Best trainers for running and gym?

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
Hi Guys


Just looking for a little advice, I had a decent pair of Nike trainers which I got from New York which have totally gone now but lasted a decent amount of time, I am trying to get good trainers but not too expensive, I do a lot of morning running(about 10-15km, 1hr ish) and also use the gym for Hiit running, cycling, rowing and weights etc, I got a pair of trainers from Primark which are dreadfull, when I run outdoor if you stand on a stone it feels like your walking on glass, I also got a decent ish pair or trainers from sports direct but when I go on the treadmill in the gym when I am running its very noicey like a stamping noice as there quite solid at the bottom, does anyone know somewhere or a goof trainers that's good for running and not noicey on the treadmill but not too expensive?


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  • AmberStripesAmberStripes Forumite
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    For running trainers I always go for Asics or Saucony. They are are specialist running shoes and often cheaper than the likes of Nike and Adidas which are more fashion than running.

    I would get a separate pair of cross training shoes for the gym.

    Keep your running shoes for running only and never put them in the washing machine.
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  • lotte8lotte8 Forumite
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    Easiest answer is go to a shop pick out some trainers that fit your price range and then pick the ones that are most comfortable.
    Alternatively go to a specialised running shop and have them check your running style, tell them your budget and they will help you out.
    What is comfortable for 1 is not for the other. My preference is short distance Nike free 3.0, longer distance Adidas boston's. When I first started out running many years back you would need a crowbar to get me out of Nike Pegasus. One of my running partners runs in cheap Adidas duramo she refuses to wear anything else.
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    For running trainers I always go for Asics or Saucony. They are are specialist running shoes and often cheaper than the likes of Nike and Adidas which are more fashion than running.

    I would get a separate pair of cross training shoes for the gym.

    Keep your running shoes for running only and never put them in the washing machine.

    Sorry but what are "cross training shoes"?
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    Also depends on what you mean by not too expensive. My local running shop starts at about £90, which they said wasn't necessary for the amount of running I was doing.
    I headed off to an independent general sports wear shop and just tried various trainers on. The really cheap ones didn't feel cushioned enough so I ended up with a new balance pair that I preferred to the asics.
    You possibly need to try a few different ones on to see what suits.
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  • Metranil_VavinMetranil_Vavin Forumite
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    I run in Saucony and think they are excellent. Light and very breathable.
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  • I've heard good things about Saucony as Metranil mentioned.

    I've previously had Nikes and they were great but they don't sell replacement insoles which I'm not a fan of.

    Check out the Trespass site, they have running shoes between £20-£30 which have gotten good reviews as well.

    Good luck!
  • fred246fred246 Forumite
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    I have been wearing Asics GT trainers for years and really love them. Asics GEL in soles, much preferable to the Nike AIR I had previously. Nicely cushioned. NOT waterproof at all, maybe all running shoes are like that. Uppers are just mesh. I like them for general walking around as they are so comfortable. Only thing you can't do is change direction quickly. I once tried to play squash in them - totally useless.
  • ktcoilktcoil Forumite
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    Thanks guys the asics gel sounds good looked and they have them for £100 in sports direct, I just don't them to be pound when running the treadmill as I bored a pair of trainers once from my brother and they were so loud I didn't carry on running, the ones I got now are quite but on there last legs and terrible laces so wanted something different that would last and not noisey.
  • Kathy535Kathy535 Forumite
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    I've started running in my 15yr old trainers and found increasing amounts of hip, calf, shin and foot pain. I swallowed my reluctance to pay more than £15 for trainers and went to a specialist shop who recommended Saucony - I'm amazed by the difference, it's been well worth the money. I also tried on a pair of Aasics and Brooks and they felt good too.
    Know that I know the type of trainers I need to fit my running style I would probably buy them off Amazon, for neutral trainers you can pick up a apir for under £30 presumably because they are previous seasons.
  • jenniewbjenniewb Forumite
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    OP if you can visit a proper trainer/sportswear store (Runners Need are one place that do this, there are others; they can normally be spotted by the treadmill in the shop). They can test your running and see if you need any support and suggest the best trainers for you and you can test them out in the store on the treadmill.


    It's not cheap but the prices tend to not be as sky high as say for example the latest design collaboration with Nike or Adidas. And they may last a bit longer too.


    Failing that, if you are into any specialised types of running (eg barefoot type running or similar) you may be able to find discounts on trainers in the sale -most online trainer stores seem to have them at the moment and a few of the fashion brands too (Office, Schuh..etc) but make sure you know what you're buying is suitable for running. Vans may look cute Converse may look trendy but IMO they are rubbish for running in!


    If you are prepared to get second hand trainers you could try Ebay, some people will sell trainers only after a few uses but a bit of advice; trainer rubber soles will harden over time. It's a natural side effect of getting very soft shoes. The soles will never become hard and brittle enough to shatter (although some will split and crack or crease) but there's no point paying more or even the same amount than you'd spend in a shop if you are getting trainers which have aged to the point where they're not so good any more. Try to get trainers which were made fairly recently to reduce the effect of hardened soles.


    Personally? I wear Nike Frees because I find them really comfortable and they fit my feet well. I wait for the sale, don't always get what I want but if I know something works for me I'll rebuy rather than finding I need to buy something else because my trainers have not worked out and caused me blisters. I'll generally buy something different each time I buy but with trainers and shoes I do tend to stick with the same brands because having painful feet can really affect the rest of your body if you end up limping for example and then find your knees have started to hurt because you've been limping and then your back has gone because your unable to lean on your knees without pain and then your stressed because your body is in pain...!! I think it's very important to find footwear for whatever the reason that feels comfortable whatever you are wearing it for so even if you're buying second hand from ebay or wherever, make sure you've tried on a version in the shops for size and comfort first.
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