How to Find the Right Running Shoes for your Training Needs

If you are new to running, finding the right pair of running shoes based on your training needs is essential to prevent injuries


If you are planning to start a more active lifestyle, the first thing you will need is a good pair of running shoes.

More than just looking good, the right pair of running shoes can help you to optimise your runs as well as protect you from unnecessary injuries.

Every beginner to the sport of running faces this question, and it's normal to find yourself wondering what type of running shoe would best suit your running style and needs.

Where do you usually pick your shoes from? An old pair lying around the house? The one in your favourite colour at the store?

There are many different types of running shoes built to suit the different profiles and training needs of runners.

One of the first things to take note of is your running gait. This can be done via gait analysis if you are not aware if you tend to pronate or supinate more as a runner.

This in turn determines the type of running shoes you may wish to get. For example, you may have over-pronation in your running gait, or you might want a lighter pair for your interval trainings.


In this seventh episode of The Better Show, host Cheryl Tay and fitness enthusiast Brandon Teo discuss the different types of running shoes, using ASICS' running range as a reference.

ASICS Gel-Kayano 28

Known as ASICS' bread and butter shoe, the Gel-Kayano 28 is in its 28th generation - with 28 years of an impressive and proven track record, making this pair the number one shoe in the region for ASICS.

Its Dynamic Duomax support system reduces stress on the foot caused by over pronation and provides better stability, while the Flyte Foam Blast technology, helps form the cushioning in the mid sole.

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This goes together with the Gel technology in the rear of the shoe to reduce impact when a runner's foot strikes the ground, as well as in the front of the shoe to help enhance shock reduction during forward movement.

Suitability: For recreational runners who want better protection and stability, or if you wish to head out for your easy training runs. Where timing is not crucial, this is a good pair of shoes.

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23

Known as the sibling shoe to the Kayano, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is ASICS' number one shoe in the world. It is suitable for recreational runners with a neutral stride.

The Gel-Nimbus 23 for women has a higher stack height and cushioning than the men's version as studies have shown that women and men tend to run differently.

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ASICS Novablast

The perfect choice for those how are completely new to running or just picked up running, the ASICS Novablast is a comfortably, bouncy and energetic shoe.

It is designed with a trampoline effect to help propel runners forward. For a more detailed review of this shoe, read our shoe review by national hockey athlete Gene Leck.

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ASICS Magic Speed

As you become a more experienced runner and wish to take the next step to improve, you may wish to consider the ASICS Magic Speed.

Recommended for tempo runs and intervals, the ASICS Magic Speed not only comes with ASICS' signature FF Blast technology, but also has a guide sole technology - a three quarter carbon plate in the midsole that helps to propel runners forward for a more energy efficient run.

This helps runners to be less fatigued after a long run.

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ASICS Metaspeed Sky

Used by elite athletes in competitions, the ASICS Metaspeed Sky is so light that it weighs less than 200g for both the men's and women's.

The Flyte Foam Turbo technology used here, is the pinnacle of ASICS' Flyte Foam technology, making it a very responsive shoe with high energy return, which makes it an ideal pair of shoes for racing and runs that are timing dependent.

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ASICS Gel-Trabuco 9

Recommended for trail running, the ASICS Gel-Trabuco 9 comes with a rock protection plate in sole to protect runners from striking their feet against hard objects when doing their trail runs, or even in the case of sharp objects piercing through the shoes this allows runners' feet to be well protected.

Want to win a pair of these running shoes from ASICS?

[ASICS SHOES GIVEAWAY] Orange Room is giving away a pair of ASICS Novablast 2 / GEL-Kayano 28 to one lucky winner to help you on your running journey!

All you have to do is follow @orange_room_asia and @asicssg on Instagram, subscribe to its YouTube channel, make sure your account is public and DM us the answers to these questions:

1) What effect is the ASICS Novablast designed to mimic?

2) What is the technology in the Asics Magic Speed?

Submit your entry before 12 September, Sunday, 11.59pm and you may just be a lucky winner.

The Better Show is a series brought to you by Orange Room and hosted by Cheryl Tay to help enrich your active lifestyle and empower you with the right skills to help you in your cycling, running and swimming.

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