WHAT should you look for when you’re shopping for running shoes? Well, you’ll need to ask yourself what kind of ride you want when you hit the pavement. How stiff and stable do you like your shoes? How soft and supportive do you want the sole to be? (Keeping in mind, of course, that you probably wouldn’t want something lightweight for really long runs or for trails.)
Then, of course, there’s the price. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up this list of pairs under P5,500. They’re all solid running shoes that won’t break the bank.
adidas Nova Run
How it feels: Before anything else, those reflective trims give this shoe some serious racing stripes. The two-toned midsole and sturdy construction provide a steady, supportive ride for all your runs.
Get it if: You want a solid-feeling and great-looking shoe.
adidas Alphabounce Beyond
How it feels: This is one looker that looks just as good off the running track as on it. It’s a sturdy shoe that makes up for in stability what it may lack in cushioning.
Get it if: You’re looking for a shoe that you can take to the track, the gym, and the bar.
Asics Gel Sonoma 4
How it feels: This trail runner comes with Asics' trademark Gel tech around the back of your foot, soaking in the shocks as you hit the off-road. Also in the heel area is an internal heel counter and no-sew medial reinforcement for even more stability.
Get it if: You’re an overpronator who likes the great outdoors.
Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex
How it feels: Merrell’s always been known for being an outdoors brand, and the Agility Synthesis Flex lives up to the brand’s rep with deep 5mm lugs, a resilient upper mesh, and firm toe cap.
Get it if: You’re on the trails a lot, and need something sturdier.
Nike Legend React
How it feels: It’s got a new type of foam that adds that little bit of bounce to your gait. That, combined with the high forefoot drop, makes it ideal if you’ve got a heavy heel strike.
Get it if: You need something spirited, springy, and durable.
Nike Flex RN 2019
How it feels: The Flex lives up to its name: the stretch knit goes over your feet like a comfy old sock, while the foam sole provides a fair bit of cushioning.
Get it if: You want a lightweight pair that still provides support and bounce.
Nike Zoom Rival Fly
How it feels: Maybe you should ask yourself first: how does it make you look? This brash shoe is more than just the aesthetics: it’s got a soft but firm ride, a great heel lock, and a snug, booty-like fit.
Get it if: You’re a runner looking for a little style.
Nike Air Zoom Winflo 5
How it feels: Versatile and comfy, the Air Zoom Winflo 5 is everything you’re looking for in a go-to running shoe. Bonus: it’s got those Flywire cables for maximum fit.
Get it if: You don’t mind not getting the latest model, but are in the market for a solid pair of runners.
Reebok Endless Road
How it feels: The MemoryTech foam full-foot midsole keeps things comfy, even when you’re logging in the kilometers. The breathable, seamless upper will keep your feet from getting toasted.
Get it if: You’re on the hunt for a lightweight, sturdy, breathable set of kicks.
Saucony Versafoam Flare
How it feels: Saucony’s Versafoam tech gives you a soft, cushioned ride, while the full-blown rubber outsole adds durability.
Get it if: You’re looking for a stylish all-arounder that’s not just built for the road, but for everything you need to throw at it.
Saucony Kinvara 10
How it feels: Lightweight with a minimal drop, it’s a no-frills shoe that fits well, feels great, and just works. Hey, it’s the 10th iteration of one of the all-time running greats.
Get it if: You want something that’s practical and time-tested.
Skechers GORun Pure
How it feels: A pillowy ride will make you feel like you can wear them all day. Plus, the lightweight midsole ensures that it doesn’t feel too bulky.
Get it if: You’re looking for a comfortable run above everything else.
Skechers GORun 6
How it feels: The sock-like upper gives this shoe an incredible snugness. The overall firmness of the shoe doesn’t sacrifice the cushioning, and yes, the GORun line’s famed lightness.
Get it if: You need a sleek but sturdy short-distance runner.
Underarmour Charged Escape 2 Reflect
How it feels: These shoes are all about the fit. They mold around the heel with an external heel counter and a firmer midsole to lock your gait, while the sockliner goes all around your foot for some snug cushioning.
Get it if: You’re a heel striker looking for firmness and flexibility.