Running Shoe Reviews and Information

Topo Athletic Magnifly 3 Review | Zero Drop Road Running Shoes

Topo Magnifly 3 Review For those unfamiliar with Topo, Topo is a brand that is all about letting the foot function. So all the shoes have a low heel to forefoot drop to allow a more natural, midfoot landing. The heel to forefoot drop ranges from 5mm to 0mm with a variation of cushioning levels/stack heights and different levels of flexibility. So whatever your skill level there is a Topo shoe that will meet your needs. The toe box is broad and rounded, more like a natural foot shape. This... Read More


Altra Provision 4 Review | Zero Drop Guidance Running Shoes for Pronation

Altra Provision 4 Review There aren’t many if any running shoes on the market that are made to allow your foot to function naturally but also give some guidance or pronation support. The reason for this is that most runners who land on their midfoot tend not to then pronate, as a lot of pronation is caused by the initial breaking force when the runner’s heel hits the floor. The other reason is that it’s difficult to make. If you put a mechanism in the shoe to actively reduce the... Read More

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Altra Timp 2.0 vs Timp 1.5

The Altra Timp is Altra’s well cushioned trail running shoe. Designed for mainly hard packed trails but versatile enough for some tarmac and some wetter trails too. Like all Altra shoes the Timp has a broad and rounded toe box aka FootShape and is Zero Drop. In combination with each other, these two aspects of Altra running shoes allow your foot to both splay on impact & function inside the shoes whilst giving them room to expand as they land and naturally warm up. You are even encouraged to run... Read More

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Altra Lone Peak 4.5 vs 4 | Zero Drop Trail Running Shoes Compared

The Altra Lone Peak is Altra’s original and most popular Zero Drop trail running shoe. It has developed a lot over the years and has become one of the most popular trail shoes that we sell at Northern Runner, with a mid/boot version and a waterproof version also available. The current version is the Lone Peak 4.5, which like all Altra shoes is Zero Drop, with a broad rounded toe box (aka FootShape) and as such is designed to allow the foot to function naturally and encourage movement through a... Read More


How Should Running Shoes Fit? Find the Best Running Shoes for Your Feet

A lot of the running niggles and problems that we hear about in the shop are down to the fit of the customer’s running shoes. Running shoes in general, from major high street brands in particular, started to take on a common shape and form and many people bought what they considered normal. A Quick History Lesson For example, it seemed normal for all shoes to have a pointy toe box and yet feet aren’t pointy and this shape squashes the toes into a small space and doesn’t allow them... Read More


New Balance 1080v10 Review | Running Shoe Reviews by

New Balance 1080v10 Review — The New Balance 1080 v10 is the latest version of New Balance’s most cushioned running shoe. The shoe is designed for the neutral runner to use for their everyday and longer training runs. Over the previous nine versions, the 1080 has built up a large and passionate following due to its comfort and fit, coupled with a careful balanced cushioning that is neither too hard nor too soft for most runners. The fit of the 1080v10 is further enhanced by a knitted upper that has... Read More

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Scott Supertrac 2.0 Review | Trail Shoe Reviews from

Scott Supertrac 2.0 Trail Running Shoe Review — The Scott Supertrac is our bestselling trail shoe in store. The reason for this is its versatility. As most trail shoes are designed either in the US or with the US market in mind, they often don’t have the combination of traction in wet muddy conditions and cushion/underfoot protection for hard packed trails that we need in the UK. This makes it difficult to find a trail shoe that is versatile enough to work in all the conditions you might encounter during... Read More

New Balance 1080v10 Review | Part 1 – Intro | Max. Cushioned Road Running Shoes

New Balance 1080 v10 Review Part 1 – Introduction The New Balance 1080 is a flagship road running shoe has now been around 10 years or so. The 1080 is New Balance’s most cushioned, neutral road running shoe and the new 10th version is actually considerably different to the 1080 v9. The upper is now knitted and much softer, with a bit of stretch. It still holds the foot firmly onto the shoe but feels a bit lighter and moves with the foot a bit more. This makes the shoe... Read More


Inov-8 X-Talon G 210 vs. X-Talon G 235 | Fell Shoe Reviews

X-Talon G 235 vs X-Talon G 210 Inov-8 has recently launched two new up dates to it’s X-Talon range. These are the Inov-8 X-Talon G235 and the Inov-8 X-Talon G210. The X-Talon range of shoes comes with 8mm long studs designed to grip wet and muddy terrain. These two new shoes have the same tried and tested sticky rubber but, this rubber has been mixed with Graphene. The Graphene makes the soft sticky rubber more durable without any loss of adhesion. It also makes the outsole more flexible and less... Read More

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How to Run a Bob Graham Round | Kim Collison’s Adventure

Record Breaking Kit for the Bob Graham Round — If you follow our blog or you are an avid fell runner then you will have seen that Kim Collison of Borrowdale Fell Runners made history on Sunday 1st December 2019. Kim lowered the Winter Bob Graham Record to 15 hours 47 minutes. A time which ranks as the 9th fastest winter or summer round. A truly remarkable achievement! For those not so into their fell running, the Bob Graham Round is a 24 hour challenge run/walk over 42 Lakeland Peaks.... Read More