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Best Running Shoes of 2022

Want to start running a bit more in 2022, keen to get moving in the gym, or want to be out in nature making a splash on the trails? Well, it all starts with the right footwear. Read on to discover our best running shoes for 2022.

Best Road Running Shoes

Let’s start on the road, these are our best road running shoes for the year ahead. 

1.  adidas adizero Boston 10 - There is nothing bad to say about this shoe, it’s perfect for race day and every day. They combine highly responsive Lightstrike Pro foam, with carbon-infused energy rods that follow the body’s anatomy running under each metatarsal. The result gives you an incredible energy and powerful toe-off with every foot strike. We are loving the versatility of the Boston we think it is definitely one of the best adidas running shoes around in 2022! Explore the latest model here and read our full Boston 10 running shoe review here 
New Balance 1080 Running Shoes

 2. New Balance 1080v11 - Looks, cushioning and fit, the New Balance 1080 has it all! When thinking of the best New Balance running shoes, it is hard to look past the 1080, just pipping other favourites like the New Balance RC Elite for those speed demons. Packed with Fresh Foam this is plush cushioning at its finest, think of the 1080 as a Rolls Royce, you are getting from A to B in true style and complete luxury! We also love the range of colours and variety of foot width options for all runners to find their ideal fit. Check them out here.

3. Saucony Ride 14 - Designed and inspired by the people, Saucony made tweaks to the shoe based on extensive wear testing and customer feedback. Retaining all the features that runners of the Ride have come to love the latest model gives you the right amount of cushioning, yet responsive enough to take you on a ride! For those after some winter running shoes, to help you be safe and seen then check out the Vizi Pro collection, it’s also available in a range of other colours, check them out here.

Best Trail Running Shoes

Are the trails calling you this year? Get off road more with some of the best trail running shoes of the year!

4. Saucony Peregrine 11 - A trail runners dream, the Saucony Peregrine has been around for a while and earned a reputation for reliance on the trails! Looking for a shoe that is going to give you grip and cushioning all in a stylish package then stop looking. The Saucony Peregrine adds more strength to its position with the ST model, which gives you an added edge on the softer terrain. Available in a range of colours, check here. 

asics sonoma 6 best running shoes 2022

5. ASICS GEL-Sonoma 6 - A shoe that just makes you want to get outdoors in nature! An effortless balance of great cushioning and top-level traction, and at only £80 it certainly helps you test out the trails before you take the plunge investing. We think Sonoma gets the nod for best ASICS running shoe, because of its accommodating fit, versatility for running and walking, as well as its durability, this shoe is really going to stand up to the test of the trails. Explore the Sonoma here.

Best Gym Shoes

Hitting up the treadmill for some cardio or just sweating it up in the gym, these are some of the best running shoes for the gym this year. 

6. adidas Ultraboost 22 - This shoe serves up comfort every single time. Known around the world for its aesthetics the adidas Ultraboost took the running world by storm, being a performance running shoe that transcended into pop culture and the world of athleisure! It’s rare that you find one running shoe that can do it all, comfort, fit, give you a great energy return, be versatile for the gym and look good with a pair of jeans. For us it is the sheer adaptability of this shoe which makes it our best gym shoe of the year. For a runner that finds themselves in the gym, or a gym lover who wants to take it to the next level with their cardio, the Ultraboost should be your top consideration. Explore the Ultraboost here.

The 6 best running shoes of 2022 

    • All round favourite – adidas adizero Boston
    • Luxurious comfort – New Balance 1080
    • Classic runner – Saucony Ride
    • Trail tester – ASICS Sonoma
    • Fitness ready – adidas Ultraboost 
    • Off-road specialist – Saucony Peregrine 


All in all, it’s looking like a good year for running, and with some of the best running shoes of the year available in your local Up & Running you can count on us for every step this year!

Up & Running

Up & Running is the UK’s largest independent running retailer, serving local communities across the UK. Founded in 1992 Up & Running is a family business, offering specialist running knowledge, products, advice and expertise.




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