Choosing the right pair of running shoes is no longer such a straightforward matter. In fact, a lot of discussions about finding the right workout shoes take the tone that we should find shoes that work for us, or won’t hurt us — as if “adequate” is the best we can do. But the truth is there are some running shoes that are genuinely a pleasure to run in, so long as you find the right fit.
Adidas Ultraboost 20
This version of the successful Ultraboost line comes with an elegant mesh and simple stripes on the side, making it a fashionable but performance-oriented running shoe. It also shows the signature boost pattern on the side of the midsole.
The Adidas Ultraboost 20 has a Primeknit body that will hold your feet in place while providing the necessary ventilation, offering a smooth and comfortable run. The series, however, is best known for its “booster” capabilities, which will make you easily gain speed, making your runs more enjoyable.
The futuristic-looking model has a body made of different types of mesh, accompanied by a hard base for the ankle. Its sole is divided into what the Swiss company calls “pods”, which are designed to cushion the horizontal impact that takes place while running.
The name comes from the feeling runners experience after the impact, when these pods release the compressed energy, lifting the athlete. The experience of using the On Cloudflyer could be described as bouncy or running over clouds, something that will surely make your runs a lot more fun.
Nike ZoomX Streakfly
Nike has released a couple of excellent running shoes for those training or participating in marathons. However, the company has recently realized there’s a market for experienced runners looking for a model that would support them during their shorter daily runs.
Nike’s ZoomX Streakfly is engineered for runners racing over shorter distances (5k or 10k) as it uses Nike's proprietary technology ZoomX. As a result, the shoe provides enough cushioning for long runs, while preserving the energy of any step, and releasing it for a more powerful stride. It's also surprisingly light for a shoe designed to endure extended outdoor runs.
Nike Vaporfly Next% V2
Running can be a very relaxing experience. As your body becomes stronger though, you may find yourself enjoying a sprint from time to time. And while most running shoes are designed to help the runner achieve higher speeds, no model has been as successful at this as the Vaporfly.
This model uses a carbon fiber plate that bends with each step, only to release this energy back for the runner to propel their body forward. The Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 can be extremely fun in that way, but those new to the model might need some time to get used to it. Its design provides a powerful boost, but the same technology makes the pair feel a little wobbly the first time you put it on.
Vivobarefoot Geo Racer 2
If you are looking for a truly unique experience, then look no further than the Geo Racer 2. While most running shoes focus on providing the highest level of cushioning, this model purposely uses a particularly thin sole to allow the user to feel more details of the ground.
As you may have guessed, the Vivobarefoot Geo Racer 2 is designed for natural settings. In fact, the pair takes the experience to another level as it's made of sustainable materials. Despite its thin sole, the pair will protect your feet from tough terrains. A perfect alternative if you are planning to try more nature-oriented routes.
Despite what people might think, running can be a very fun experience. But whether you choose to run across woods, or through a more urban setting, there are models specially designed to make your daily run not just memorable, but deeply rewarding.