Stay ahead of your running game with the best sneakers on the market

Hit the ground running.

If you’re a runner, you know that finding the right pair of running shoes is like finding the Holy Grail. Ensuring your feet stay comfortable and well-protected while pounding the pavement is of utmost importance.

Yet, the vast amount of information available on what to consider and which shoes to buy can be overwhelming. To give you a hand, below are some of the best shoes for running that are on the market and available to shop in Australia.

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Read on to find our top picks to suit a range of budgets and styles for any type of runner.


Nano X3

$130 (usually $200) at Reebok

One of Reebok’s standout performers is the Reebok Nano, a “flagship franchise renowned for its exceptional performance,” according to the brand.

The Reebok Nano X3 is the latest iteration and is designed with a Lift and Run Chassis system that provides stability and cushioning.

Sizes: 5 – 12

Colours: 6

Key features:

  • Lace closure
  • Lift and Run chassis system
  • Textile lining


Glycerin 20

$199.95 (usually $269.95) at Brooks Running

Soft but firm, these are great distance shoes. They’re high quality and ultra-durable for those wanting to make an investment that will last for years to come. Their sole traction also makes them a good option for various terrains.

Sizes: 6 – 12

Colours: 16

Key features:

  • 410 out of 423 (97%) reviewers recommend this product
  • Super-soft cushioning
  • Smooth transitions


Bondi 8

from $219.99 at Hoka

Hoka is kind of the MVP in the world of running shoes these days, the ultra-cushioned design makes them lightweight and comfortable to wear.

You can select the width you require from your sneakers, which is a game-changer for those with wider feet, and they come in so many colourways your only struggle will be picking just one pair.

Sizes: 5 – 12

Colours: 12

Key features:

  • Engineered mesh construction
  • Partially gusseted tongue
  • 40% Recycled polyester eyestay lining


On Cloudmonster

$259.95 at The Iconic

Great for on-road running, the On Cloudmonster offer a cushioned landing for hard surfaces. The honeycomb-esque cushioning compresses on contact to reduce impact.

Sizes: 6 – 10.5

Key features:

  • Durable, temperature-resistant mesh upper
  • CloudTec Cushioned midsole
  • Rocker Shape and Helion Superfoam to fuel your stride


Ultraboost Light

$224 (usually $280) at Adidas

The Adidas Ultraboost Light are the brand’s lightest-ever sneaker. The BOOST midsole is made from a unique lightweight foam to ensure you don’t feel weighed down.

Sizes: 5 – 11

Colours: 8

Key features:

  • Adidas PRIMEKNIT+ textile upper
  • Textile lining
  • Linear Energy Push system

Does the type of running shoe matter?

First things first, does your sneaker actually matter when it comes to running? According to James Chan, the head of marketing Pacific at renowned global sportswear brand, Reebok, the right shoe can absolutely impact your performance, no matter your expertise level.

“Running shoes can indeed have a positive impact on performance, even for casual or beginner runners. A well-designed running shoe provides essential support, cushioning, and stability that can enhance comfort, reduce the risk of injury, and promote a more efficient running stride,” James told Now To Love.

Important factors in a quality running shoe can include anything from stability to flexibility, cushioning or traction. When it comes down to it, it all depends on the individual runner and their needs.

When it comes to the design of a good running shoe, James advised that “designing running shoes for different types of runners involves considering factors like cushioning level (more for beginners, potentially less for advanced runners), support features, and biomechanical considerations”.

“Biomechanics, including factors like pronation (foot roll), impact forces, and stride length, influence shoe design. Different shoes offer varying levels of pronation control or support, cushioning materials, and flexibility to accommodate different foot strikes and running styles,” he said.

What should you look for when buying running shoes?

According to James, “shoppers should consider factors such as their running style, foot shape, terrain, and desired level of support and cushioning”.

“It’s important to get properly fitted, consider the shoe’s durability, and test the shoes through a short jog or run before making a final decision”, he added.

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