It’s hard to believe that much of 2021 has passed and still large populations of the country are still in lockdown, but such is the case with the global pandemic. But if there’s one thing that has come out of the current situation, it’s the importance of looking after both our mental and physical health. While gyms might be closed, it doesn’t mean you have to shelved your fitness goals entirely. Instead, the opportunity is now ripe to explore other pursuits, like taking up running, or simply getting to know your local area that little bit better as you walk every street within a 10km-radius from your home.
But if the thought of trading the gym for the pavement or laps at the local park has you hitting snooze on the alarm and sinking deeper into the couch, these sneakers will give you the extra motivation to get going. After all, sometimes you need some external motivation to first take action and start forming a habit. Regardless of your experience or fitness level, these sneakers promise to keep you moving. And given that one of the physical tolls of extended lockdown has been foot pain due to an increased time spent in ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes, we’re not taking any chances. We’ve rounded up the best sneakers that will ensure you avoid such physical ailments, providing cushioning and a level of comfort that will see you not wanting to take them off.
ECCO St.1 Lite, $239.95
If you’re looking for a stylish sneaker that can be worn for those lockdown walks and slow jogs around the block, look no further than the ECCO St.1 Lite. With its stretchable textile sock, this sneaker provides comfort and shock absorption, with a lightweight sole that has extra cushioning and flexibility thanks to the innovative ECCO FLUIDFORM Direct Comfort Technology.
Under Armour, UA HOVR Phantom 2 Intelliknit, $220
Known for their impressive range of running sneakers, Under Armour has taken the popular UA HOVR Phantom 2 sneaker and given them new life with a breathable UA IntelliKnit. It makes them quick-drying, stretchy and mapped to move with your feet, ensuring they give you the utmost comfort with every stride. Featuring UA HOVR cushioning, these sneakers have a high-energy feel that will keep your legs feeling fresh.
Hoka One One, Rincon 3, Blazing Orange/Fiesta, $199.95
When it comes to cushioning, Hoka One One do it best. The Rincon delivers on a sneaker that is both well-cushioned and lightweight. Not surprisingly, you’d be hard-pressed to find a runner who isn’t obsessed with Hoka. The new-and-improved Rincon 3 features an asymmetrical tongue, thinner pull tab and ventilated mesh-upper for ultimate breathability. The light midsole foam has cutouts and an enhanced rubber coverage, providing improved durability. This is a sneaker that not only gets you through easy, recovery runs, but can seriously see you push the pace and PR on those hard efforts, too.
Hoka One One
Nike Pegasus Trail 3, $190
For those who like to run from the street to the trails, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is your go-to sneaker. With the look and feel of the beloved Pegasus, this sneaker features incredible traction to ensure you’re equipped for whatever terrain you encounter out there on the run. Support around the mid-foot will ensure you are supported on the run, making it one of the best hybrid sneakers for tackling road and trail.
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2, $259.99
If you’ve been sleeping on Saucony, now’s the time to get behind the brand. Many a tanker promises to do everything, but few deliver. That is until Saucony developed the Endorphin Speed 2, a sneaker that exceeds all expectation. Regardless of distance or tempo, this sneaker does it all and features ultralight PWRRUN PB cushioning and a responsive nylon plate, propelling you forward effortlessly so you can run faster, not harder.
adidas, Adizero Boston 10 x Tinman Elite, $269.95
Amongst runners, the Adidas adizero Boston quickly became a favourite sneaker. Competing with some of the best road shoes in terms of technology, the adizero Boston 10 features a high stack midsole that is packed with one layer of LightstrikePro and one layer of Lightstrike EVA. What it means is a protective midsole that ensures you get an energy-returning lightweight underfoot feel that’s perfect for long runs. Featuring a special collaboration with US-based team, Tinman Elite, these sneakers will have you looking both stylish and picking up the pace on your runs.