Performance trainers are not a one size fits all situation. Walk in any store and you’ll see a plethora of options: running, training, high-impact, and walking. And that’s not even sifting out the high-tech options and kicks that boast comfort. Given the choice, it can be overwhelming when it comes to selecting one. Keep in mind that picking a pair of perfect trainers is not just about choosing for comfort — a common mistake buyers make while purchasing. The durability, stability, weight, and size matters as well.

How do you start? Ask yourself these questions: ‘How long will I be running?’, ‘Can I use this for other training, like weight lifting or jungle trekking?’, ‘How fast do I want to run?’, ‘What type of road will I be running on?’, ‘Will I be running fast in the marathon or am I taking it easy this time?’. Answering them correctly brings you closer to your perfect performance trainers.

Here’s one more factor to consider: Your pronation pattern. Pronation is the way you walk, or how your foot rolls inwards when you walk or run. Running with the wrong set of performance trainers, may result in injuries. The same goes to selecting trainers based on your weight. For example, if you are heavier in weight, go for the ones with extra cushioning so it’ll reduce the stress on your knees and lower legs, landings will be much comfortable too.

While choosing the best performance trainers for you sounds impossible after considering the factors above, it’s not. Take your time in deciding, don’t feel pressured by the sales person to purchase them immediately, always have a few to consider just in case one doesn’t work out, and most importantly, do not purchase just because it’s on trend. We round up five performance trainers with different features so you can get a head start onto choosing for your next marathon.

1
Nike's Womens Nike Air VaporMax Chrome Blush

These trainers are designed to make you feel as if you are wearing nothing on your feet. It provides air cushioning and protection from heel to toe, while hugging your feet with a snug, sock-like fit so you get extra flexibility while running. The cushion at the sole gives you an extra ‘lift’ as if you have an extra spring in your step.

Womens Nike Air VaporMax Chrome Blush, RM749

2
Adidas' UltraBOOST X All Terrain

With unpredictable weather, there comes in a need for a pair of trainers that can last through it all. Adidas UltraBOOST X All Terrain uses a splash water-repellent primeknit upper so your feet stays dry amidst the rain and all terrain lux configuration for extra grip so you don’t slip and fall in dirt or on the road. These trainers are specially made for the female foot that gives a better fit and arch for comfort.

UltraBOOST X All Terrain, RM899

3
Under Armour's Women's UA SpeedForm Europa Running Shoes

While running, there are other things you need other than energy and speed: stability and support. These trainers give your feet extra stability by providing premier cushioning, a precision fit, and structured support without neglecting comfort.  Lightweight blown rubber under the forefoot is used so the trainers are lighter and more comfortable when you walk, run or jog.

Women’s UA SpeedForm Europa Running Shoes, RM619

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Puma's Ignite Dual Prism Women's Running Shoes

Boost your speed with these trainers that are not only lightweight but sports gridded outsoles that will accelerate your speed as you run. Round toecaps and textile insole for comfort and rubber outsole for grip to prevent slip and slides.

Ignite Dual Prism Women’s Running Shoes, RM479.26

5
Reebok's Supreme Floatride Nite Shoes

Its unique consistent cell structure is what gives these trainers its best feature for long runs and marathons. So when you start running, jumping or just slowing down to a pace, the cushion is able to absorb the impact while the foam rim centers and balances your foot for stability.

Supreme Floatride Nite Shoes, RM869

Jolin Lee
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