Best Running Shoes for a 5k
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!
THE BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR 5k
The 5k distance offers the unique versatility of being the perfect entry into long distance running for newcomers to the sport, whilst also attracting serious attention from the most seasoned club runners.
There’s no two ways about it, 5ks can really hurt! Nothing quite compares to the lactic induced torture of a hard 5k hit out but when you’re bounding down the finishing straight to demolish your previous PB, suddenly the oxygen debt and metallic taste in the mouth is so worth it!
On the opposite side of the spectrum, a relaxing 5k trot around your local park with good company can be a truly wonderful way to improve general fitness and clear the mind.
Either way, in this article, we’ll go through a list of shoes suited to the needs of runners from all abilities. So stick around!
THE BEST BUDGET FRIENDLY RUNNING SHOE
Carbon plated super shoes are all well and good, but if you’re new to running and looking for a comfortable, cushioned running shoe that won’t break the bank, check out some of these affordable, yet highly capable options!
A wonderful workhorse of a running shoe. The adidas Supernova is made to check your running goals off one by one. Durable, responsive Boost foam in the heel softens the impact whilst a comfortable upper and durable rubber outsole keeps you running longer with peace of mind.
THE BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR OFF-ROAD
Lover of the great outdoors? Prefer technical terrain and forest trails to pounding pavement? For those days when you need a little extra bite underfoot, or, if you’re taking on a more adventurous route, the following shoes will keep you on your feet.
THE BEST SUPPORTIVE RUNNING SHOES
If you’re looking for a little extra support in your stride to keep you running 5k and beyond in comfort and confidence, take a look at some of our favourite stability options.
Most of the shoes on this list will feature the same plush padding and cushion underfoot, with the addition of a firmer density medial post on the inside of the shoe to guide your foot through your gait cycle.
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo
Subtly supportive without sacrificing performance, the Vongo features many of the same features of the popular neutral Fresh Foam 1080 mentioned above. You can expect the same long-lasting cushioning with an extra bit of medial support to keep you moving in confidence.
THE BEST SHOES FOR RUNNING FAST
We love parkrun for a plethora of reasons. One of which being it’s commitment to inclusivity for runners of all abilities. That being said, if you’re ready to let rip and use the free 5k as a chance to blast your old PB out the water, we’ve got the shoes for you.
Ultra-lightweight uppers, responsive midsoles, carbon plates. You’ll find all that and more with the following top tier, high performance options!
adidas adizero Takumi Sen 8
The first shoe of its kind specifically designed for shorter road races, the Takumi Sen 8 continues to build upon the rich Adizero heritage. Lower to the ground, lighter and more flexible than its Adios Pro 2 sibling, this one is a no brainer for your next 5k!
HOKA Rocket X
HOKA's lightest high performance shoe to date. Relatively lower stack height comparative to other offerings on the market ensures stability around those tight parkrun course bends. Full length carbon plate adds the pop!
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