Every runner knows that good-quality running shoes are an essential, yet highly personal part of a strong running routine.

Running shoes act as the barrier between your feet and the ground and are critical for preventing injury in the long term. They provide cushioning and absorb the impact when we run.

It is also important that we replace our running shoes every few hundred miles or so as the soles can be worn out and will be less effective at protecting against injuries. However, choosing a running shoe that best suits our individual needs can be an overwhelming process.

So, if you’re looking to replace your running shoes this fall, we have narrowed down five of the best running shoes on the market right now:

HOKA One Clifton 8

You might have seen these shoes on your social media accounts as they are especially popular among fitness influencers on TikTok and Instagram.

This model of HOKA not only looks incredibly sleek and stylish but offers a high level of shock absorption and cushioning due to its thick foam sole. They are lightweight, yet sturdy, and will provide excellent cushioning mile on mile.

Asics Gel Nimbus 23

Asics running shoes have long been a cult classic among avid runners, but their classic gel nimbus model has been updated for 2021. This model comes equipped with their patented FlyteFoam sole and Gel heel pads for ultimate shock absorption and bounce.

The Gel Nimbus 23 is a great model of shoe for all types of runners, and it is loved by both long-distance runners and short-distance runners, as well as new and seasoned runners!

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11

This model of New Balance running shoes features a Fresh Foam sole and is perhaps best suited to city-runners. Pavement running requires shoes with an ability to withstand high-impact training, and this model performs well in this respect.

The 1080v11 looks stylish with a mesh-knit upper and is lightweight, so you’ll feel comfortable and look good when racking up the miles in your city.

On Cloud X 2.0

Perhaps the most versatile running shoe we would recommend is the On Cloud X, as not only does it perform well in a variety of training sessions – from HIIT workouts to weight training and cardio – but this shoe looks elegant and stylish when worn casually.

So, if you’re looking for a trendy sneaker that you can wear to the coffee shop, and then to the gym for a mixed training set, this is the perfect style for you!

Saucony Ride 14

If you struggle to find running shoes to fit your foot shape – maybe you have slightly wider feet than overage or higher instep – the Saucony Ride 14 might be worth trying. Their shoes are made to accommodate a variety of foot shapes and sizes and they have an extensive size range.

This style comes in a range of bright colors and is well-cushioned to support both long-distance and shorter distance runs.