Top 4 Daily Trainers

If you’re getting into running for the first time, or getting back into running after some time off, it’s best to start off slow and build up your running volume and intensity over a period of months. For this reason, the shoes that will be most important to you will be your daily trainers, which are used for the bulk of your running.

Generally, these will be your heaviest shoes, but what you sacrifice in weight, you gain in comfort and protection. Jogging is more about time on your feet and building your aerobic fitness, rather than trying to push your limits and chase a PB every session. So you want to make sure you can fit enough running in to build this aerobic base, whilst still feeling fresh enough to turn up week after week, and not feel too fatigued, and risk injury.

For most people, it’s important (but not essential) your daily trainers prioritise these features:

  • Cushioning, to absorb repetitive impact.
  • Comfort, to make your runs enjoyable.
  • Higher heel pitch, to offload your calf muscles and achilles tendon.
  • No carbon plate needed, because your running will be at a slower pace.

4 shoes that fit this bill include:
Saucony Triumph 21

  • Neutral
  • Maximal cushion
  • 10mm heel pitch
  • No carbon plate

Brooks Glycerin 20

  • Neutral
  • Maximal cushion
  • 10mm heel pitch
  • No carbon plate

Asics Nimbus 26

  • Neutral
  • Maximal Cushion
  • 8mm heel pitch
  • No carbon plate

On Cloudmonster 2

  • Neutral
  • Maximal Cushion
  • 6mm heel pitch
  • No carbon plate

All of these shoes are neutral shoes, which means the sole is the same density on the medial and lateral side, and the shoe isn’t trying to restrict a certain movement of the foot i.e pronation. These shoes all prioritise cushioning, which helps take the edge off when pounding the pavement.
The On Cloudmonster has the lowest heel pitch, which means this won’t offload your achilles as much as the other 3 shoes. Something to be mindful of if you have a history of achilles problems.

All of these shoes are versatile daily trainers. They are a great place to start if you’re getting back into running, and they are also perfectly fined to use for the seasoned runner to use as staple for easy and long runs.

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