If you’re serious about staying fit and active, then you need the right shoes to help you do it. Whether you love to run on the open run, enjoy sweating it out on the gym floor, or love to lift, the best workouts shoes are ones that will offer you improved grip and support so you can work out safely and effectively.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of trainers, then you’re in luck as we’re rounding up the best of the best new running and gym shoes to hit South Africa this year. Here are picks for the 5 best new running and training shoes for men and women in South Africa.
Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4
The Uner Armour HOVR Sonic has been a no-brainer for runners who like distance but want more flexibility. And now, with the help of technology and real-time Form Coaching from UA MapMyRun, the UA HOVR Sonic 4 running shoes also help you become a better runner. With these shoes you can connect to the UA MapMyRun app to track and analyse your running metrics and improve your running to reach your goals.
While you run Under Armour’s HOVR technology provides a ‘zero gravity feel’, resulting in greater energy return that helps reduce impact. The shoe’s compression mesh Energy Web contains UA HOVR foam to give back the energy you put in, while the lightweight engineered mesh upper offers excellent breathability while you run. The tongue is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot and a removable sock liner moulds to the foot for customised comfort and cushioning. The shoe boasts a one-piece heel construction with external TPU heel counter for additional support and structure. Blown rubber under the forefoot and high-abrasion rubber under the heel help absorb ground contact and provide excellent grip on the road.
Puma Deviate Nitro
The Deviate Nitro is Puma’s performance running shoe, built for speed and an effortless run. The Deviate Nitro has two layers of Puma’s new Nitro foam, and the new Innoplate technology, offering max cushioning with improved efficiency for long runs. The Deviate Nitro is meant for a runner who is looking for more cushioning for high mileage and marathons.
These ultralight shoes are ideal for anyone who likes the feeling of having a little extra spring in their step while they run. To add further support to the ultra-lightweight shoes, a carbon fibre plate, known as the ‘Innoplate’, is also inserted into the sole, giving a lot more stability while still remaining responsive and durable. The ‘Innoplate’ also acts as a lever to propel you forward with each toe-off, ensuring maximum energy efficiency over distance. Lastly, a PumaGrip outsole, made from a durable rubber compound, means you don’t have to worry about slipping when you put your foot down.
Adidas Ultraboost 21
This latest iteration of Adidas’ popular Ultraboost running shoes offers a fresh update that runners are sure to love. To create the Ultraboost 21, Adidas worked closely with the Adidas running community and testers to create the new silhouette, which reimagines the original Ultraboost to deliver a bold new design combined with the latest in performance technology.
According to Adidas, the core development in Ultraboost 21 is the redesign of the shoe’s torsion system. The new Adidas LEP (‘Linear Energy Push’) provides a 15% increase in forefoot bending stiffness for a more responsive stride. This works alongside Adidas’ proprietary midsole Boost technology, which packs in 6% more Boost through an exaggerated heel curve, providing runners with incredible energy return and comfort in every step. With Primeknit+ runners get a more precise knit designed and forged for incredible support and enhanced movement, combining pure comfort with lightweight performance. The shoe’s upper is made with Primeblue, a high-performance recycled material containing at least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic. The result is a lightweight shoe that is ultra-comfortable. There’s no need to break in these shoes, just slip them on and run.
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Under Armour Tribase Reign 3
For this updated version of the TriBase training shoe, Under Armour took the stable, triangular base of UA TriBase and added a larger external heel counter, more rubber traction in a sawtooth pattern and a stretchy, knitted upper to lock you in. With greater grip and durability, all you’ll see is gains.
The shoe’s TriBase maximises ground contact to promote natural motion and provide flexibility to grip during lifts while the larger external heel counter and collar height work to provide increased stability and heel lock-in. Engineered zonal flex and traction in the forefoot allows for greater mobility and added grip during workouts while the full-length Micro G foam midsole provides responsive cushioning.
Puma’s first specially-designed cross-training shoe, the Fuse is designed to help bring stability, durability, and performance-boosting elements to your workouts.
Optimised for strength and functional exercises, the Puma Fuse offers some unique features you’ll be hard-pressed to find in any other gym training shoe. A four-millimetre drop on the heel, tends to put wearers in a somewhat forward-leaning position. This lower heel rise keeps you on your toes, but also stable enough to handle more dynamic movements. Furthermore, the two-box is notably wider, allowing you to utilise your forefoot for control and steadiness, rather than your toes being bunched into a narrow edge. This additional space (while subtle) does allow you to have more freedom of movement, while still having solid lockdown in your midfoot and heel.
The internal midsole also features a bit more shock-absorbing rubber than your run-of-the-mill running shoe, which helps take some of the strain off during heavily-weighted workouts or jumping exercises. If you’ve already got a pair of lightweight running shoes in the cupboard, but feel they’re not quite the right fit for a serious workout session, then the Puma Fuse will serve as a great compliment to your fitness arsenal.
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