Best Road Racing Shoes: January 2019

Give yourself a fair advantage in your races with this season's most impressive racing flats. Lighter and faster than ordinary trainers and designed to give you maximum energy return, a racing shoe will help you shave seconds or even minutes off your PB. Racing shoes are also great as a less cumbersome option for fast, up tempo training runs.

If you can, come into one of our stores for a personalised shoe fitting to make sure you're getting the best, most comfortable racing shoe for your footstrike.

Here is a selection of what we have to offer at Run and Become:

(Weights quoted are for a size 8 UK men's shoe and a size 6 UK women's shoe)


Lightest Weight Racers

Featherweight and snappy for a supersonic pace:

  • Saucony Type A: Ultralightweight at 167g, the Type A has a thin and flexible SSL EVA midsole to absorb shock and spring you forwards towards the finish line. The wet grip rubber outsole reduces the risk of slipping on wet race days or at water stations. An engineered mesh upper with lightweight Flexfilm overlays holds the foot comfortably and promotes breathability. Great for short races like 5 or 10K but they may not have enough cushioning for longer distances unless you’re an elite runner.

Best Racers for Support

No racing shoe will give much anti-pronation control because it adds too much weight but if you’re an overpronator and you want a touch of guidance, consider these racers:

  • Saucony Fastwitch: Focused on speed, the Fastwitch has been a staple of the racing market for many years. Its responsive SSL EVA midsole absorbs impact without slowing you down and a firmer density support piece on the inside gives an element of pronation control. Built on a 4mm drop for a balanced ride without too much extra material at the heel. Weighs in at 183g
  • Brooks Asteria: A little bit heavier at 235g, the Asteria’s BioMogo DNA midsole offers good cushioning for longer races or speed training. A Guide Rail system in the heel offers some pronation support and a midfoot transition zone moves you from heel to forefoot as quickly as possible. Propulsion pods in the forefoot are there to transform effort into speed so you can fly through every mile.

Best Cushioned, Neutral Racers

Longer races (beyond 10KM) or extended speed sessions will require a racing shoe with a bit of extra cushioning.

  • Brooks Hyperion: Speedy yet soft, at 221g for men and 153g for women, the Brooks Hyperion’s BioMogo DNA midsole offers plenty of impact protection. A specially designed midfoot transition zone creates snappy transitions to help you accelerate to your maximum speed. They’ve made the upper as smooth and comfortable as possible in case you want to leave your socks at home. It’s a super-soft one-piece stretch woven material with laser cut holes for breathability. Good ground contact from the outsole ensures grip in wet conditions.
  • Adidas Adios: Adios is Adidas' iconic super-quick racing flat which has won more international marathons than you can shake a stick at. Boost cushioning in the midsole gives you plenty of springback and doesn't alter its properties in extreme temperatures like EVA does. Sticky continental rubber on the outsole helps you keep your footing in the rain or as you run over wet pavements at water stations. Even in the dry it saves you valuable seconds by reducing backwards slipping as you toe off. Enough cushioning for longer races or faster training sessions. Weighs in at 226g.

Wishing you many enjoyable races and personal bests this season!

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  • Johan GeldenhuysJune 3, 2013 at 7:51am
    Need some advice on the very light New Balance 90g RC 5000 racer shoe. Want to buy it because its so light. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 3, 2013 at 10:28am
      Hi Johan,
      The RC5000 is certainly very light but not really advised for anything above 5K. Also £90 we thought it was a bit too expensive for a racing flat so we aren't stocking it this year. Reply
  • hadekhaJune 11, 2014 at 4:47am
    The lightest weight racers is mizuno wave universe 5, the weight is only 2.8 oz ( About 78 gr) sorry for my bad english Reply
  • NickiFebruary 20, 2016 at 10:51pm
    I want a fast, lightweight, responsive, trainer for my Marathon. I am a slight over pronator. What's the best shoe? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveFebruary 22, 2016 at 10:07am

      Hi Nicki,

      I'd maybe consider the Saucony Fastwitch, Asics DS Racer or Brooks ST5. The ST5 is probably the most supportive but the other 2 have a bit more cushioning, which might be good over a marathon distance.

      If you want something a bit more cushioned and substantial, you could think about the DS Trainer

      Best of luck.
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • will simmMarch 31, 2016 at 9:27pm
    Hi, I'm currenty in the market for some new road racing shoes. I've done a lot of research and as I'm sure your aware, there is a lot of choice! I think I narrowed it down to 3 pairs. The saucony A6, the Saucony endorphin racer, and the Nike zoom streak lt 3. I was wondering if ypu could guid me to the best pair of shoes from the list i gave you, or recommend a different pair. I normally run 3k- 5k on the road, with some 10k's, and have a midget/forefoot running style.
    Thank you
    Will simm Reply
    • BhashiniApril 4, 2016 at 10:29am

      Hi Will,

      I'd try the Saucony Type A – it's really light and flexible so perfect for the distances you're doing and a 4mm offset generally works well for a midfoot/forefoot striker.
      Best of luck,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • norahMay 8, 2016 at 3:39pm
    Hi, looking for a racing flat for the roads from 10k to marathon. Just coming back from a heel spur and are using the nike lunar glides. any advice! Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMay 10, 2016 at 1:01pm

      Hi Norah,
      You could try the Brooks T7 Racer or the Mizuno women's Hitogami? They're both good for 10K type distances and quite soft around the heel collar.
      Best of luck,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • MattMay 25, 2016 at 10:56am
    Hi Bhashini, I've come from trail racing wearing Salomon Speedcross 3s and now looking to race on road over 10k and 1/2 marathon distances. Can you recommend a good couple of options? Looking for Light, supportive and more towards the forefoot/midfoot strike. Thanks, Matt Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMay 25, 2016 at 5:30pm

      Hi Matt,

      If you're looking for something supportive with a bit more cushioning for half marathon type distances, I'd maybe consider the Asics DS Racer or the Saucony Fastwitch.

      They're similar in weight, the DS Racer will probably be a bit slimmer in fit but the Fastwitch is built on a 4mm drop which favours a midfoot/forefoot striker a little better.

      Best of luck with it,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • stephenJuly 5, 2016 at 1:49pm
    Hi,

    Im looking for a replacement to my wave hitogami's. I wear custom orthotics which makes me perfect neutral. I like the lightweight feel of my hitogami's but i would like a bit more cushioning on the forefoot without compromising on weight. I run mostly 5-10k's with the odd half marathon thrown in....can you recommend some options Reply
    • BhashiniJuly 5, 2016 at 3:02pm

      Hi Stephen,

      What about the Brooks Hyperion or the Adidas Adios. They're both neutral and they'd give you a bit more bouncy cushioning in the forefoot.

      Best of luck,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Mariann TulliusJuly 25, 2016 at 1:43am
    Best Racer for a Wide Foot: you say it's the Mizuno Hitogami 3. I have the Hitogami 2 and it is EXTREMELY narrow in the forefoot, so much so that I get blisters over 5 miles. (And no other shoe gives me blisters). Perhaps the "3" version has changed a bit, but it still looks pretty narrow to me... Mizuno is known for hard soles and a narrow fit. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 20, 2016 at 2:47pm

      Hi Mariann,

      Sorry to hear that. It's hard to find wider fitting racing shoes because they're designed to be close fitting to give a secure feeling with faster running. Of the racers we currently have in stock, the Hitogami 3 is the widest.

      Bhashini

      Reply
  • JeremySeptember 14, 2016 at 4:02pm
    Hi there,

    I'm running a marathon relatively soon in an attempt to qualify for Boston. I ran division 1 cross country, and we trained in primarily Adidas, and the road-race shoe that im most familiar with is the Adios, however I have never worn the Adios boost. I am looking for any recommendations of a shoe that you believe is similar and comparable to the Adios, or do you think that the Adios would be my best bet to race the marathon in?

    Thanks! Reply
    • BhashiniSeptember 14, 2016 at 5:44pm

      Hi Jeremy,

      I would guess that the Adios Boost would be a good bet but the Boost cushioning is a lot more springy than the EVA in the original Adios so you'd need to give yourself time to get used to it.

      Otherwise the Mizuno Hitogami is a bit firmer underfoot like the old Adios. Or you could think about the Brooks Hyperion.

      Hope you get the qualifying time.

      Best of luck,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Sharon AdrianSeptember 18, 2016 at 2:22am
    My daughter currently wears the Saucony Omni 15 to train for XC with no problems. When running races she has trouble with her ankles turning ( she feels like she is tripping going down hills) when she wears her XC spikes. I'm trying to find a racing flat with more support to correct this problem. Which of the above shoes in "the Best Racers for Support" section would you recommend for XC races?

    Thanks,

    Sharon Reply
    • Bhashini NeveSeptember 20, 2016 at 2:52pm

      Hi Sharon,

      It's a bit tricky because they're all really designed for road racing rather than XC but if she's okay with the Omni 15 – which is also a road shoe – then maybe the Fastwitch would work. Its Powertrac outsole is made to be grippy in the wet. Or the DS Racer, which will give good cushioning and support, but the magic sole is perforated so she might get wet socks!

      Best of luck,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Alan HinchcliffeOctober 19, 2016 at 12:07pm
    There is so much choice nowadays and this makes trying to find the right shoe really difficult.Im looking for a racing flat for doing up to half marathon distance.Im a neutral runner but need a wide toe box.My previous shoes have been the MIzuno ekiden 9 and HItogami 3.Can you help ? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveOctober 19, 2016 at 3:37pm

      Hi Alan,

      You could try the Brooks Hyperion or the Saucony Type A. They're both neutral and good for distances up to half marathon. Hopefully they'll be wide enough in the toe box although most racing flats come up fairly narrow.

      Best of luck with your running,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Gideon MakofaneNovember 25, 2016 at 10:41am
    Hi Bhashini

    Thanks for your advice about the running shoes, I have just open a specialized running shop 3 months ago, i find your advice very helpful for me and my clients who does not have a clue about running shoes.
    Your advice it's very much appreciated.


    Gideon(Owner of TSHWANE RUNNING SHOP)

    Reply
    • Bhashini NeveNovember 28, 2016 at 12:29pm
      Hi Gideon,

      Glad it was useful.
      Best of luck with your running shop. Hope it's a great success!

      All the best

      Bhashini Reply
  • DianaJanuary 23, 2017 at 3:18pm
    Hi Bhasini,

    My daughter is 13yo and is a sprinter. She runs the 200-400 meter dash (indoor season now but also outdoor) I'm hesitant to start her in spikes but she runs competitively and most other girls use them. Someone suggested using a good road racing flat instead. What would you recommend getting her?

    Thanks,
    Diana
    Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJanuary 24, 2017 at 10:51am

      Hi Diana,
      You could perhaps try the women's Mizuno Hitogami or the Nike Speed Rival.

      But if all her friends are in spikes, maybe you could consider a distance spike which would give her a bit more cushioning underfoot than a sprint spike and when she's running outside, she'd be getting a bit more grip on a rainy day when the tartan is wet. Something like the Nike Zoom Rival D or the Adidas Distancestar.

      Wishing your daughter all the best this season,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • SandeepFebruary 14, 2017 at 11:02pm
    Hi there, have been using Nike FREE Run (3.0, 4.0 & 5.0) over the last 5 years or so, and, suddenly I am not able to get these anywhere. Nike has pulled it off production. Are there any other models out there (Nike or otherwise) that I can rely on that has a similar build, structure (minimal cushioning) and weight? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveFebruary 15, 2017 at 12:19pm

      Hi Sandeep,

      You could try the Nike Free RN Distance. It's a 4mm drop which is a bit lower than the Free RN (I think that one was an 8mm drop) with a bit more cushioning.

      Or the Brooks PureFlow 6 has a similar kind of lightweight cushioned but minimal midsole with plenty of flexibility.

      Best of luck with your running,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Mark ReadingMarch 13, 2017 at 8:32am
    Hi Bhashini,

    I currently run in a combination of Nimbus 16's, Vomero 10's and Pegasus 31's. All these shoes are over 290g. I'm looking for something with a 10mm drop, lighter - and with decent cushioning. Does the Hitogami 4 fit the bill?

    Thanks

    Mark Reply
    • Bhashini NeveMarch 13, 2017 at 1:10pm
      Hi Mark,

      The Hitogami is definitely a lovely light weight shoe. The other option I'd suggest would be the Hyperion which has a 10mm offset. As you are used to a softer feel to your cushioning, you may find the Brooks cusioning a little more similar to the brands you are used to. But it's always best to try a couple on the feet, to see what's best for you.

      Best of luck,
      Bhashini Reply
      • MarkMarch 28, 2017 at 2:08pm
        Thanks Bhashini. That's really helpful. How do the Hyperion fit size wise? I'll order pair from your goodselves. They look fast! ;)

        Mark Reply
        • Bhashini NeveMarch 28, 2017 at 2:40pm
          Hi Mark,
          My colleagues on the shop floor say they're fairly standard sized but you may need a half size bigger than your usual running shoe size as like many racers, they're a bit on the narrow side.
          Happy racing :)
          Bhashini Reply
  • StevenApril 26, 2017 at 9:57pm
    Hi,

    I have used only Nike Pegasus from 30 to 33. I have complete three marathons and keep getting quicker. I want to focus on speed work over the summer (something I've neglected over the years).

    Im looking at the Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 shoe - does that sound like a good fit? any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Ste Reply
    • Bhashini NeveApril 27, 2017 at 4:14pm

      Hi Steve,

      That sounds like a good idea. The Nike Zoom Elite at around 225g is a bit lighter than the Pegasus, which is around 300g. If you wanted an alternative you could consider the Saucony Kinvara, which is a similar weight with a slightly lower heel drop and good enough cushioning for long distance. We often find that runners who like Nike shoes also get on with Saucony.

      Best of luck with it,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • SamanthaJune 3, 2017 at 7:34pm
    Hi.
    I run in 4mm drop lightweight shoes . I roll out rather than in. Struggle to find shoes now companies have seemed to drop their light weight minimal shoes. I've ran in inov 8 road extreme 220 and Asia 33 dfa 2 For long distance anything higher or spongier plays my knees up such as inov8 road talon and saucony kinvara. Off road I get on with Brooks pure grit the last version not the new which is reviewed badly. Many shoes and alot of knee trouble. Help! Think my next option is racers . Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 6, 2017 at 12:07pm

      Hi Samantha,
      What about the Brooks PureFlow? It's a 4mm drop, closer to the ground than the Kinvara although the stack height is probably a little bit higher than the Inov8 and Asics shoes you're used to.
      Otherwise, as you say, the next step would be a racing shoe because there's not so much available in minimal lightweight shoes any more.
      All the best
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • LeeAugust 2, 2017 at 11:24am
    Hi, I've been running for a few years now and mainly stayed for the last few years with the Adidas glide boost model series up to number 7. This year I've moved to the Pegasus 33 which have have been great but I would like to try a faster lighter shoe. I narrowed my choices to the Adidas adizero adios 3 or the Nike zoom elite 9. Will wear mainly for races between 5k and half marathons but if they feel good then they will be a marathon shoe as well. I've read the the durability of the soles on both are not what should be expected, do you have any advice and am I ruling out any other options?? Thank you in advance!! (I'm UK based). Reply
    • Bhashini NeveAugust 2, 2017 at 5:56pm
      Hi Lee,
      They sound like good choices - similar to what you've been using for training but a bit lighter and faster. to be honest, I'd say the outsoles on most of the lighter faster shoes will wear down more quickly than other road running shoes because they use different rubber compounds in order to keep the weight down.
      The other one I'd consider would be the Brooks Hyperion - it's a similar weight, the cushioning is good and the upper is nice and sleek.
      Best of luck with your racing,
      Bhashini Reply
  • les boggsNovember 22, 2017 at 6:29pm
    Do the Hyperion have propulsion pods? Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJanuary 4, 2018 at 10:20am
      Hi Les,
      Sorry, I missed this comment. Yes, Hyperion has propulsion pods on the forefoot.
      All the best,
      Bhashini Reply
  • JohnJanuary 29, 2018 at 9:42am
    Hi Bhashini,

    Following a gait analysis I was advised to purchase a pair of Brooks Raveena for road running, but I always found these to be a bit tight (I wear wide-fitting work shoes). I now need some new running shoes and am considering the wider fitting Brooks Ghost 102E. Would this be a sensible purchase?

    Best regards,
    John. Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJanuary 30, 2018 at 11:36am

      Hi John,

      The Ghost 2E will certainly be wider but it won't give you the same support if you overpronate. The new Ravenna 9 is coming up a bit wider than the previous versions.

      Otherwise you could try the GTS 2E, which is more supportive but a bit heavier and less springy than Ravenna.

      Wide fitting supportive options outside Brooks include Asics GT-2000 and New Balance 860 2E.

      Best of luck,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Hosein MoghaddasJune 12, 2018 at 12:58pm
    Hi Bhashini, any advice on a shoe for a heavy bloke, pronator, needs max drop because of Achilles issues and, oh yes, it for a marathon :) Reply
    • Bhashini NeveJune 14, 2018 at 4:38pm

      Hi Hosein,
      You could try Adios at a 10mm drop with lots of cushioning, or maybe DS Trainer, 10mm again but a bit more cushioning and stability. Best to come in to one of our stores if you can and try a few options. You may be better with a lightweight training shoe rather than a racer - you'd get a higher drop and a bit more cushioning.
      Best of luck with your racing,
      Bhashini

      Reply
  • Elspeth BurtonJune 27, 2018 at 5:33pm
    Hi
    My 16 year old son does triathlons. His current race distance is 5km, and his maximum training run is probably 10km. Most of his races are on road, but he trains on various surfaces. His last 3 pairs of racing shoes have been Sketchers Go MEB 4s. He really likes them, but I'm finding them difficult to get. He also likes them so much that he races, trains, goes to shops, anything in them, so they get wrecked pretty quickly! Looking for a similar (or lighter) alternative (which I will try to keep good for race days)! Do you have any suggestions? Am planning to bring him to shop in Edinburgh tomorrow afternoon to have a look.

    Thanks
    Reply
    • Adrian Tarit StottJune 28, 2018 at 5:34pm

      Elspeth,

      Your store visit pre-empts my reply! In the interest of others who read this thread though...

      Lightest we have are the Brooks Hyperion – light and very flexible, great for short intervals, track sessions or tempo runs. The Hyperion is not really designed for consistent mileage. On Cloud has become popular with the tri scene.

      Good luck to your son in his triathlons too.

      Reply
  • VenetiaDecember 27, 2018 at 2:44pm
    Hi there
    I am looking for a new pair of road running trainers, I have mileage in my current pair so am just looking for another pair to alternate with, perhaps with a pair of racers. I am currently wearing Brooks Ghost 10, and have usually gone for a more cushioned neutral shoe before. What would you recommend?
    Thanks
    Venetia Reply
    • Nandanti MartaskovaDecember 28, 2018 at 1:10pm

      Hi Venetia,
      Regarding the new pair of racing shoes for you it depends for what kind of distance you want to use them. If you want them for a marathon and shorter distances you could go for Adidas Adios (226g). Adidas Adios is a racing shoe but it can be used for a marathon as well as for shorter runs (5km, 10km, half marathon etc.). If you would like a very light weight pair for 5km or 10km runs you can chose in between super lightweight shoes like Brooks Hyperion (153g, narrow fit) or Saucony Type A (167g, wider fit).
      Thank you,
      Nandanti

      Reply
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