January Sales - My Picks
With Christmas over, and January almost upon us you can expect to pick up some huge bargains. I've trawled through some shoes, and found, what I consider to be the best deals on various different categories of footwear. When selecting my picks, I took into account a very broad range of runners, and they may not be suitable for you. If this is the case, you can find more great deals on shoes, and clothes by following the links below.
If you're a neutral runner, there are plenty of options to choose from. However, my picks of the sales for Neutral Running Shoes are:
Asics Gel Kurow
The Asics Gel Kurow is a relatively new shoe from Asics, and provides a mid point between the Gel Nimbus and the Gel Cumulus. It provides all of the cushioning of the Nimbus, but in a slightly lower, sleeker platform, so is as light and flexible as the Cumulus. Find it here, at 50% off, making it £59.99
The Saucony Triumph 10 is a superbly cushioned shoe, and is Saucony's flagship neutral shoe. Slightly lower in the heel at 8mm, it promotes a natural gait cycle, and is very light. Find it here at 50% off, making it just £57.49
Support shoes come in all shapes and sizes, and levels of support. However, here are my picks of the sales for support shoes:
The Saucony Guide 6 is an excellent support shoe for Mild-moderate over-pronators, and has become one of Sauconys most popular shoes. It uses an 8mm heel to toe drop, and a dual density midsole to provide a natural gait cycle, and prevent over-pronation, while the Pro-grid midsole provides superb cushioning. Find it here at 55% off, making it just £44.99
The Adidas Supernova Sequence 6 has built upon the excellent Sequence 5, and made it lighter, more flexbile, and kept the stabilty and cushioning that made it great. Using a Pro-moderator bar to prevent over-pronation, and Adiprene cushioning, it is both stable and soft. Find it here at £54.99, giving it a saving of 42%
Trail shoes are particularly relevant at this time of year, so it is important to get the right shoe for your needs. However, my picks for the sales are:
The Adias Kanadia TR5 is an aggresive, hard wearing, stable hyrid shoe. That means that it has enough cushioning, and is hard wearing enough to be worn on the road, yet has a more aggressive outsole than a road shoe. It won my best bargain shoe in my Trail Shoe Awards, and at 30% off, it is an excellent choice. Find it here for £37.95
Inov8 Trailoc 246
The Inov8 Trailroc 246 is the ladies version of the Inov8 Trailroc 255, winner of Best Coastal Path shoe in my Trail Shoe Awards. It is a minimal, rugged shoe, that has a protective and grippy sole, tha sticks to mud and rock, making it perfect for coastal paths, and the more rugged terrain. Find it here for £74.99, saving 31%.
Minimal shoes are hard to get right, and come in varying levels of cushioning and structure. I've gone for a unisex shoe, and one with no cushioning, but also serve a warning. These shoes have NO cushioning, so good technique must be used. With that said, my pick is:
The Inov8 Bare-x 180 is a very light very comfortable barefoot shoe. It has a wider toe-bx to allow your toes to spread, and has a very grippy outsole. Designed for use on the road, it is a very fast shoe for those with good technique. Find it here for £47.49, givng it a saving of 50%
A new category of shoe has arisen over the past few seasons, and with more and more brands producing a slightly more minimal shoe, but one that promotes a natural movement, it is steadily on the rise. It is a great option for anyone wanting to slowly work down to a minimal shoe, or for those of you who still require a little cushioning. Below are my picks:
This is my shoe of choice. It is a combination of Mizunos popular Precision and Elixir ranges, and offers superb cushioning, a good level of stability, and weighs next to nothing. It is the only shoe I have given a 10/10 to, and is light enough to be used in races, but has enouh about it to be used as an everyday trainer. Find it here for £69.99 giving it a save of 30%
The Asics Gel Volt 33 - 2 uses Asics relatively new FluidAxis technology, to provide a more natural flexion around the ankle. It is all about promoting a more natural movement through the gait cycle, whilst still providing ample cushioning. Find it here for £39.99, giving it a saving of 60%
So those are my picks of the sales, however I have chosen based on sizes available, and in a very broad range of suitabilites. If you have something specific that you know works well for you, have a search for them on the links at the top of the page. You might find that they only have your size left, so are offering a huge discount. For example, the Adidas Adistar Boost in a UK6 is only £60 here.
If you're new to running following an over-indulgent Christmas, check out my blog on Starting Running here, and to find out which shoes are suitable for you, click here to be taken to the Shoe Fit Helper.
For now, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and have kept up your running!