecy 6 – An Expensive Pick

Mizuno Men’s Wave Prophecy
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In A Few Words

Impressive design and ultra-cushioning support from heel to toe.

At A Glance

  • Ideal for neutral runners and supinators

 

 

Pros
  • Mechanic plates cushion technology in the midsole
  • Good support
  • Has a springy feel, inspires you to run
Cons
  • Runs on the hefty side (370 g)
  • High price and low availability
  • The gaps between the plates are not practical in rocky trails

Details

  • Midsole and Outsole

As with the previous models of this line, Prophecy 6 retains the two plastic plates cushioning system in the full length of the shoe instead of foamy materials in the midsole.

Underneath the sockliner lies a thin layer of foam that Mizuno calls U4icX. The foam is placed to enhance comfort. According to buyers, the shoe provides comfort during long runs.

The shoe sits high, so it would be an excellent option for supinators.

The outsole unit has a high toe spring that propels the body forward once the move transfers the weight to the forefoot.

  • Design

The design is unique, and the shoe becomes the centre of everybody’s  attention quickly. The dominant feature of the shoe is, of course, the wave midsole unit, which is complemented by an outline of gold or vivid blue hue.

All in all, it is probably not one of the popular minimalistic shoes, and that makes the difference. In the upper, the mesh is softer and less wide than its predecessors, providing ventilation that reduces humidity and heat in the shoe.

  • Colour Options

The selection here is limited, with only three combinations to choose. These are the following: White/Gold, Grey (TradeWinds)/Black with s splash of lime here and there, Griffin/Blue.

  • Insole

The shoeliner is made from a foam material, and it can be removed and replaced with your orthotic insoles.

  • Fit

The shoe is rather heavy but comfortable, ideal for neutral runners and supinators. The Dynamotion Fit hugs the foot, and the result is a flexible yet secure fit. The upper can accommodate spaciously regular D and E widths.

Our Verdict

Wave Prophecy 6 is a shoe that reminds us of the old times when shoes were big, showy and heavy. It has impressive design and more than average cushioning. It is ideal for you if:

  • You like to be different from the mass
  • You are a neutral runner or a supinator
  • You appreciate the extra cushioning support

 

6. Adidas Kanadia 7 TR GTX – Waterproof Trail Running Shoes

adidas Men’s Kanadia 7 Tr Gtx Trail Running Shoes
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In A Few Words

A waterproof shoe made for the neutral, adventurous runner.

At A Glance

  • Ideal for trail races
  • Ideal for neutral pronators
  • Usual price: depending on seller and size availability
Pros
  • Waterproof
  • Excellent grip even on wet surfaces
  • Comfortable fit
  • Style signed by Adidas
Cons
  • Runs on the hefty side (almost 370 g)
  • Upper not as durable as expected
  • No flexibility

Details

  • Midsole and Outsole

The midsole comprises of EVA foam, a well-tested material that absorbs shock tension and keeps its shape. Overall, the midsole is all right but nothing revolutionary.

On the other hand, the outsole in this shoe indeed makes a statement. Adidas used a patented TRAXION technology to ensure an excellent grip regardless of the weather condition or type of the terrain.

Unfortunately, the thick rubbery sole had a toll on the shoe’s weight, as it reaches 370 g. If you are looking for something more lightweight, then this is not for you. To be fair, though, we could not expect a trail running shoe to be as thin as a road running shoe.

  • Design

Despite being bulkier than a regular running shoe, Adidas has managed to make this shoe appearance as attractive as it gets. The upper is waterproof and breathable, with mesh at the forefoot area and synthetic overlays. Your feet will be thankful for keeping them dry and free from bacteria.

  • Colour Selection

Adidas has something for every taste. If you are a classic type, a grey/black combination awaits you. If, however, you like flashier and fancier colours, again, you can find your perfect match in Kanadia 7 TR GTX.

  • Insole

As with most Adidas models, Kanadia 7 TR GTX comes with an Ortholite insole.

  • Fit

The shoe wraps tightly around your foot. Generally, you feel the steadiness of the shoe and the lack of flexibility.

 

Our Verdict

Adidas Kanadia 7 TR GTX is the shoe to wear on muddy terrains and wet rocky roads. The upper is thoughtfully made for this reason; it is breathable, waterproof and comfortable. Some buyers, though, feel that it started to wear out sooner than they expected, so durability might be an issue. You can, however, find this shoe at low prices with a little bit of search, so durability is not a deal breaker.

This shoe is ideal for you if:

  • You are a neutral pronator
  • You need shoes with firm grip
  • You generally like Adidas fit and style

 

7. Saucony Kinvara 8 – Top Running Shoes for Men 2020

Saucony Men’s Kinvara 8 Running Shoes
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In A Few Words

A lightweight, low-offset shoe, fit for every running need.

At A Glance

  • A neutral running shoe, ideal for forefoot and midfoot strikers
  • The 4 mm drop (heel to toe) help you feel more the ground than other high-heel and cushioned shoes
Pros
  • Low drop (4mm), ideal for every run
  • Wide colour selection
  • Smooth ride
  • Secure fit
  • Lightweight (224g)
Cons
  • Wide size not available
  • Soft midsole
  • Not as fast as previous lines

Details

  • Midsole and Outsole

The midsole is made of an EVA foam with sparser density than its predecessor’s. On top of the midsole, Kinvara 8 has a full-length Everun topsole. The softer foam density and the topsole addition result in a good performance regarding flexibility and support.

However, keep in mind that the foam is less durable and the shoe loses its cushioning over time.

The outsole rubber is minimal, mildly responsive, made for a soft and smooth ride.

  • Design

The upper looks cleaner and more minimal, compared to the previous models of the line. It comprises of a single mesh texture with Flexfilm patches wherever is needed. The modest use of Flexfilm in the upper resulted in a more breathable and flexible mesh.

  • Colour Selection

The colour selection is a pleasant surprise since there are basic colours, flashy combinations and even gradient transition colours available.

  • Insole

Kinvara 8 has a removable moulded insole on top of the Everun topsole.

  • Fit

The heel is reinforced with foam and soft lining, two components that contribute to a more comfortable fit. In the toe box area, there is enough vertical room, but the toe box feels narrow in height whereas some buyers reported pressure on the small finger. Clearly, this shoe might not be the ideal option for runners with wide feet.

Our Verdict

Saucony Kinvara 8 is a very lightweight, low heel shoe that is made for speed as well as marathon runs. Keep in mind though that the soft and lightweight feel means less durability. Nevertheless, it is the ideal shoe for you if:

  • You want to feel the ground under your feet when you are running
  • You want a lightweight pair for your training sessions or marathon runs
  • You want to have a variety of options regarding the colour of your shoes

 

Picking the Best Running Shoe…

Here you will find out about the importance of picking the right shoes for your needs. This step is crucial to the success of your workout routine since the running shoes are considered the king of your running gear.

Before cracking on with the list, let’s see some critical factors you must take into account before setting your eyes on what it might seem like the most promising shoe of the year.

1. What Works for One Runner Might Not Work for Another

Since we all know that we are different humans with different running style and pace, first of all, you need to determine the type of pronation your foot has.

Pronation is by definition the inward roll of your foot that occurs naturally when you set your foot on the ground. Knowing your pronation type will help you choose the right shoes for your feet, avoiding unwanted blisters and providing the right amount of support during your running sessions.

2. Pronation Types and the Ideal Shoes

  • Neutral Pronation, which is the ideal inward roll of your foot upon striking the ground, about 15%. The body weight is distributed evenly, and the runner has a normal gait cycle. The best-suited shoes are the so-called neutral running shoes while a flawless run can also be achieved with mild support shoes.
  • Overpronation, which is an excessive inward roll of your foot upon striking the ground, more than the ideal 15% of the neutral pronation. Without the right type of shoes, overpronators might suffer from bunions, calluses and Achilles tendinitis. To prevent these mishaps, opt for motion-control shoes with multi-density The goal here is to limit pronation.
  • Supination, which is the insufficient – less than 15% – an inward roll of the foot during normal motion. In that case, the outside of your foot shoulders the majority of your body weight. Without the right type of shoes, the runner can suffer from ankle pains and shin splints. The ideal shoes provide support and promote pronation, in other words, they are curved and cushioned.

4. How to Determine Your Type

You can always head to a local running store to have your gait analysed by the specialists. Yet, there are some tips to determine your type by yourself:

  • Neutral pronation is typical among runners with a standard foot arch. Check the wearing patterns on the soles of your already worn out running pair. The neutral pronator’s soles are worn out in the middle of the ball of the foot.
  • Overpronation is typical among runners with flat feet or a low foot arch. The wearing patterns on the overpronator’s sole are traced in the inside edge of the shoes.
  • Under-pronation is typical among runners with high foot arch. The wearing patterns on the under-pronator’s soles are traced – you guessed it! – on the outside edge of the shoes.

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