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It goes without saying that the tremendous rise of parkrun participation in recent years has seen the 5k distance become a popular choice for people running, jogging or walking their way into a more active lifestyle. 

As official retail partners of parkrun UK we want to help you cut through the noise of the overwhelming amount of running shoes on offer to help you find the right shoe for your 5k run.

Whether you’re at a parkrun, on a training run, heading off-road or in a big race, rest assured we have something for every 5k runner out there with up to 70% OFF selected styles.

Fastest 5k Running Shoes 

Keep these for when you need to feel light on your feet and fast all the way to the finish! If you are looking for something special on your next run, you'll need a light running shoe that works with your body and drives you forward with every step. Luckily we have an extensive range of fast racing shoes that are well suited for setting a 5k PB on road/pavement surfaces or pushing for the race day podium.

Our top picks for fast 5k running shoes include the Nike Vaporfly NEXT%, the adidas Adizero collection, Mizuno Wave Shadow and the New Balance Fuelcell Rebel

Don't be fooled into thinking that a lightweight fast race day shoe has to be minimal in design and mass, in-fact some of the fastest shoes on the market have been finding innovative ways to increase cushioning and energy return to help prevent against injury and make you faster all at the same time. See our Cushioned running shoes below for more options. 

You can see our full collection here for Mens’s Running Shoes or Women’s Running Shoes

5K Trail Running Shoes

Does your parkrun route look more like a mud bath than a footpath or are you an off-road explorer? At Pro:Direct we love a trail run, especially when we have the grip and traction required to stay well balanced and go the distance.

We currently have over 50% off selected trail running shoes so you can enjoy your run for less.

Some of our favoured shoes for running an off-road 5K are the Salomon Speedcross range, adidas Terrex Collection, the Nike Pegasus Trail and the ASICS Gel Sonoma.

Shop the full Trail Running Shoe collection. 

Everyday Shoes for 5K and More

If you are looking for a multipurpose shoe that can cope with 5k and beyond then look no further, some of our most popular recommendations include the Nike Pegasus, HOKA Clifton, ASICS Gel-Nimbus and the adidas Solar Boost

We’d specifically recommend these if you are looking for one shoe to do the majority of your running  like parkrun, training, racing or on the treadmill.

Just getting in to running? Want to spend less but still get a great shoe?

If you're relatively new to running and are looking for a great all-rounder at a lower price we’ve hand selected a collection of running shoes that are perfect for parkrun and beyond, here are the links to SHOP MENS and SHOP WOMENS

Structured Shoes

Structured running shoes can help to protect and support your feet and legs as you pass through your natural running stride, helping to keep you injury free and running at your best. Some of our best sellers include the ASICS GT 2000, Brooks Adrenaline GTS, Saucony Guide ISO 2 and the Adidas Solar Glide ST

See our full collection of Men’s structured running shoes or Women’s structured running shoes.

How do I know if I need a Structured running shoe?

If you are still unsure what a structured shoe is or if you need one then please use our guide for understanding gait analysis and pronation and ask one of our experts. 

Cushioned Neutral Shoes

When it comes to neutral running shoes, we have the best in class for entry level 5k runners right up to the top-end models used by record holders. If you are a heavier runner, very injury prone or simply wanting a softer feel as you impact the floor we'd recommend that you choose a running shoe with more cushioning like the Nike Epic React, New Balance FreshFoam 1080, Brooks Ghost, Mizuno Wave Rider or the ASICS Gel Cumulus.

Do cushioned shoes slow you down?

More cushioning doesn't only mean a softer ground impact. Our top brands have been constantly improving the energy return in their cushioned shoes with industry leading technology from adidas BOOST, Nike ZoomX and React foam, ASICS Gel and New Balance FreshFoam. While the performance of these different cushioning methods can vary, essentially they are all trying to prevent injury, provide comfort and propel you forwards. One brand that's really setting the trend in cushioned shoes is HOKA ONE ONE who have been globally one of the fastest growing brands in the running shoe market due to their dedication to producing comfortable yet responsive cushioned running shoes. 

If you want to see our full range take a look at all of our Neutral Running Shoes and find the right shoe for you. 

Sale Running Shoes

We pride ourselves on offering the best running product on the market, but that doesn't mean that we can't offer you great value too. With up to 70% OFF our sale range of running shoes we're certain you'll find something that's right for you.


So that brings us to the end of our favourite 5K running shoes and hopefully highlights some good options for you to take a look at. 

If you are still looking for your perfect shoe then try looking over our full list of Running Shoes to browse the full collection. 


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