Friday 24 October 2014

running on clouds Three cushioned shoes for neutral/underpronating runners

Brooks Ghost 6

The neutral Brooks Ghost 6 is a soft, cushioned, medium to wider fitting shoe. The midsole of this shoe features a very lively Brooks DNA cushioning system along with the lovely flexible sole designed to roll along like a caterpillar. This shoe is also ideal if you wish to use your own custom orthotics or insoles. Also very universal for walking or running over a variety of terrains. Available in normal and wide fits for men and women.

HIT: Super cushioned and comfortable.

Knock: Wider sole than a normal running shoe.

ASICS GEL NIMBUS 15

€160, ASICS.IE

Asics have put all their research and development over the years into the Gel cushioning system which has earned this shoe many awards for its cushioning. The 15th edition now introduces a 'fluid-fit' fabric on the top part of the shoe to make it extremely comfortable and ventilated. Combined with a sole which is broken down into partitions that guide the foot better when running. And you get loads of Gel running the entire length of the shoe from the forefoot to the heel.

Pros: Soft and sturdy. Available in a wide fit as well.

Cons: Not as flexible as other neutral cushioned shoes.

SAUCONY TRIUMPH

€150, SAUCONY.IE

With a more cushioned sole you generally get more weight, but Saucony have defied this with the use of Powergrid foam that keeps the weight of the shoe down. Because of its composition the powergrid is considerably lighter than typical cushioning products. The upper is very light as well with a glued seam forefoot and very ventilated mesh. The fit is slightly wider than normal and flex when running is feels very natural. The main thing about this shoe is the 8mm of height difference between the heel and toes.

Pros: Light, flexible and comfortable straight out of the box.

Pros: The fabric mesh is very thin around the toes.

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