Best In Test: Neutral Shoes

8 of the best tried and tested neutral shoes

ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 20

Comfort: 10
Fit: 10
Responsiveness: 10

asics.com/gb, £150

For running shoes I usually wear size five but these were half a size bigger yet fitted my feet well without an insole. They are super comfortable and quite light. My steps felt bouncy in them and they had the perfect level of cushioning. The colour would not have been my first choice as it gets dirty quickly, but with the dark winter nights, the reflective yellow is quite handy. As a neutral runner, I feel this is a perfect shoe. I haven’t been a fan of ASICS until now, but loved testing these. – Tester, GERALDINE PERRIER

Editor’s comment: Geri’s test shows that trying new brands can bring unexpected but amazing results! These shoes are ideal for low-light conditions and popular for neutral runners. They offer good cushioning but you get responsiveness, too, and they suit pretty much any distance.

BROOKS LEVITATE

Comfort: 9

Fit: 8

Responsiveness: 6

brooksrunning.com/, £130-£140

Initially these felt much heavier than I’m used to, however I was really surprised by just how comfortable and easy it was running at different speeds in them. They are now my ‘go-to’ shoe for longer distances or easy runs. – Tester, JEN ELKINS

HOKA HUPANA 2

comfort: 8

fit: 8

responsiveness: 8

hokaoneone.eu, £90

These trainers feel extremely comfortable during both long and short runs. The sizing is good, they are very light and are nice and responsive. I’m really pleased with them. – Tester, LAURA KAY

NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 1080V8

comfort: 10

fit: 9

responsiveness: 9

newbalance.co.uk, £125

This is a shoe for all training/races/distances. Cushioning is excellent, and they’re incredibly comfortable. They’re lightweight, with good toe ventilation and four width choices, too. – Tester, Tina Chantrey

SAUCONY FREEDOM ISO

comfort: 7

fit: 6

responsiveness: 7

saucony.com/UK, £140

These were a slightly small fit (I should’ve gone for a bigger size). They felt great on a shorter run but pinched slightly on a long run. However, they are lightweight and felt very supportive. – Tester, LAURA KAY

ADIDAS ULTRABOOST X ALL TERRAIN

comfort: 9

fit: 10

responsiveness: 10

adidas.co.uk, £169.95

The Primeknit upper is very supportive, almost like compression. You won’t get better grip, even on wet paths, and the cushioning gives so much bounce. You’ll love them or hate them! – Tester, Tina Chantrey

MIZUNO WAVE SKY

comfort: 9

fit: 8

responsiveness: 9

mizuno.com/uk, £150

You get a lovely soft sensation under your heel and forefoot and they feel flexible. The extra padding gives you confidence. They’re not as light as some, but they don’t feel heavy, either. – Tester, Tina Chantrey

ON CLOUD X

comfort: 9

fit: 6

responsiveness: 9

on-running.com, £125

These are very flexible and responsive. I would be happy to run distances up to half marathons in these, as well as short faster runs. They react quickly and feel very lightweight. They were slightly wide around the heel but I have very narrow feet. Tester, Jen Elkins

 

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