The Best Running Shoes You Can Buy in Manila Right Now

For long-distance jogs and quick-paced runs.

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PHOTO BY Adidas, Asics, Brooks ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) When the first COVID-19 lockdown was implemented in March 2020, many people turned to exercise—believe it or not—to remain sane in the face of the life-altering changes happening in the world. Folks quickly discovered that exercise, whether at home, through online classes, or in open-air spaces, can give one an outlet for their pent-up anxieties, make them feel healthier and more energetic, and can even be a fun hobby—yes, endorphins are real; science has proven it. But in case you’re one of those people who haven’t quite incorporated physical activity into your weekly routine, don’t sweat it (pun intended) because you can start any time. If you’ve been meaning to start jogging around your neighborhood or in open spaces around the Metro, allow us to help. Below, we list 10 of the best running shoes you can shop locally right now. Not only can these pairs give you the right support for those morning jogs, but they can also be the source of motivation you need to finally start running on the regular.

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These are the best running shoes you can buy in Manila right now:

Ultraboost 22 Shoes (P9,500) from Adidas

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Adidas’ Ultraboost sneakers continue to be one of the most popular pairs out there for runners and exercise enthusiasts. They recently updated the shoe with brand-new construction that’s tailor-made for women’s feet, particularly with a narrower heel fit and lower instep curve. The 2022 iteration of the shoe also provides more forefoot energy, softer cushioning, and an overall snug fit.

Available online; see a list of Adidas stores.

Gel Kayano 28 (P9,190) from Asics

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The Kayano is a classic pair in Asics’ archives and has been part of the sportswear brand’s lineup for decades. Today, it’s still one of their most popular styles and is considered legendary among in-the-know runners. It’s designed particularly to assist overpronators—those whose ankles roll too far downwards and inwards with each step—thanks to the supportive build and foot-cradling rear support. You also get a smooth stride thanks to the gel technology as well a soft landing with each step and a stable but responsive feel.

Available online; see a list of Asics stores.

Air Zoom Pegasus 38 (P6,295) from Nike

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With Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 38, you get a lightweight running shoe that promises a responsive feel and durable rubber cushioning with extra bounce. The pair also has a wide forefoot—so you get an accommodating fit—as well as a snug wrap around the foot thanks to the webbing on the upper. You can get the sneaker in a variety of stylish colorways, so you can choose one that would match your usual activewear ensembles.

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Available online; see a list of Nike stores.

Charged Breeze Running Shoes (P4,995) from Under Armour

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If a weightless feel is your main priority when it comes to running shoes, check out Under Armour’s Charged Breeze model. The sneaker’s mesh upper promises excellent ventilation while the lightweight compression foam promises support and responsiveness minus the bolk. You also get a durable outsole that promises to withstand all kinds of terrain.

Available online; see a list of Under Armour stores.

Ricochet Sneakers (P6,495) from Brooks

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For a running shoe that’s flexible enough to support any changes in movement, Brooks’ Ricochet sneaker would be a great pick. The arrow-point pattern on the outsole helps you move from heel to toe quickly while still providing light responsiveness so you lose less energy. Inside the shoe, you’ll find a heel rap as well as a suede heel tab to prevent discomfort and irritation.

Available online and at Brooks' store in 73 C. Raymundo Avenue, Pasig City.

Wave Inspire 13 (P5,995) from Mizuno

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Like many of Mizuno’s shoes, the Wave Inspire uses a technology known as the wave system to provide excellent cushioning that evenly spreads out the impact on the foot—mimicking the movement of a wave—and is built to last. This iteration of the running shoe promises breathability, a lightweight build, and great stride adaptability.

Available online; see a list of Mizuno stores.

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Endorphin Speed 2 (P7,995) from Saucony

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Saucony’s Endorphin Speed 2 running shoe is a great option for daily running sessions. You get excellent comfort and responsiveness that doesn’t sacrifice speed, making it ideal for long runs and track workouts. And don’t be fooled by that thick cushioned sole; the pair has a lightweight build that promises a propelling feel.

Available online; see a list of Saucony stores

Fresh Foam 1080 V11 Performance Shoes (P9,395) from New Balance

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If maximum comfort is your top priority, this New Balance sneaker would be right up your alley. The Fresh Foam 1080v11 promises a stretchy forefoot—great for those with wider feet—as well as a breathable upper and a thick sole with high energy return. The versatile shoe can be used for both long-distance jogs and speedy runs.

Available on Zalora.

One One Arahi 4 (P6,245) from Hoka

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Hoka’s Arahi 4 sneakers are stability running shoes, which means they offer added support for extra comfort and reduced risk of injury, making them ideal for those with flat or low arches. While support is the priority on this pair, don’t worry because it doesn’t sacrifice performance. Hoka’s early stage Meta-Rocker—which places the transition zone of the rocker sole closer to the heel—premises smooth running and walking motions as well as fast transition from heel to the forefoot.

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Available online.

Velocity Nitro Running Shoes (P7,000) from Puma

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Athletic shoe website Run Repeat called Puma’s Velocity Nitro the brand’s best overall running shoe. Ideal for daily training, the pair promises bounce, support, and an easy-on-the-legs feel. The sneakers are also versatile enough for both long-distance jogs and quick-paced runs.

Available online.

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