The best race shoes in our 2020 Product Awards...
Best Race Shoe: Winner
SAUCONY Endorphin Pro | £190
If you’re thinking of investing in a shoe with a carbon plate to help you get that PB, the Saucony Endorphin Pro came top in our race shoe test. “You get two essential technologies in this shoe that make them so attractive for serious runners on the hunt for a PB,” said Meg. “There’s a carbon fibre plate alongside their Speed-roll technology, so you spring away from each step and fall into the next with a lot of energy and impetus. Some shoes with a carbon plate feel too aggressive, whereas I found these offered a good balance; they were light and springy with a lot of energy rebound without feeling too far forwards so your toes end up hurting in your shoes.”
Best Race Shoe: Best Value
ON Cloudventure Peak | £135
When you want a light trail shoe for racing off-road, the On Cloudventure Peak offers exceptional value. Esther raved about these shoes: “Sharp design, incredibly lightweight and very flexible – not at all what you’d expect from a trail shoe. You get a nice, snug fit around the midsole and a secured tongue so no bits are going to get into your sock either.”
Best Race Shoe: Editor’s Choice
HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X | £160
These shoes are so fast we had to give them our Editor’s Choice award; the shoe propels you forwards with every step, its carbon fibre plate affecting every single stride. They are so responsive and bouncy that you feel fast and secure, and all this helps to make you believe those elusive PBs are possible. “The Carbon X is such an impressive launch for HOKA, and it’s comparatively incredibly good value considering the tech,” says Esther.