If you’re thinking summer is the time for speed, we’ve got the shoes for you!
HOKA Evo Rehi
This shoe is unbelievably light, due to the Hoka’s lightweight rubberised foam, and this is a fast, versatile and cushioned racer. The Rehi are responsive and perfect to wear for your speed sessions, track sessions or even your longer runs. The upper part of the shoe is well ventilated and durable, they have a snug fit and are uber- comfortable. Versatile, cool, responsive, the Hoka Rehi has attitude and sass. They’re such a stylish pair of trainers, which you can wear at any time. A must add to your summer kit.
NEW BALANCE 890v7
Lightweight and just so cool, you will never want to take these New Balance beauties off. Super responsive due to the signature REVLite midsole, they also provide welcome support as the gusseted tongue snugs your foot for that all-important bespoke fit. These shoes are only 5.6oz so ideal for bundling into a bag for your lunchtime speed session. They come in two fresh summer colourways to accent your kit perfectly, too.
SAUCONY Type A8
This shoe is made for running fast! It is super lightweight with incredible flex, which is great for sprint runs – ideal for spring and summer track or flat 5K runs due to its breathability and minimal cushioning. The Type 8 is made for a natural ride so it’s really responsive, but despite that it also has pretty good support in the arch and heel. The fit is on the narrow side, but length-wise is true to size if you’re used to going up half a size. The styling is pretty stunning, too – bright, bold, sleek. You’ll have to concentrate on form to prevent yourself from looking down!
Incredibly lightweight and with the minimum of cushioning, you will hardly feel these on your feet. These are not comfortable for either trail running or off-road as the trainer’s heel to forefoot is very thin, resulting in an almost barefoot feel. With great traction, they perform equally well in wet and dry conditions. If you’re looking for a shoe for sprinting and to smash your track or 5K PB, then this could be the perfect shoe for you.
The Brooks Hyperion is extremely lightweight and super-fast. They have a snug fit and have been designed with speed in mind – these are the perfect choice if you’re after a new PB or for speed sessions. They are road-running racing flats, but they do provide responsive cushioning too. The sock liner is not very thick but provides enough cushioning. The shoe is breathable and the upper part is made of stretchable fabric.
HOKA Carbon X
This doesn’t look like a fast shoe, but it is. When you first put them on you can feel it propelling you forwards. Its carbon fibre plate affects every stride, encouraging you on to your toes and feels so fast to run in. Yes, the midsole is oversized with Hoka’s lightweight Profly X foam, but don’t let this make you think it will detract from your speed. It’s so responsive and bouncy you feel fast and secure. These are awesome!
SAUCONY Fastwitch 9
This is an incredibly lightweight shoe – and an incredibly bright one! The fit is comfortable and spot on for the size. The racing design is as sleek as they come, with a breathable upper mesh that helps keep feet cool, and the no-sew design meant no irritations too. The ‘tacky’ rubber outsole was true to its word, giving good traction with the road. A fantastic, fast shoe – perfect for intervals.
Super light and super fast, these are built for track days and interval training. The propulsion pods on the sole really help push you forward. Even on ploddy recovery runs, the low rise means feet feel connected with the pavement, helping to bring awareness to form. The simplicity of the design means the shoes feel roomy, with a lightweight mesh upper that’s both cool and comfortable.
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Incredibly light, the ultra-thin nano meshed shoes will give you increased confidence in your speed work. With a secure performance heel cap and its skeletal structure, you’ll naturally accelerate while feeling connected to the ground when racing. Made with Pebax, it’s designed to add energy to your toe-off. You’ll also draw admiration for its ultra-cool design, shape and colour.
UNDER ARMOUR HOVR Sonic 2
These shoes feel fast. The Hovr cushioning is lightweight and responsive and gives you the feeling of running on air, making you want to run faster. Compression-mesh Energy Web contains the Hovr foam, returning the energy you put into each stride. We loved the upper and its compression fit, which makes the foot feel locked down. And they’re versatile enough to up the distance in, due to great cushioning. A Bluetooth feature gives you feedback about stride length, cadence and more via the MapMyRun app.
MIZUNO Wave Sonic 2
Weighing only 180g, the lightweight Mizuno Sonic 2 is for the runner who wants to increase their speed. Ultra-light, you will find the soft cushioning and the new developed ESS Wave plate generates huge amounts of energy, while still being a stable support. Asymmetric upper construction with mesh material gives breathability and comfort. Zigzag grooves in the forefront make for a responsive toe off. In an unusual but beautiful colour combination of turquoise and orange, you won’t want to take these off all day.
ADIDAS Pulse Boost HD
You’ll love the Continental outsole on these slick racers, as tiny bobbles give a superior grip, making them ideal for urban speed. The highly breathable knit upper flexes with your foot, with a made-to-fit snug foot-hugging feel. There’s enough support around the heel extending to the lateral sides of the feet for you to run fast around corners comfortably. A nifty extendable Achilles heel support adds extra confidence, while the Boost HD midsole is unbeatable for responsiveness. Running just feels so pleasurable in these.
Prices are RRP and correct at time of print for Women’s Running Issue 116 August 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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