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Running on your mind for 2021? We checked out everything that’s on offer right now and here are the six best running shoes we found.

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If one thing is certain in 2021, it is the need to be healthy and fit. With 2020 shedding a stronger light on the need to focus on both mental and physical wellness, more and more people are trying to embrace the idea holistically. For runners or people who want to run, that means finding the right shoes.

Running, while being a fantastic cardio workout, comes with its own set of challenges, the top-most among them being injury. The knees are the most vulnerable, with the ankles and calf muscles requiring the same amount of attention. Running is a workout that requires careful consideration and the right gear.

Keeping this in mind, fitness brands have been innovating to create shoes that give runners the right kind of support — responsive midsoles, perfect cushioning, well-designed outsoles, and fits that envelope the feet the right away. Add to that the aspect of eco-friendly materials, and you have sneakers that not just protect you, but the environment as well. From international labels to homegrown brands, there are quite a few sneakers that you can pick from. However, to make your life easier, we have zeroed in on six best running shoes to fit every budget and requirement.

1
Reebok Floatride Grow

We’re already huge fans of Reebok’s classic kicks for dailywear, but when it come to running shoes, these guys pack in a lot of heft into the Floatride Grow. This is a plant-based shoe, specifically designed for runners, and is a version of the hugely popular Forever Floatride Energy 2. Its responsive midsole, made from sustainable castor beans, is a key feature because it ensures overall lightness and extreme cushioning that we saw in the Forever Floatride Energy 2. What’s also cool is the biodegradable upper, made from the eucalyptus tree. Most importantly, the natural rubber outsole is sourced from real rubber trees as opposed to the petroleum-based rubber in other performance products, making it even more durable and functional as a running shoe.
Price: Rs 12,999

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FILA RGB

The iconic Italian brand’s signature running trainers, RGB, are based on the FILA’s Performance System, developed by the brand in Korea. While FILA is a fashion-heavy brand, products from this line are purely for performance and this pair of running shoes caught our attention.

The RGBs are designed for functional training or a light run outdoors. Keeping the fashion angle in mind, these feature jacquard knit uppers, which secure the foot well. The lace-less shoe has a rotatable clasp, which fastens the shoe and adapts to your foot shape. Most importantly, the sole is extremely soft and absorbs the shocks of running quite effortlessly.
Price: Rs 9,999

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ASICS Performance Style GT-2000 9

This cult product has been the preferred shoe of runners for three decades. Now in it ninth and latest avatar, it is just what you need if you are a serious runner. We have always been fans of ASICS trainers for their top-notch cushioning but this one works particularly well in wet conditions. It features a one-piece upper, which fits snugly and secures the top part of the foot. There is a signature foam insole, which enhances overall comfort, while the GEL technology is ideal for shock absorption, reducing the chances of leg or knee injuries, especially in high intensity sports.
Price: Rs 11,999

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Nike React Infinity Run 2

For all the Nike fans out there, the brand’s latest drop in the running category boasts some impressive credentials. The Nike React Infinity Run 2 promises to reduce running injuries with effective design and construction, focusing on cushioning, stability, and geometry. We absolutely love the signature Flyknit upper to provide that extra support, and a few extra cables have been added to increase support with a nice springy feel at the sole. There is an overall plush vibe to the shoe and it is super light. The midsole is made with Nike’s signature ZoomX foam, suited for long runs, so all the marathoners reading this, will want to take notes.
Price: Rs 14,495

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5
Adidas Ultraboost 21

If you’re an Adidas Ultraboost lover, the latest version — the 21 — is completely drool-worthy. From the brand’s most successful running variant, this pair of kicks promises more boost and the latest technology in running shoes. Not only does the Ultraboost 21 give incredible energy return but it also has enhanced comfort for high-intensity sports activities. The shoe comes with a Linear Energy Push, which helps runners with a more responsive stride. In terms of design, this is one good looking shoe, made with a high-performance recycled material. The Ultraboost 21 drops on January 28.
Price: Rs 17,999

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HRX N-Flux Running Shoes

We are super proud that homegrown sportswear brand HRX is doing great quality running shoes — tried and tested by us. The N-Flux shoes are designed to keep your heel and forefoot at the same level from the ground, ensuring that you land on your midfoot, thereby reducing the stress during long runs. The Flux design takes the shape of the bottom of your sole, giving you an extremely stable running experience. It is important for the back of your foot to be well secured and this pair of shoes has an external heel panel to that exact effect.
Price: Rs 2,000

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Riaan George
Riaan J. George is a luxury journalist and blogger based between Mumbai, India, and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also worked for several leading luxury publications including L’Officiel India, Eat Stay Love, Blackbook India. He is passionate about covering beats like luxury trends, grooming, men’s fashion, auto, hospitality and aviation.