Running Shoe Reviews and Information


Topo Athletic Runventure 3 Review | Zero Drop Trail Running Shoes

Topo Athletic is a brand designed to let your feet function. All of the shoes have a broad and rounded toe box to give your feet the room to spread on impact. This stabilises you and stretches out the planta fascia, which cushions you and springs you into your next step. In order for you to be able to land midfoot and load the foot correctly, all Topo running shoes have a low heel to forefoot drop ranging from 0mm to 5mm. The Runventure 3 is a lightweight zero drop... Read More

la-sportiva-jackal-review 05/07/2020

La Sportiva Jackal Review | Cushioned Trail/Mountain Running Shoes

During lock down a new pair of shoes arrived in the post from La Sportiva. It’s always exciting when a new shoe arrives and you get to slip them on to your feet for the first time. Often you know whether they will be good or not straight away, and the Jackal was a good fit. My first impression was these shoes are designed for ultra, with plenty of cushioning. The cushioning was supportive and very comfortable and with already over 100 fell and trail miles they have quickly become... Read More

Hoka Carbon X Review | Carbon Fibre Running Shoes

For as long as I have been selling running shoes customers have always asked jokingly if the shoes they were purchasing would ‘make them run faster’. Off course the reality has always been that a shoe that suits your gait will make it more comfortable to run, reduce the chance of you getting injured, allowing you to run more and get fitter, run further or faster. There was an attempt to change this recently, when running companies like Hoka One One and New Balance started releasing shoes designed to help... Read More


Scott Supertrac RC 2.0 Review | Trail & Fell Running Shoes

Scott Sports launched the Supertrac RC on the 8th January 2017. In the 3 and a half years since then they have become a common site on the British fells and trails. The combination of grip and cushioning, in a lightweight responsive package has made them the shoe of choice for many runners. My last ‘A Category’ fell race was last year’s Blencathra race. The distinctive yellow outsoles seemed to be everywhere, almost like every other runner was wearing a pair. At the 2019 3 Peaks Race the winner Brennon... Read More

altra_timp_2_review 07/06/2020

Altra Timp 2 Review | High Cushioning Trail Running Shoes

The latest addition to the Altra Zero Drop trail running range is the Timp 2. The Timp has sat between the Lone Peak, which offers a nimble & flexible feel designed to cope with all trail conditions and the Olympus, Altra’s maximum cushioning trail shoe, designed to go the distance on firmer trails. A 100-mile shoe or the shoe for those who appreciate a lot of cushioning. The issue for many is that the Lone Peak isn’t cushioned enough to cope with road to trail and the Olympus isn’t nimble... Read More


Hoka One One Evo Mafate 2 Review | High Cushioning Trail Running Shoes

The Hoka Evo Mafate 2 is designed to be highly cushioned for long days of trail running, yet also nimble and light enough to run quickly in. The heel to forefoot drop is 4mm, with a high 35mm stack height in the heel, to 31mm in the forefoot. For those not used to such a thick midsole you will initially feel taller in the shoes! As with all Hoka trail running shoes, the Evo Mafate 2 has a rocker. This is designed to roll you through the gait cycle and... Read More


Topo Athletic Magnifly 3 Review – P2 Road Test | Zero Drop Road Running Shoes

The Topo Magnifly 3 has the same midsole and outsole as the previous version. It is is a light, responsive, zero drop everyday training shoe. The midsole comprises a soft EVA under the foot to give a comfortable and initially soft feeling landing. There is then a firmer EVA underneath to give a more responsive overall ride, great for keeping you moving quickly and lightly on your feet. The stack height is 25mm and this coupled with a good toe spring makes this a shoe that you can easily run... Read More


Do I Need Orthotic Insoles in My Running Shoes? | Read Our Short Guide

Off the shelf Orthotic insoles are designed to offer some support for over pronation. When your foot hits the ground your foot rolls inwards slightly and your arch compresses. This is one of your bodies shock absorbers and springs you into your next step. In a strong neutral foot the arch springs back into shape and you push off from the end of your bit toe. If your foot isn’t as strong then the arch doesn’t spring back quick enough and you push off from the inside of your foot.... Read More


Brooks Dyad 11 Review – Part 1: Introduction to the Brooks Dyad

Obviously, no one shoe is for everyone. We all have different shaped feet and hit the ground with different forces. Some of us pronate and need some support in our shoes when others use an orthotic to give them some support. That being said, there is one at Northern Runner Newcastle that has been a top 3 best seller since it came on the market over 10 years ago.  The Brooks Dyad was created in response to the Dutch Brooks distributor wanting a stable, yet neutral shoe. Initially Brooks made... Read More


New Balance Tempo Review

The New Balance Tempo is the replacement for the beloved New Balance Zante. However, the Tempo is not just the Zante under a new name. As the name suggests, the New Balance Tempo is a shoe made for running at a faster pace. Compared with something max. cushioned like the 1080, if you prefer a firmer, less cushioned ride and naturally faster tempo in all your training, then the Tempo could even be your everyday trainer. For most people though, this will be a shoe for your tempo runs, steady... Read More