Now that the fitness industry is properly ankle-deep in the performance foam arms race, you’ll find it’s near impossible to decide on a pair of running shoes. Yet the sport has always been about endurance, and if there’s one thing that could make or break your goals, it’s the shoes. 

Like everything else, long-distance running shoes haven’t been spared from the influence of technology. They’re now lighter, and are significantly more responsive than say, even a mere two years ago. Synthetic mesh uppers are gradually being phased out by fitted, sock-like materials instead, while foam bases are enhanced by gel and even specially-formulated beads that promise an unrivalled bounce back. 

Whether you’re training to conquer your local park or aiming for a full marathon, these long-distance running shoes will serve you well.