Best In Test: Technical Shoes | Women's Running

Best In Test: Technical Shoes

Read Time:   |  July 11, 2019

The latest releases, with up-to-date technical advances and design, to power you through your training

ON Cloud Edge Moonlight

Tester: Geri

ON Cloud Edge MoonlightFrom the funky colour to the amazing design and feel, you will fall in love with everything about the Cloud Edge Moonlight shoes. They are extremely comfortable to run in, with a snug fit. Everything is considered, with details such as a finger loop at the back, which helps with slipping them on and off, to the high-performance function of the CloudTec sole and Speedboard. The reflective material and laces just add to the desirable appearance. The outer material is breathable and the shoes are responsive and lightweight, which gives a smooth ride and cushioned feel with every stride. They’re perfect for a speed training session or for road running, rain or shine. The Moonlight comes in a very attractive Iris & Dust Grey combination of colour. A comfortable and versatile shoe. We feel confident you will be impressed. Every woman needs a pair of Ons! These shoes are not only high performance, but pretty sexy too. They’re lightweight, responsive, highly reflective, and they just look so good, too.

BROOKS Adrenaline GTS 19

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19£120,
Tester: Louise

Streamlined and sleek, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 is a running shoe you want to be seen in, and works for all lengths of run. A smooth ride from the first wear, its newly improved cushioning is excellent. The plush tongue and collar mean no rubbing on feet or unwanted pressure. A two-part guide-rail system sits on top of the midsole and extends toward the upper, to keep the foot moving along its most efficient path, stabilising the knees. Roomy and comfortable in the toe area, what it lacks in structural support round the ankle, it makes up for in lightness and bounce. The DNA BioMoGo and DNA Loft (the gel inside the shoe) adapt to the force you apply, which worked well both on and off road. The chic colour combo is stylish-looking too. A great mid-priced shoe.


Tester: Caroline

Saucony Triumph ISO 5

A neutral shoe that’s so comfortable and responsive it’s bound to keep you going strong on long runs. The Everun sole is designed to give exceptional energy return on the midfoot. The addition of the Formfit sole in conjunction with the Isofit design, which adapts to your foot shape, result in a super-comfortable and luxurious ride. The upper is fine knit, designed for breathability but it also provides more flex – in fact, the Triumph ISO 5 is the perfect balance between sturdy and flexible. Extra loops on the laces add stability and support further up the front foot and more rigidity to the ankle. Reflective detailing is a clever feature and the aqua colour looks fresh, too. It’s not the lightest shoe around, but it’s a great choice for more cushion and comfort when upping mileage.

Hoka Mach 2HOKA Mach 2

Tester: Tina

This shoe has excellent cushioning, from the Profly midsole, making it ideal if you have a niggle and want extra security. It’s a shoe definitely suited to long runs, but surprisingly it’s unbelievably light, too, so it also suits speed sessions. The fit isn’t overly tight, so there’s little risk of hotspots, such as getting blisters on your little toes, or feeling scrunched up in the toe box. The ventilation is spot on; you can feel the cold air rushing over your pinkies. The upper is thin but it hugs your foot and these felt secure around the heel. How can you not comment on the feminine pastel colour, as well – even if you’re not particularly girly, they look stunning on. These are definitely worth a try if you are looking for a lightweight but cushioned shoe.

361° Strata 3

Tester: Susan

361 Strata 3These are a great choice for road running, or for light trails and are especially suited to overpronating runners. The arched sidewalls provide vital support to your midfoot area, help to control pronation and encourage a natural gait. The Morphit lacing system makes your foot feel streamlined and secure while keeping you feeling locked down. The fit in the toe area is generous and enhances the overall comfort. Cushioning is good, especially in the heel area, with no slippage. The mesh upper is very effective, protecting you from overheating. A specifically positioned flex groove mimics the natural movement of the foot, providing a natural ground contact. And they look good, too.

best-support-shoesPrices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 110 February 2019.

How we test: All our kit is tested by real runners. Our reviews team is a group of passionate women with diverse running experiences, from dedicated marathon runners to happy plodders. We wear the clothes, run in the shoes and use the tech on our usual runs to see if they go the distance. We then give each piece of kit our star rating.

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