It’s been another exciting year in the running world, full of innovative new shoes designed to not only enhance your performance but deliver unrivalled comfort and support so you can train and compete to your best over any distance.
As we reach the end of the year, it’s that time when we look back at what exactly 2013 brought to your feet. In particular we are focusing on two particular running shoes, the adidas Energy Boost and Nike Pegasus+ 30, which were recently celebrated by Runner’s World as being among their ‘Greatest Shoes in the World’.
An entirely new arrival in 2013, the adidas Boost Energy immediately took the running world by storm and certainly lived up to all the hype. With adidas claiming that its new midsole material would offer ‘industry-leading energy return’, they dispatched of the traditional EVA foam and replaced it with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material. More common in BMW vehicles, thousands of small plastic pebbles are fused with steam and pressure to create the cushioning for a single shoe.
Call it what you like but the general consensus was that of being springy, bouncy, cushioned and an evolution in the running world. Not content with this overhaul however, adidas set about creating an all-round great performer with a number of other quality features. The lightweight seamless upper is supported by Techfit material to deliver a more secure feel as it wraps around your foot whilst synthetic overlays also enhance the fit and strength of the upper without compromising the overall weight (266g, UK size 8).
As a further enhancement to these adidas running shoes and your training, they are also compatible with the adidas miCoach chip which fits discreetly beneath the inner sole. Your shoes now have the ability to report back on all your progress in training and on race day including statistics such as distance, speed and calories. These are all recorded and can be monitored by simply connecting the miCoach chip to your PC or iPhone. There’s nowhere to hide now as your every run is monitored.
At the other end of the running spectrum and the Nike Pegasus spans three decades and is quite simply a tried and tested classic acknowledged by athletes around the world.
Offering up comfort and a cushioned ride, the Pegasus complements those of a natural tendency in their running gait. The breathable mesh upper also features strategically placed overlays for added support whilst the full-length cushion foam along the midsole provides excellent forefoot flexibility.
In keeping with Nike’s environmental credentials, the solid rubber sole features a waffle-like design for durable traction. As an added feature, rubber grips are also incorporated into the sole to aid cushioning and absorb shock impact.
To help track your running, these running shoes are compatible with Nike+. Simply place the Nike+ Sensor under the sockliner of your left Nike+ ready shoe and start running to sync it with your Nike+ SportWatch GPS, iPhone or other Nike+ tracking device. The sensor measures your pace, distance, time elapsed and calories burned. This information is transmitted wirelessly to your Nike+ tracking device for real-time feedback while you train.
Available in a variety of striking colours, there is a design to suit every runner to help inspire you to a PB.
So there you have it, two of the top running shoes but don’t just take our word for it though as the team at Runner’s World go into more detail on the link below.
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