2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the world of running shoes. Sports brands are introducing more cutting-edge technologies than ever before – continuously upping their game to help you run better.
At Edge Sports, our team has keen and regular runners who regularly test out the shoes we stock. Our favourite brands never fail to impress us with their innovative solutions and that’s why our customers love them too. For us, the best brands are the ones that are always looking to do better.
Whether you’re an avid runner and are looking to get started, we have 2023’s best running shoe brand choices. The top running shoe brands to check out in 2023 include:
- Hoka One One
- New Balance
All of which you can find in-store and online at the Edge Sports Superstore. Find out more about why we love these running shoe brands below.
Altra Running Shoes
Altra running shoes are a great choice for runners looking for superior cushioning, support and comfort. Their shoes feature several key elements that make them stand out from the competition.
One of our favourite features is the Altra FootShape Toe Box. The Toe Box provides ample space for your toes to move naturally in the shoe. Something that is essential for preventing any cramped feeling or irritation in your feet. Altra’s specialised cushioning platform is another feature that will give you support and relief from soreness after long runs. Ideal for anyone that runs regularly or long distances.
Altra running shoes also feature a zero-drop design that keeps you close to the ground, creating a more stable and natural running experience. Additionally, Altra shoes come in a wide range of stylish designs so you can look good while hitting the trails.
Asics Running Shoes
With over 70 years of experience in athletic footwear, Asics offers something for everyone with its wide range of shoes. Asics running shoes are a great choice for those who want to prioritise durability and comfort during a run. Asics shoes feature several key elements that make them stand out from the competition including shock absorption and overpronation correction.
To absorb shock and reduce stress on your feet as you run, Asics introduces a gel cushioning system. Whilst their FlyteFoam technology provides lightness in every step. Something that allows for a more natural and dynamic range of motion during your workouts.
Another great feature is the DUOMAX Support System. A system that helps provide your stability as you run by dispersing impact away from your feet. Not only that, but it also helps to correct overpronation and supination. With such superior cushioning and support it’s no wonder why Asics running shoes are so popular.
Brooks Running Shoes
Offering some of the most advanced features available such as a segmented crash pad sole, Brooks delivers maximum cushioning and durability. Brooks running shoes are a great choice for those looking for all-day comfort and support too.
Brooks MoGo Midsole Cushioning provides plush underfoot support which absorbs any shock from your feet as you run. Running in shoes with advanced cushioning can help reduce injuries like shin splints and also reduce muscle fatigue.
The segmented crash pad we mentioned above helps to ensure a smooth heel-to-toe transition. This means you can worry less about technique whilst enjoying optimal cushioning and stability while you run.
What we also love about Brooks running shoes is their supportive fit. No matter the shape or width of your foot you can find the perfect, comfortable and supportive, fit. All these features make Brooks running shoes an excellent choice for runners looking to go the extra mile.
Hoka One One Running Shoes
Hoka One One running shoes are popular with runners who enjoy running outdoors and on trails. Largely because they are a great choice for runners who want maximum running performance without sacrificing comfort.
Boasting lightweight cushioning and a variety of unique styles, Hoka One One shoes also have a host of brilliant traits. Their midsole technology, for example, helps to absorb shock and impact while providing stability and energy return. Wondering what energy return is? Energy return means that the impact of running is absorbed by the shoe. Then, as you push off from your next step, that energy is released again to boost you. This means you’ll have more energy and your muscles will perform better for longer too.
For a smooth run, Hoka One One introduced Meta-Rocker Geometry. This geometry is designed to help provide a smooth run, allowing for an effortless transition from heel strike to toe-off. This is possibly shoe science at its best.
Mizuno Running Shoes
Featuring Wave Technology that ensures peak performance and comfort when running, Mizuno has been satisfying customers since 1906. Mizuno running shoes are a great choice for those who want a running shoe with comfort and support.
Mizuno’s midsole foam is lightweight yet provides excellent cushioning and shock absorption, ideal for long runs. Their Wave Technology also helps deliver superior stability while also providing a more comfortable running experience.
Mizuno has really paid attention to every part of the running shoe, inside and out. Their outsole technology is as superb as the inner, meaning their shoes provide extra durability in high-wear areas of the shoe. So, you can be confident that your Mizuno running shoes will give you better performance for miles to come.
New Balance Running Shoes
Utilising carefully crafted designs that deliver excellent fit and stability, New Balance shoes will make your runs more enjoyable.
New Balance running shoes are a popular choice thanks to the comfort of their responsive cushioning. The fresh foam midsoles are both lightweight and responsive, providing superior cushioning and energy return without compromising stability. The Ortholite sock liner adds an extra layer of cushioning, helping to keep feet cool and comfortable during runs.
They have also introduced Ndurance Outsole Technology to provide extra durability in high-wear areas of the shoe. A must-have for regular runners and busy athletes.
Nike Running Shoes
An industry leader with numerous lines such as Air Max and Flyknit, Nike offers exceptional support and traction. Nike React Infinity is the newest technology from Nike, and it is designed to reduce injuries. Specifically injuries due to over pronation or supination. React Infinity includes a soft midsole for cushioning, along with a heel wrap for better stability and traction.
Nike running shoes are a great choice for those who rank style and performance with equal importance. It goes without saying that Nike is a master of sportswear design but their technology is outstanding too. Their Flyknit Technology alone helps ensure maximum comfort during runs thanks to a snug, sock-like fit with superior breathability and flexibility.
Air Units provide responsive cushioning in the midsole too, helping you retain energy and improve performance. On top of that, their Waffle Outsole Design helps provide extra traction on various terrains, as well as greater durability for longer runs.
All these features make Nike running shoes an excellent option for runners looking for top-quality performance combined in a stylish shoe.
Saucony Running Shoes
Saucony running shoes are a great choice if you want a lightweight running shoe, but with cushioning. Saucony uses a ProGrid Midsole to keep their shoes lightweight yet responsive. The result is superior cushioning and energy return without compromise.
With Saucony running shoes, you will also find that you have extra flexibility throughout the forefoot. This is thanks to their seamless fit and technology which ensures maximum comfort during runs. The outsole rubber compound also helps to provide enhanced traction during runs.
If you want long-lasting performance for long-distance runs, you can’t go wrong with Saucony shoes. Saucony running shoes are an excellent option for athletes looking for superior cushioning and flexibility.
If you have any questions about which running shoes to choose, talk to a member of the Edge Sports team.