The second half of the year is in full swing and with that comes some big updates from our major running brands. Asics, Hoka, Saucony and New Balance are all adding new shoes and colour-ways to their collections and our shoe wall. Here are our top picks in each category

Training | Stability

Asics Gel-Kayano 28

Shoe - Our favourites in each category this Season!

The Gel-Kayano has been around a long time. Known for its plush comfort, reliable stability and luxury ride the 28th model does not disappoint. With improvements made to free up the mid-foot, strengthen the upper and create a more fluid motion the Asics Gel-Kayano 28 is for a runner spending most of the time on the road and needs a shoe that won't break down with a little extra medial load.


Training | Neutral

Hoka One One Clifton 8

Shoe - Our favourites in each category this Season!

The Hoka One One Clifton 8 is a great update, Hoka seem to be listening to their followers and making adjustments to their fan favourites based on that feedback. With an upper that locks you down better, a bouncer foam and a more fitted heel the Hoka One One Clifton 8 is a go-to for the Neutral Runner spending miles on the pavement.



Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

Shoe - Our favourites in each category this Season!

Saucony has been consistently producing top-end speed shoes for a while now and the update to the popular Endorphin Speed follows suit. The Midsole is just the right amount of soft and bouncy, the toe spring and roll off the front is just right. Saucony has done a great job with this shoe and it showed. The first lot selling out before they had hit the shop floor.


Pure Racer

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

Shoe - Our favourites in each category this Season!

This was not an easy choice, with New Balance making leaps forward in the RCv2 and Asics MetaSpeed Sky being such a hit. But if we are talking all-around racer from 5k to the Marathon I would go this way. No question Saucony got this right and I expect to see it on many people feet in the road season ahead.


Trail Running

Salomon Sense Ride 4

Shoe - Our favourites in each category this Season!

For its all-around versatility on the surfaces, Christchurch running offers the Salomon Sense Ride 4 takes top honours this time round. But our trail wall is filling up with great new options from Scott, Inov-8, Hoka and Asics. Being very dependant on where you want to take them it's hard to pinpoint the best one.


July 26, 2021 — Oska Baynes

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