We take a look at some of the latest running footwear models to hit the roads and trails in 2024
With a new year comes a wealth of new models from all the leading brands. New foam cushioning plays a big part for many brands, with materials offering a high level of energy return becoming more commonplace.
Under Armour – UA Infinite Elite – £145.00
The new UA HOVR+ foam cushioning used in this model provides the softest and springiest feeling shoe to date from the brand. The maximal cushioned stack means this shoe is built for logging those miles day after day and it does so with ease, soaking up every step and providing a smooth and energised ride.
The Infinite is comfortable from the moment you place your foot inside, with a knitted upper that hugs the foot with a plush feel and precision fit. Using a knitted construction allows areas of stability and support as well as breathability and flexibility into a single-piece upper. This eliminates additional weight but also creates a soft against-the-foot fit that has a sock-like feel.
Neat padding around the ankle collar, Achilles area and tongue add further plushness to the fit of the upper to provide ‘pull it on and forget about it’ type of feel.
This shoe is a neutral, daily training and it does the job without any particular bells and whistles. That said, it doesn’t need anything more. Styability comes from the new broader-based and revised geometry of the midsole. This creates a very stable platform that’s also incredibly responsive and durable thanks to the new HOVR+ foam.
The overall ride is soft yet stable with a nice balance of responsiveness that allows you to push the pace a little and still get a little feedback from the shoe.
It’s a shoe that competes with much more expensive range-topping cushioned models so is certainly worth looking at for a supremely cushioned shoe.
This new model is the first to be launched in 2024 of a package of new models from the brand that will also include a durable, ‘all-round’ trainer and an update to the brand’s carbon racing model.
Saucony – Ride 17 – £135.00
A significant update to the previous version, the Ride 17 sees the addition of the brand’s PWRRUN+ foam, one of the new generation of super-foams. This upgrade adds a new level of responsiveness to the shoe and gives it an energised ride that makes it a faster-feeling shoe. The cushioning is a more than…